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REEK, noun

1. Vapor; steam.

2. A rick, which see.

REEK, verb intransitive [Latin fragro. The primary sense is to send out or emit, to extend, to reach.]

To steam; to exhale; to emit vapor; applied especially to the vapor of certain moist substances, rather than to the smoke of burning bodies.

I found me laid in balmy sweat, which with his beams the sun soon dry'd, and on the reeking moisture fed.

Whose blood yet reeks on my avenging sword.