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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Synonyms for sensation

Synonyms

feel, feeling, sense

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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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The Twittersphere quickly noticed and turned this hilarious (and relatable) moment into a viral meme sensation. Nicole Saunders, Harper's BAZAAR, "This Meme of Antoni Porowski Third-Wheeling Kate Beckinsale and Pete Davidson's Hockey Date Is Relatable AF," 4 Mar. 2019 After emergency care, recovery typically involves rehabilitating any function lost due to brain tissue damage, including changes to speech, movement, and sensation. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "Luke Perry of 'Beverly Hills, 90210' and 'Riverdale' Is Hospitalized After Suffering a Stroke," 28 Feb. 2019 The sensation is like a helmet on your head that just keeps getting tighter. Jacqueline Andriakos, SELF, "13 People Explain What It’s Really Like to Have a Migraine," 1 Feb. 2019 The social media sensation has forced some decorators to think outside the box and get creative with non-edible decorations. Caroline Judelson, Fox News, "Engagement cookies are the new bridal trend," 9 Aug. 2018 At some point in their treatment for cancer, somewhere between 17% and 75% of patients with malignancies that don’t affect the central nervous system report the sensation that a mental fog has set in. Melissa Healy, latimes.com, "What causes ‘chemobrain’? It’s time for neuroscientists to get serious about finding out, experts say," 13 June 2018 That type of bulk-texting has been the basis of viral growth for apps like the 2016 sensation Down To Lunch, which let people invite all their friends to lunch at the same time. Mark Gurman, Anchorage Daily News, "Apple cracks down on apps sharing information on users' friends," 12 June 2018 But Adam is hardly the first kid singing sensation to get the same sort of treatment on social media. Diana Pearl, PEOPLE.com, "All About the Fourth Grader Whose Cover of John Lennon's 'Imagine' Is Bringing Us to Tears (and More Amazingly Talented Kids)," 5 June 2018 The Schmidt Peterson Motorsports rookie sensation finished ninth in Sunday's 500-mile race, the only first-timer to secure a top-10 finish. Jim Ayello, Indianapolis Star, "Robert Wickens wins Indy 500 rookie of the year," 28 May 2018

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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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sensation

noun

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 distinguised 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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