Smelt
Smell Smell (sm[e^]l), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Smelled}, {Smelt}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Smelling}.] [OE. smellen, smillen, smullen; cf. LG. smellen, smelen, sm["o]len, schmelen, to smoke, to reek, D. smeulen to smolder, and E. smolder. Cf. {Smell}, n.] 1. To perceive by the olfactory nerves, or organs of smell; to have a sensation of, excited through the nasal organs when affected by the appropriate materials or qualities; to obtain the scent of; as, to smell a rose; to smell perfumes. [1913 Webster]

2. To detect or perceive, as if by the sense of smell; to scent out; -- often with out. ``I smell a device.'' --Shak. [1913 Webster]

Can you smell him out by that? --Shak. [1913 Webster]

3. To give heed to. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

From that time forward I began to smellthe Word of God, and forsook the school doctors. --Latimer. [1913 Webster]

{To smell a rat}, to have a sense of something wrong, not clearly evident; to have reason for suspicion. [Colloq.]

{To smell out}, to find out by sagacity. [Colloq.] [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

Synonyms:
(as ore),


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  • Smelt — Smelt, n. [AS. smelt, smylt; akin to Dan. smelt.] 1. (Zo[ o]l.) Any one of numerous species of small silvery salmonoid fishes of the genus {Osmerus} and allied genera, which ascend rivers to spawn, and sometimes become landlocked in lakes. They… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • smelt — smelt1 [smelt] n. pl. smelts or smelt [ME < OE, akin to Norw smelt, whiting, Du smelt, Ger schmelte, sand eel] any of various fishes (order Salmoniformes); esp., any of a family (Osmeridae) of small, silvery, salmonoid food fishes found in… …   English World dictionary

  • smelt — smelt·er·man; smelt; smelt·er; smelt·ery; …   English syllables

  • Smelt — Smelt, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Smelted}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Smelting}.] [Of foreign origin; cf. Sw. sm[ a]lta, D. smelten, Dan. smelte, Icel. smelta, G. schmelzen OHG. smelzan, smelzen; probably akin to Gr. ?????. Cf. {Enamel}, {Melt}, {Mute}, v. i.,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Smelt — Smelt, imp. & p. p. of {Smell}. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • smelt — sb., en, er el. smelt, e(r)ne (en fisk) …   Dansk ordbog

  • smelt — Ⅰ. smelt [1] ► VERB ▪ extract (metal) from its ore by a process involving heating and melting. DERIVATIVES smelter noun. ORIGIN Dutch, Low German smelten. Ⅱ. smelt [3] …   English terms dictionary

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  • smelt — index burn Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • smelt — n. small silvery edible fish native of cold northern waters (in Europe and North America) v. melt or fuse ore to extract the metal content smel n. act of smelling, sniffing; sense of smell; scent, odor, fragrance; characteristic quality, aura v.… …   English contemporary dictionary

  • smelt — smelt1 /smelt/, v.t. 1. to fuse or melt (ore) in order to separate the metal contained. 2. to obtain or refine (metal) in this way. [1535 45; prob. < MD or MLG smelten; c. G schmelzen to MELT1, smelt] smelt2 /smelt/, n., pl. (esp …   Universalium

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