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Odour vs. Smell — What's the Difference?

Odour vs. Smell — What's the Difference?

Difference Between Odour and Smell

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Odour

A distinctive smell, especially an unpleasant one
The odour of cigarette smoke
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Smell

The sense, located in the nasal cavities of mammals and relying on the olfactory nerves, by which molecules borne in a fluid such as air can be perceived; the olfactory sense.
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Odour

A lingering quality or impression attaching to something
An odour of suspicion
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Smell

A similar sense in other animals, as insects' ability to perceive air-borne molecules with their antennae.
Sep 23, 2019

Odour

Variant of odor.
Sep 23, 2019
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Smell

The act or an instance of smelling
Got a smell of the pie.
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Odour

(British spelling) odor
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Smell

A quality of something that is perceived by the sense of smell; an odor
The smell of a barn.
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Odour

The sensation that results when olfactory receptors in the nose are stimulated by particular chemicals in gaseous form;
She loved the smell of roses
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Smell

A distinctive enveloping or characterizing quality; an aura or trace
The smell of success.
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Odour

Any property detected by the olfactory system
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Smell

To perceive (an odor) by the sense of smell.
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Smell

To perceive or detect (something) by a chemosensory organ, such as an antenna.
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Smell

To inhale the air near (something); sniff
Smiled as she smelled the rose.
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Smell

To detect or discover, as by intuition or inference
We smelled trouble ahead. The committee tried to smell out corruption in law enforcement.
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Smell

To use the sense of smell.
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Smell

To sniff
The dog was smelling around the bed.
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Smell

To have or emit an odor
"The breeze smelled exactly like Vouvray—flowery, with a hint of mothballs underneath" (Anne Tyler).
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Smell

To have or emit an unpleasant odor; stink
This closet smells.
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Smell

To be suggestive; have a touch of something
A remark that smells of sanctimony.
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Smell

To appear to be dishonest or corrupt
The political situation is starting to smell.
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Smell

A sensation, pleasant or unpleasant, detected by inhaling air (or, the case of water-breathing animals, water) carrying airborne molecules of a substance.
I love the smell of fresh bread.
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Smell

(physiology) The sense that detects odours.
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Smell

(transitive) To sense a smell or smells.
I can smell fresh bread.
Smell the milk and tell me whether it's gone off.
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Smell

Followed by like or of if descriptive: to have a particular smell, whether good or bad.
The roses smell lovely.
Her feet smell of cheese.
The drunkard smelt like a brewery.
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Smell

To smell bad; to stink.
Ew, this stuff smells.
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Smell

To have a particular tincture or smack of any quality; to savour.
A report smells of calumny.
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Smell

To detect or perceive; often with out.
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Smell

(obsolete) To give heed to.
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Smell

(transitive) To smell of; to have a smell of
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Smell

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.
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Smell

To detect or perceive, as if by the sense of smell; to scent out; - often with out.
Can you smell him out by that?
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Smell

To give heed to.
From that time forward I began to smellthe Word of God, and forsook the school doctors.
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Smell

To affect the olfactory nerves; to have an odor or scent; - often followed by of; as, to smell of smoke, or of musk.
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Smell

To have a particular tincture or smack of any quality; to savor; as, a report smells of calumny.
Praises in an enemy are superfluous, or smell of craft.
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Smell

To exercise the sense of smell.
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Smell

To exercise sagacity.
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Smell

The sense or faculty by which certain qualities of bodies are perceived through the instrumentally of the olfactory nerves. See Sense.
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Smell

The quality of any thing or substance, or emanation therefrom, which affects the olfactory organs; odor; scent; fragrance; perfume; as, the smell of mint.
Breathing the smell of field and grove.
That which, above all others, yields the sweetest smell in the air, is the violent.
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Smell

The sensation that results when olfactory receptors in the nose are stimulated by particular chemicals in gaseous form;
She loved the smell of roses
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Smell

Any property detected by the olfactory system
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Smell

The general atmosphere of a place or situation and the effect that it has on people;
The feel of the city excited him
A clergyman improved the tone of the meeting
It had the smell of treason
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Smell

The faculty of smell
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Smell

The act of perceiving the odor of something
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Smell

Inhale the odor of; perceive by the olfactory sense
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Smell

Emit an odor;
The soup smells good
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Smell

Smell bad;
He rarely washes, and he smells
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