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sense that enables an organism to perceive and distinguish the odors of various substances, also known as olfaction. In humans, the organ of smell is situated in the mucous membrane of the upper portion of the nasal cavity near the septum. It is made up of the olfactory cells, which are actually nerve cells that function as receptors for the sense of smell. The free ends of the cells project outward from the epithelial tissue in the form of numerous hairlike processes. These fibers are buried in the mucus that coats the inner surface of the nasal cavity and are stimulated by various odors. Nerve fibers extend from the olfactory cells to an area of the brain called the olfactory bulb. Any disturbance of the nasal cavity—such as the common cold—in which the olfactory hairs are covered with excess mucus or other material, interferes with the sense of smell. Most physiologists agree that although a substance must be volatile to be sniffed by the nose, it must subsequently be dissolved in the mucous lining of the nasal cavity to be smelled. It is also believed that there are only a few basic odors (perhaps about seven), and that all other odors are a combination of these. Attempts at classifying the so-called primary sensations of smell have not yet been successful. The sense of smell is not as strongly developed in humans as in many other vertebrates, particularly carnivores which employ olfactory organs to locate food and detect dangerous predators. To many invertebrates (especially insects) as well, smell is a highly developed sensory mechanism, necessary in obtaining food, in finding mating partners, and in recognizing other animals.

What does it mean when you dream about a smell?

Experiences from the past play a part in distinguishing what a smell in a dream means to the dreamer. Sometimes we remember people by the odors we identify them with, like grandpa’s pipe tobacco. In this example, the significance of the dream would depend on what grandpa meant to the dreamer.


To perceive by olfaction.


that sense (olfaction) by which scents or odours are perceived


At times you may experience the sense of smell in your dreams. The smell could be environmental. If there is a strong smell in your sleeping environment, you may perceive it and incorporate it into your dream. Otherwise, the smell in your dreams is triggered by a memory. You may be associating your dream experience with a pleasant or unpleasant order. For example, if you are dreaming about your mother, you may smell the aroma of a food she once cooked. The smell may trigger emotions and reflect the general quality of the experience in your dream.
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(33) And it is worth nothing that in every case of realized physical smell perception, the smeller is either Don Quixote or Sancho Panza and not one of the other characters.
Sandra Smeller, city of Wenatchee human resource director, said the city does background checks for all employees and the information gathered depends on the specific position.
And my personal favorite, Riecher (Smeller, 2006), has the title protagonist buried up to his waist in aromatic, multicolored sneakers.
soldiers take a break from the frontline' 'SMELLER' Lance Corporal Joe Meller, 21, from Manchester' 'WOODY' Kingsman Steven Woods, 24, from Morecambe' 'SCOTTY' Sergeant Scott Morrow, 31, from Liverpool' 'SMILER' Fusilier Matthew Wain, mid-20s' 'PRINCESS' Kingsman Nick Griffin, 20, from Bolton' 'MAC' Kingsman Hugh Mcgeown,19, from Manchester' 'BERNIE' Kingsman Wayne Bernard, 28, from St Vincent' 'THE HON' Kingsman David Hon, 21, from Preston' 'SHORTY' Kingsman George Eid, 20, from Manchester' 'HILLY' Kingsman Jamie Hilton, 21, from Leigh' 'SHEENY' Captain Ben Sheen, 28, from Suffolk' Pictures: CPL IAN FORSYTH
In this sense, corresponding roughly to Buckland's category of "information-as-thing," (10) the concept of information is understood to designate symbols, signs, or signals, (11) i.e., noises or marks (or even aromas or flavors) that are interpreted in some way by the hearer or viewer (or smeller or taster).
About the authors: Johanna M Smeller was a research chemist in the NIZST Chemical Science and Technology Laboratory and Stefan D.
Because APS film cartridges are slightly smeller than 35mm rolls, Fuji has been able to make the Q1 small enough to fit easily in the palm of the hand.
When the fertilier manufacturing project is fully operational, we expect to achieve a long held goal of the company to reduce the sulphur dioxide emissions from the copper smeller stack at Mount Isa by up to 80%."
Then, last November, it issued proposed revisions that called for tightening the ozone standard by about 10 percent and for creating a new standard for smeller particles of soot--those at or below 2.5 micrometers in diameter.
MNC'S has consistently been smeller then the corresponding share of exports.
In addition to our interlocutors and contributors already mentioned, expressions of gratitude are in order for a number of organizations and individuals who have supported this endeavor: Our co-publisher for this issue UNESCO, of course; the International Research and Exchanges Board (IREX), whose grant defrayed part of the research trip to the region and whose various field representatives along the way stations were most helpful - first Zulfiya Tokhchukova and then Patrick Isamu Smeller in Alma-Ata and Bishkek, Leila Bokazhanova in Alma-Ata, Anara Jamasheva in Bishkek, and Cassandra Cavanaugh and her staff in Tashkent; representatives of the United States Information Service (USIS) for their valuable information and logistical support - Jennifer S.