An instance of sniffing.
A quantity of something that is inhaled through the nose
A brief perception
- She gave the flowers a quick sniff to check they were real.
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(ambitransitive) To make a short, audible inhalation, through the nose, as if to smell something.
- The dog sniffed around the park, searching for a nice scent.
To say something while sniffing, for example in case of illness or unhappiness, or in contempt.
- I sniffed the meat to see if it hadn't gone off.
To perceive vaguely
- "He's never coming back, is he?" she sniffed while looking at a picture of him.
To be dismissive or contemptuous of something.
(computing) To intercept and analyse packets of data being transmitted over a network.
(slang, UK) To inhale drugs in powder form (usually cocaine) through the nose.
- I can sniff trouble coming from the basement.
* sniff test
Related to .
Finely]] [[grind, ground or pulverized tobacco intended for use by being sniffed or snorted into the nose.
Fine-ground or minced tobacco, dry or moistened, intended for use by placing a pinch behind the lip or beneath the tongue; see also snus.
* 1896 , Universal Dictionary of the English Language :
A snort or sniff of fine-ground, powdered, or pulverized tobacco.
The act of briskly inhaling by the nose; a sniff, a snort.
Resentment or skepticism expressed by quickly drawing air through the nose; snuffling; sniffling.
(obsolete) Snot, mucus.
(obsolete) Smell, scent, odour.
- Dry snuffs' are often adulterated with quicklime, and moist ' snuffs , as rappee, with ammonia, hellebore, pearl-ash, etc.
* up to snuff
To inhale through the nose.
- He snuffs the wind, his heels the sand excite.
To turn up the nose and inhale air, as an expression of contempt; hence, to take offence.
* Bishop Hall
- Napoleon paced to and fro in silence, occasionally snuffing at the ground.
- Do the enemies of the church rage and snuff ?
The burning part of a candle wick, or the black, burnt remains of a wick (which has to be periodically removed).
* Jonathan Swift
- his memory stinks like the snuff of a candle when it is put out […].
(obsolete) Leavings in a glass after drinking; heel-taps.
(attributive) Pertaining to a form of pornographic film which involves someone's actually being murdered.
- If the burning snuff happens to get out of the snuffers, you have a chance that it may fall into a dish of soup.
* snuff film
* snuff movie
To extinguish a candle or oil-lamp flame by covering the burning end of the wick until the flame is suffocated.
(obsolete) To trim the burnt part of a candle wick.
* 1817 , , Northanger Abbey , [http://books.google.com/books?id=9QQ9AAAAYAAJ&dq=%22snuffed%20and%20extinguished%20in%20one%22&pg=PA205#v=onepage&q=snuffed&f=false]:
(slang) To kill a person; to snuff out.
- The dimness of the light her candle emitted made her turn to it in alarm; but there was no danger of its sudden extinction, it had yet some hours to burn; and that she might not have any greater difficulty in distinguishing the writing than what its ancient date might occasion, she hastily snuffed' it. Alas! it was ' snuffed and extinguished in one.
* snuff it
* snuff out