Hyper Dictionary

English Dictionary Computer Dictionary Video Dictionary Thesaurus Dream Dictionary Medical Dictionary

Search Dictionary:  

Meaning of STENCH

Pronunciation:  stench

WordNet Dictionary
[n]  a distinctive odor that is offensively unpleasant

STENCH is a 6 letter word that starts with S.


 Synonyms: fetor, foetor, malodor, malodour, reek, stink
 See Also: niff, odor, odour, olfactory perception, olfactory sensation, pong, smell



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Stench\, v. t.
    To stanch. [Obs.] --Harvey.
  2. \Stench\, n. [AS. stenc a strong smell, fr. stincan. See
    {Stink}, v. i.]
    1. A smell; an odor. [Obs.]
             Clouds of savory stench involve the sky. --Dryden.
    2. An ill smell; an offensive odor; a stink. --Cowper.
    {Stench trap}, a contrivance to prevent stench or foul air
       from rising from the openings of sewers, drains, etc.
  3. \Stench\, v. t. [AS. stencan to emit a smell, fr. stincan
    to smell. See {Stench}, n.]
    To cause to emit a disagreeable odor; to cause to stink.
    [Obs.] --Young.