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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Recent Examples on the Web

Ohtani moved to the major leagues last year and was an immediate sensation as a two-way player. Dylan Hernandez, latimes.com, "Shohei Ohtani and Yusei Kikuchi go from scrubbing toilets to living major league dream," 8 June 2019 The only thing keeping me awake during this class was an intense itchy sensation all over my legs. Kate Gardner, SELF, "What It’s Like to Be So Sleep Deprived That You Hallucinate," 14 Feb. 2019 Maria Baranova Be More Chill is an underground sensation of an off-Broadway musical. Constance Grady, Vox, "Why the off-Broadway musical Be More Chill is a viral teen sensation," 14 Aug. 2018 The Shelby GT350 became an immediate sensation when Ford unveiled it for the 2015 model year. Mark Phelan, Detroit Free Press, "Ford reveals 2019 Shelby GT350 Mustang with aero and handling upgrades," 11 June 2018 The album sold over 3 million copies and was an international sensation. Kimberly Winston, Houston Chronicle, "The stormy, surprising history of ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’," 1 Apr. 2018 Those terrifying sounds and subcutaneous sensations were common during missions. Chuck Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "'Cold Blue' Shows the B-17 Bomber Like You've Never Seen It Before," 16 May 2019 That sensation of total otherness is harder and harder to find. Francesca Babb, Condé Nast Traveler, "Actress Rosamund Pike on the One Item She Always Takes from Hotel Rooms," 19 Dec. 2018 Having been welcomed into the world on May 6, Archie has already taken part in an official photo call in Windsor, met his great-grandparents, celebrated Mother's Day with his mom and grandma, and become an Instagram sensation. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kate Middleton and Prince William Will Reportedly Meet Baby Archie Soon and We Can't Wait," 13 May 2019

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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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