[ US /ˈsmɛɫ/ ]
[ UK /smˈɛl/ ]
  1. the general atmosphere of a place or situation and the effect that it has on people
    it had the smell of treason
    a clergyman improved the tone of the meeting
    the feel of the city excited him
  2. the act of perceiving the odor of something
  3. the sensation that results when olfactory receptors in the nose are stimulated by particular chemicals in gaseous form
    she loved the smell of roses
  4. any property detected by the olfactory system
  5. the faculty that enables us to distinguish scents
  1. emit an odor
    The soup smells good
  2. have an element suggestive (of something)
    this passage smells of plagiarism
    his speeches smacked of racism
  3. inhale the odor of; perceive by the olfactory sense
  4. smell bad
    He rarely washes, and he smells
  5. become aware of not through the senses but instinctively
    I smell trouble
    I sense his hostility
    smell out corruption
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How To Use smell In A Sentence

  • And, yes, the otherwise companionless apartment smelled like love for a few weeks each spring. The Orangery
  • The air smells like moist potting soil, the skin of potatoes… the damp chalk of limestone.
  • These creatures have the reputation of being smelly, vicious, spiteful and unreliable.
  • In some cases, the vomited milk may smell curdled because it has mixed with stomach acid.
  • It is true that, even at the time of the discovery of nitrobenzol, he pointed out the striking similarity of its smell to that of the oil of bitter almonds. The Art of Perfumery And Methods of Obtaining the Odors of Plants
  • I do not want to see or smell your funky feet, crusty heels or unpedicured toes.
  • The tantalising smell of roast tomatoes and red peppers is a taste of delights to come. Times, Sunday Times
  • We take a sightseeing boat trip around the bay and get a glimpse of the smart new opera house which looks exactly like two durians - a very distinctive local fruit that tastes great but has a repellant smell.
  • The other cheese beloved in Savoie, the smelly, oozing reblochon, is the star of a Savoyard specialty: the famous tartiflette. Savoie the Fair
  • There is a faint hissing sound and a burning smell. Times, Sunday Times
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