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From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Smell v. t. [imp. & p. p. Smelled Smelt p. pr. & vb. n. Smelling.]
 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.
 2. To detect or perceive, as if by the sense of smell; to scent out; -- often with out. “I smell a device.”
    Can you smell him out by that?   --Shak.
 3. To give heed to. [Obs.]
    From that time forward I began to smellthe Word of God, and forsook the school doctors.   --Latimer.
 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.]

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Smell·ing, n.
 1. The act of one who smells.
 2. The sense by which odors are perceived; the sense of smell.
 Smelling bottle, a small bottle filled with something suited to stimulate the sense of smell, or to remove faintness, as spirits of ammonia.
 

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

 smelling
      adj : (used with `of' or `with') noticeably odorous; "the hall was
            redolent of floor wax"; "air redolent with the fumes of
            beer and whiskey" [syn: redolent(p), smelling(p)]
      n : the act of perceiving the odor of something [syn: smell]