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sensation

noun sen·sa·tion \sen-ˈsā-shən, sən-\

: a particular feeling or effect that your body experiences

: a particular feeling or experience that may not have a real cause

: the ability to feel things through your physical senses

Full Definition of SENSATION

1
a :  a mental process (as seeing, hearing, or smelling) resulting from the immediate external stimulation of a sense organ often as distinguished from a conscious awareness of the sensory process — compare perception
b :  awareness (as of heat or pain) due to stimulation of a sense organ
c :  a state of consciousness due to internal bodily changes <a sensation of hunger>
d :  an indefinite bodily feeling <a sensation of buoyancy>
2
:  something (as a physical stimulus, sense-datum, or afterimage) that causes or is the object of sensation
3
a :  a state of excited interest or feeling <their elopement caused a sensation>
b :  a cause of such excitement <the show was the musical sensation of the season>; especially :  one (as a person) in some respect exceptional or outstanding <the rookie hitting sensation of the American League>
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Examples of SENSATION

  1. I experienced a stinging sensation in my arm.
  2. She felt a burning sensation in her throat.
  3. She craved new experiences and sensations.
  4. She had the strange sensation that someone was watching her.
  5. I couldn't quite shake the sensation that I'd been fooled.
  6. Her injury left her with no sensation in her legs.

Origin of SENSATION

Medieval Latin sensation-, sensatio, from Late Latin, understanding, idea, from Latin sensus
First Known Use: 1615

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SENSATION Defined for Kids

sensation

noun sen·sa·tion \sen-ˈsā-shən\

Definition of SENSATION for Kids

1
:  awareness (as of noise or heat) or a mental process (as seeing or smelling) resulting from stimulation of a sense organ <I felt a tingling sensation in my leg.>
2
:  an indefinite awareness of a feeling or experience <… I had the sensation I'd been there before. — Avi, Crispin>
3
:  a state of excited interest or feeling <The rumor caused a sensation.>
4
:  a cause or object of excited interest <The play was a sensation.>
Medical Dictionary

sensation

noun sen·sa·tion \sen-ˈsā-shən, sən-\

Medical Definition of SENSATION

1
a :  a mental process (as seeing, hearing, or smelling) due to immediate bodily stimulation often as distinguished from awareness of the process—compare perception b :  awareness (as of heat or pain) due to stimulation of a sense organ c :  a state of consciousness of a kind usually due to physical objects or internal bodily changes <a burning sensation in his chest>
2
:  something (as a physical object, sense-datum, pain, or afterimage) that causes or is the object of sensation
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