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sensation

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noun sen·sa·tion \sen-ˈsā-shən, sən-\

Simple Definition of sensation

  • : 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. 1a :  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 perceptionb :  awareness (as of heat or pain) due to stimulation of a sense organc :  a state of consciousness due to internal bodily changes <a sensation of hunger>d :  an indefinite bodily feeling <a sensation of buoyancy>

  2. 2 :  something (as a physical stimulus, sense-datum, or afterimage) that causes or is the object of sensation

  3. 3a :  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>

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


SENSATION Defined for Kids

sensation

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noun sen·sa·tion \sen-ˈsā-shən\

Definition of sensation

  1. 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. 2 :  an indefinite awareness of a feeling or experience <… I had the sensation I'd been there before. — Avi, Crispin>

  3. 3 :  a state of excited interest or feeling <The rumor caused a sensation.>

  4. 4 :  a cause or object of excited interest <The play was a sensation.>




Medical Dictionary

sensation

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noun sen·sa·tion \sen-ˈsā-shən, sən-\

Medical Definition of sensation

  1. 1a:  a mental process (as seeing, hearing, or smelling) due to immediate bodily stimulation often as distinguished from awareness of the process—compare perceptionb:  awareness (as of heat or pain) due to stimulation of a sense organc:  a state of consciousness of a kind usually due to physical objects or internal bodily changes <a burning sensation in his chest>

  2. 2:  something (as a physical object, sense-datum, pain, or afterimage) that causes or is the object of sensation





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