Scent vs Scend - What's the difference?

scent | scend |

As nouns the difference between scent and scend

is that scent is a distinctive odour or smell while scend is the rising motion of water as a wave passes; a surge.

As a verb scent

is to detect the scent of.



Alternative forms

* (obsolete)


(en noun)
  • A distinctive odour or smell.
  • the scent of flowers
    the scent of a skunk
  • 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.
  • Usage notes

    * Almost always applied to agreeable odors (fragrances ).


    * fragrance * perfume * aroma * odor * smell

    Derived terms

    * scentless


  • to detect the scent of
  • The hounds scented the fox in the woods.
  • * Shakespeare
  • Methinks I scent the morning air.
  • to impart an odour to
  • Scent the air with burning sage before you begin your meditation.
  • * Dryden
  • Balm from a silver box distilled around, / Shall all bedew the roots, and scent the sacred ground.
  • To have a smell.
  • * Holland
  • Thunderbolts do scent strongly of brimstone.
  • To hunt animals by means of the sense of smell.
  • Anagrams

    * cents




    (en noun)
  • The rising motion of water as a wave passes; a surge