Scent is the smell of perfume.
- The definition of a scent is an odor.
- The smell of a perfume is an example of scent.
- The distinctive smell that a person has that a dog can track is an example of that person's scent.
- Evidence that leads police to find a killer is an example of a scent that the police follow.
- Scent is to make something smell a certain way or to determine something based on smell.
- When you spray your pillow with lavender, this is an example of a situation where you scent your pillow.
- When a dog finds drugs by using his nose, this is an example of a situation where a dog scents drugs.
- to smell; perceive by the olfactory sense
- to get a hint or inkling of; suspect: to scent trouble
- to fill with an odor; give fragrance to; perfume
Origin of scentMiddle English senten from Old French sentir from Classical Latin sentire, to feel: see send
to hunt by the sense of smell
- a smell; odor
- the sense of smell
- a manufactured fluid preparation used to give fragrance; perfume
- an odor left by an animal, by which it is tracked in hunting
- a track followed in hunting
- any clue by which something is followed or detected
- an intuitive capacity for discovering or detecting: a scent for news
- A distinctive, often agreeable odor. See Synonyms at fragrance. See Synonyms at smell.
- A perfume: an expensive French scent.
- An odor left by the passing of an animal.
- The trail of a hunted animal or fugitive: The hounds are on the scent.
- The sense of smell: a bear's keen scent.
- A hint of something imminent; a suggestion: caught the scent of a reconciliation.
verbscent·ed, scent·ing, scents
- To perceive or identify by the sense of smell: dogs scenting their prey.
- To suspect or detect: scented danger.
- To fill with a pleasant odor; perfume: when blossoms scent the air.
To hunt prey by means of the sense of smell. Used of hounds.
Origin of scentMiddle English sent from senten to scent from Old French sentir from Latin sentīre to feel ; see sent- in Indo-European roots.
- A distinctive odour or smell.
- An odour left by an animal that may be used for tracing.
- The dogs lost the scent.
- The sense of smell.
- I believe the bloodhound has the best scent of all dogs.
- A perfume.
- (figuratively) Any trail or trace that can be followed to find something or someone.
- Almost always applied to agreeable odors (fragrances).
(third-person singular simple present scents, present participle scenting, simple past and past participle scented)
- to detect the scent of
- The hounds scented the fox in the woods.
- to impart an odour to
- Scent the air with burning sage before you begin your meditation.
- To have a smell.
- To hunt animals by means of the sense of smell.