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
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 : something (as a physical stimulus, sense-datum, or afterimage) that causes or is the object of sensation
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
I experienced a stinging sensation in my arm.
She felt a burning sensation in her throat.
She craved new experiences and sensations.
She had the strange sensation that someone was watching her.
I couldn't quite shake the sensation that I'd been fooled.
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
Rhymes with sensation
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SENSATION Defined for Kids
Definition of sensation
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 Definition of sensation
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: something (as a physical object, sense-datum, pain, or afterimage) that causes or is the object of sensation
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