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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR SCENT

Taking to the water threw the hounds off the scent of the track.

Tse-tse, who trusted me to keep the scent, was watching ahead for a sight of the quarry.

We dropped behind a boulder and Tse-tse counted while I lifted every scent.

The professor, who was a kind-hearted man, drew a herring across the scent.

The scent of a big item was in his nostrils, and it stimulated him like champagne.

A collection of German stories emitted a scent of brimstone.

Then, when he began to scent her purpose, she took another tack.

They do not wear gloves, nor are they addicted to scent on their pocket-handkerchiefs.

There was the scent of carrion in the air now; I saw it in his eyes.

The scent of blood in the moist air had made us wild beasts all.

WORD ORIGIN

late 14c., sent "to find the scent of," from Old French sentir "to feel, smell, touch, taste; realize, perceive; make love to," from Latin sentire " to feel, perceive, sense, discern, hear, see" (see sense (n.)).

Originally a hunting term. The -c- appeared 17c., perhaps by influence of ascent, descent, etc., or by influence of science. This was a tendency in early Modern English, cf. scythe, and also scite, scituate. Figurative use from 1550s. Transitive sense "impregnate with an odor, perfume" is from 1690s. Related: Scented; scenting.

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