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sniff

(snĭf)
v. sniffed, sniffing, sniffs
v.intr.
1.
a. To inhale a short, audible breath through the nose, as in smelling something.
b. To sniffle.
2. To use the sense of smell, as in savoring or investigating: sniffed at the jar to see what it held.
3. To regard something in a contemptuous or dismissive manner: The critics sniffed at the adaptation of the novel to film.
4. Informal To pry; snoop: The reporters came sniffing around for more details.
v.tr.
1. To inhale forcibly through the nose: sniffed the cool morning air.
2. To smell, as in savoring or investigating: sniffed the lilacs; sniffed the breeze for traces of smoke.
3. To perceive or detect by or as if by sniffing: dogs that sniffed out the trail through the snow; sniffed trouble ahead.
4. To utter in a contemptuous or haughty manner: The countess sniffed her disapproval.
n.
1. An instance or the sound of sniffing.
2. Something sniffed or perceived by or as if by sniffing; a whiff: a sniff of perfume; a sniff of scandal.

sniff′a·ble adj.
sniff′er n.

sniff

(snif)
1. To inhale through the nostrils with the mouth closed.
2. To smell in short, quick inhalations.
References in classic literature ?
and who, when taken close to the cheeses and told to sniff hard, said she could detect a faint odour of melons.
Still she took a long sniff at the mouth of the Jar.
A brutal sniff, sniff,--and unprovoked--sniff, sniff-- assault.
The men voted her "the funniest and jolliest ever," but the sniffs on the top step and the lower step were implacable.
Several times he stopped and drew in the fresh morning air in great sniffs, reading a message which made him leap on with greater speed.
he said between the sniffs, "how very nice this is of you
The passing crowds can't help but turn their heads when passing Sniff, who is projected onto the window of what will soon become the cinema's new cafe bar.
All aspects of running the business are included in the Sniff K9s training, and the franchise also includes ongoing support, customer relationship management and website, full service online reputation and marketing services, full service virtual office and much more.
A smaller team are trained to sniff out explosives and others will be trained to sniff out people carrying explosives.
Then he had female volunteers sniff the sweaty secretions without telling them what they were.
The dog sniff that caught Caballes is just one crude, old-fashioned example of the search technologies available to law enforcement.
Customs has long used its dogs to sniff travelers, with good results, says Nolin.