Etymology: Middle English sent, from Anglo-French sente, from sentir
Date: 14th century
1. effluvia from a substance that affect the sense of smell: as
a. an odor left by an animal on a surface passed over
b. a characteristic or particular odor; especially one that is agreeable
a. power of smelling ; sense of smell <a keen scent> b. power of detection ; nose <a scent for heresy> 3. a course of pursuit or discovery <throw one off the scent> 4. inkling, intimation <a scent of trouble> 5. perfume 2 6. bits of paper dropped in the game of hare and hounds 7. a mixture prepared for use as a lure in hunting or fishing Synonyms: see fragrance, smell • scentless adjective II. verb Etymology: Middle English senten, from Anglo-French sentir to feel, smell, from Latin sentire to perceive, feel — more at sense Date: 15th century transitive verb 1. a. to perceive by the olfactory organs ; smell b. to get or have an inkling of <scent trouble> 2. to imbue or fill with odor <scented the air with perfume> intransitive verb 1. to yield an odor of some specified kind <this scents of sulfur>; also to bear indication or suggestions 2. to use the nose in seeking or tracking prey
New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.