- sent (obsolete)
From c.1400 Old French sentir "to feel, perceive, smell," from Latin sentire "to feel, perceive, sense"; originally a hunting term. The -c- appeared 17c., possibly by influence of ascent, descent, etc., or by influence of science.
scent (plural scents)
- A distinctive odour or smell.
- An odour left by an animal that may be used for tracing.
- The dogs lost the scent.
- The sense of smell.
- I believe the bloodhound has the best scent of all dogs.
- A perfume.
- (figuratively) Any trail or trace that can be followed to find something or someone.
- Almost always applied to agreeable odors (fragrances).
- to detect the scent of
- The hounds scented the fox in the woods.
- Methinks I scent the morning air.
- to impart an odour to
- Scent the air with burning sage before you begin your meditation.
- Balm from a silver box distilled around, / Shall all bedew the roots, and scent the sacred ground.
- To have a smell.
- Thunderbolts […] do scent strongly of brimstone.
- To hunt animals by means of the sense of smell.