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EtymologyEdit

From c.1400 Old French sentir (to feel, perceive, smell), from Latin sentire "to feel, perceive, sense"; originally a hunting term, ultimately from Proto-Indo-European *sent- (to feel), and thus related to Dutch zin (sense, meaning), German Sinn (sense), Low German Sinn (sense), Luxembourgish Sënn (sense, perception), Saterland Frisian Sin (sense), West Frisian sin (sense). The -c- appeared in the 17th century, possibly by influence of ascent, descent, etc., or by influence of science.

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NounEdit

scent (plural scents)

  1. A distinctive odour or smell.
    the scent of flowers
    the scent of a skunk
  2. An odour left by an animal that may be used for tracing.
    The dogs lost the scent.
  3. The sense of smell.
    I believe the bloodhound has the best scent of all dogs.
  4. A perfume.
  5. (figuratively) Any trail or trace that can be followed to find something or someone.
  6. (obsolete) Sense, perception.
    • 1590, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene:
      A fit false dream, that can delude the sleeper's sent.

Usage notesEdit

  • Almost always applied to agreeable odors (fragrances).

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VerbEdit

scent (third-person singular simple present scents, present participle scenting, simple past and past participle scented)

  1. to detect the scent of
    The hounds scented the fox in the woods.
    • Shakespeare
      Methinks I scent the morning air.
  2. to impart an odour to
    Scent the air with burning sage before you begin your meditation.
    • Dryden
      Balm from a silver box distilled around, / Shall all bedew the roots, and scent the sacred ground.
  3. To have a smell.
    • Holland
      Thunderbolts [] do scent strongly of brimstone.
  4. To hunt animals by means of the sense of smell.

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