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Smell, vb. (impf. and partic. smelt) 1) to perceive by the nose; absol.: Ven. 444. Ado III, 4, 64. Tim. IV, 3, 160 (--s from the common weal; cf. “From).” Hml. III, 4, 79. Oth. IV, 3, 95. With an object: Ven. 1171. Tp. IV, 178. Wiv. V, 5, 84. LLL III, 17. Merch. I, 3, 34. Shr. Ind. 2, 73. All's V, 3, 321. H4B I, 2, 175. Cor. V, 1, 31. Rom. II, 3, 25. Lr. II, 4, 72. III, 4, 189. IV, 6, 183. Oth. V, 2, 16. Cymb. V, 4, 115. to s. out == to find out by the nose: LLL IV, 2, 128. Wint. IV, 4, 687. Lr. I, 5, 23. to s. == to smell out: “let him s. his way to Dover,” Lr. III, 7, 93.
Metaphorically, == to perceive, to guess at, to find out by mental sagacity: “lest she some subtle practice s.” Pilgr. 307. “I s. some l'envoy,” LLL III, 122. “I s. false Latin,” V, 1, 83. “I s. some device,” Tw. II, 3, 176. Wint. II, 1, 151. IV, 4, 657. H4A I, 3, 277. Lr. I, 1, 16. Oth. III, 3, 232. V, 2, 191. With out: “can you s. him out by that?” Ado III, 2, 51. “--ing out a suit,” Rom. I, 4, 78. “there I smelt 'em out,” Lr. IV, 6, 105.
2) to affect the olfactory nerves, to have a particular odor; absol.: Sonn. 99, 2. Tp. II, 2, 26. Wiv. III, 3, 79. H5 IV, 1, 106. Caes. III, 1, 274. Hml. III, 3, 36. V, 1, 221. Cymb. II, 1, 18. “to s. strong,” All's V, 2, 5. “strongly,” All's V, 2, 5 “sweet,” H4A I, 3, 54. Rom. II, 2, 44. Oth. IV, 2, 68. “sweetly,” Wiv. II, 2, 67. Per. III, 2, 60. “tender --ing,” LLL V, 2, 569. “to s. well,” Cor. IV, 5, 5. “worse,” Sonn. 94, 14. “wooingly,” Mcb. I, 6, 6.
With of: “it --s of mortality,” Lr. IV, 6, 136. “knaves that s. of sweat,” Ant. I, 4, 21. Metaphorically, == to have a smack or tincture of: “s. of calumny,” Meas. II, 4, 159. “s. of her strong displeasure,” All's V, 2, 5. “thy counsel --s of no cowardice,” Tit. II, 1, 132.
Trans.: “I do s. all horse-piss,” Tp. IV, 199 (== I smell or stink of nothing but horse-piss). “all the chamber smelt him,” Gent. IV, 4, 22 (== smelt like him, was filled with his scent). “he --s April and May,” Wiv. III, 2, 69. “she smelt brown bread and garlic,” Meas. III, 2, 194. “your nose --s no in this,” LLL V, 2, 569.
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