Scent v. t. [imp. & p. p. Scented; p. pr. & vb. n. Scenting.]
1. To perceive by the olfactory organs; to smell; as, to scent game, as a hound does.
Methinks I scent the morning air. --Shak.
2. To imbue or fill with odor; to perfume.
Balm from a silver box distilled around,
Shall all bedew the roots, and scent the sacred ground. --Dryden.
Scent, v. i.
1. To have a smell. [Obs.]
Thunderbolts . . . do scent strongly of brimstone. --Holland.
2. To hunt animals by means of the sense of smell.
1. That which, issuing from a body, affects the olfactory organs of animals; odor; smell; as, the scent of an orange, or of a rose; the scent of musk.
With lavish hand diffuses scents ambrosial. --Prior.
2. Specifically, the odor left by an animal on the ground in passing over it; as, dogs find or lose the scent; hence, course of pursuit; track of discovery.
He gained the observations of innumerable ages, and traveled upon the same scent into Ethiopia. --Sir W. Temple.
3. The power of smelling; the sense of smell; as, a hound of nice scent; to divert the scent.
n 1: a distinctive odor that is pleasant [syn: aroma, fragrance,
2: an odor left in passing by which a person or animal can be
3: any property detected by the olfactory system [syn: olfactory
property, smell, aroma, odor, odour]
v 1: cause to smell or be smelly [syn: odorize, odourise]
[ant: deodorize, deodorize]
2: catch the scent of; get wind of; "The dog nosed out the
drugs" [syn: nose, wind]
3: apply perfume to; "She perfumes herself every day" [syn: perfume]