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,Dryden.
Shall all bedew the roots, and scent the sacred ground.
(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
3. The power of smelling; the sense of smell; as, a hound of nice scent; to divert the scent. I. Watts.
1. Full of scent or odor; odorous. "A scentful nosegay." W. Browne.
2. Of quick or keen smell.
The scentful osprey by the rock had fished.W. Browne.
(Scent"ing*ly) adv. By scent. [R.] Fuller.
(Scent"less), a. Having no scent.
The scentless and the scented rose.Cowper.
(||Scep"sis) n. [NL., from Gr. doubt, fr. to consider: cf. G. skepsis. See Skeptic.] Skepticism; skeptical
Among their products were the system of Locke, the scepsis of Hume, the critical philosophy of Kant.J. Martineau.
(Scep"ter, Scep"tre) n. [F. sceptre, L. sceptrum, from Gr. a staff to lean upon, a scepter; probably
akin to E. shaft. See Shaft, and cf. Scape a stem, shaft.]
1. A staff or baton borne by a sovereign, as a ceremonial badge or emblem of authority; a royal mace.
And the king held out Esther the golden scepter that was in his hand.Esther v. 2.