sensation

noun
sen·​sa·​tion | \ sen-ˈsā-shən How to pronounce sensation (audio) , sən- \

Definition of sensation

1a : a mental process (such 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 (such 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 (such as a person) in some respect exceptional or outstanding the rookie hitting sensation of the American League

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Examples of sensation in a Sentence

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.
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Recent Examples on the Web The photo created an immediate sensation, embodying the group’s iconoclasm and insouciance in a single image. Matt Schudel, BostonGlobe.com, "Fiona Adams, photographer who captured the Beatles on the rise, dies at 84," 12 July 2020 The first in the spaghetti western trilogy was an immediate box-office sensation in Italy — and a surprise one three years later when it was finally exported to the U.S. Chris Nashawaty, EW.com, "Oscar-winner Ennio Morricone, prolific composer of iconic spaghetti westerns, dies at 91," 6 July 2020 Nobody wants to do that, and not many people try to challenge themselves, fearing they’ll be caught in the dragging sensation of discomfort. Duy Ha, ExpressNews.com, "Tough times molded this class to charge ahead," 10 June 2020 Tear gas can cause excessive tearing, burning or blurred vision, as well as a runny nose or a burning sensation inside the nose, according to the CDC. Harmeet Kaur, CNN, "The military is banned from using tear gas on the battlefield, but police can use it on crowds at home. Here's why," 8 June 2020 While cleaning your dirty clothes, you are haunted by the sensation of having cleaned all these same clothes before—perhaps infinite times. Emma Brewer, The New Yorker, "New Glitches in the Matrix," 5 June 2020 Tear gas is the generic term for a class of compounds that cause a burning sensation. Lisa Song, ProPublica, "Tear Gas Is Way More Dangerous Than Police Let On — Especially During the Coronavirus Pandemic," 4 June 2020 Take a shower as soon as possible too, but use cold water, as hot water can make the burning sensation worse. Louryn Strampe, Wired, "How to Protest Safely: What to Bring, What to Do, and What to Avoid," 2 June 2020 Since then, the 21-year-old has become an Instagram sensation in the West African country. Aisha Salaudeen, CNN, "This comic sensation is wowing Instagram users with her skits on Nigerian families," 10 July 2020

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First Known Use of sensation

1557, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for sensation

Medieval Latin sensation-, sensatio, from Late Latin, understanding, idea, from Latin sensus

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The first known use of sensation was in 1557

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2 Aug 2020

Cite this Entry

“Sensation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sensation. Accessed 12 Aug. 2020.

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More Definitions for sensation

sensation

noun
How to pronounce sensation (audio)

English Language Learners 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

sensation

noun
sen·​sa·​tion | \ sen-ˈsā-shən How to pronounce sensation (audio) \

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.

sensation

noun
sen·​sa·​tion | \ sen-ˈsā-shən, sən- How to pronounce sensation (audio) \

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

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