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Meaning & Definition of Smell in English

English

Smell

/smɛl/

noun

1. The sensation that results when olfactory receptors in the nose are stimulated by particular chemicals in gaseous form

  • "She loved the smell of roses"
    synonym:
  • smell
  • ,
  • odor
  • ,
  • odour
  • ,
  • olfactory sensation
  • ,
  • olfactory perception

2. Any property detected by the olfactory system

    synonym:
  • olfactory property
  • ,
  • smell
  • ,
  • aroma
  • ,
  • odor
  • ,
  • odour
  • ,
  • scent

3. The general atmosphere of a place or situation and the effect that it has on people

  • "The feel of the city excited him"
  • "A clergyman improved the tone of the meeting"
  • "It had the smell of treason"
    synonym:
  • spirit
  • ,
  • tone
  • ,
  • feel
  • ,
  • feeling
  • ,
  • flavor
  • ,
  • flavour
  • ,
  • look
  • ,
  • smell

4. The faculty that enables us to distinguish scents

    synonym:
  • smell
  • ,
  • sense of smell
  • ,
  • olfaction
  • ,
  • olfactory modality

5. The act of perceiving the odor of something

    synonym:
  • smell
  • ,
  • smelling

verb

1. Inhale the odor of

  • Perceive by the olfactory sense
    synonym:
  • smell

2. Emit an odor

  • "The soup smells good"
    synonym:
  • smell

3. Smell bad

  • "He rarely washes, and he smells"
    synonym:
  • smell

4. Have an element suggestive (of something)

  • "His speeches smacked of racism"
  • "This passage smells of plagiarism"
    synonym:
  • smack
  • ,
  • reek
  • ,
  • smell

5. Become aware of not through the senses but instinctively

  • "I sense his hostility"
  • "I smell trouble"
  • "Smell out corruption"
    synonym:
  • smell
  • ,
  • smell out
  • ,
  • sense

Examples of using

I like the smell of fresh bread.
Don't touch fish in order that your arms didn't smell like fish.
I've lost my sense of smell.