I. noun Etymology: Middle English sent, from Anglo-French sente, from sentir Date: 14th century 1. effluvia from a substance that affect the sense of smell: as a. an odor left by an animal on a surface passed over b. a characteristic or particular odor; especially one that is agreeable 2. a. power of smelling ; sense of smell <
a keen scent
b. power of detection ; nose <
a scent for heresy
3. a course of pursuit or discovery <
throw one off the scent
4. inkling, intimation <
a scent of trouble
5. perfume 2 6. bits of paper dropped in the game of hare and hounds 7. a mixture prepared for use as a lure in hunting or fishing Synonyms: see fragrance, smellscentless adjective II. verb Etymology: Middle English senten, from Anglo-French sentir to feel, smell, from Latin sentire to perceive, feel — more at sense Date: 15th century transitive verb 1. a. to perceive by the olfactory organs ; smell b. to get or have an inkling of <
scent trouble
2. to imbue or fill with odor <
scented the air with perfume
intransitive verb 1. to yield an odor of some specified kind <
this scents of sulfur
; also to bear indication or suggestions 2. to use the nose in seeking or tracking prey

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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