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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web A year after the night that changed everything for USC, that sensation — not flipping around that Stanford outcome — is the most jarring difference. Los Angeles Times, 11 Sep. 2022 Since giving birth to her son, the pop sensation is (obviously) continuing her style streak. Alex Kessler, Vogue, 26 July 2022 The sensation Murnane seeks is not to be found in the words but in the images released by the act of recalling when the words were written. Merve Emre, The New Yorker, 25 July 2022 Yet the sensation that this model feels closer to a car than a motorcycle, at least in terms of sheer size, is ever-present. Peter Jackson, Robb Report, 12 July 2022 The Kardashians star and social media sensation have been friends since middle school. Seventeen, 13 June 2022 The German sensation was one of the headliners of the tour as he was courted by the most prestigious programs in the country before ultimately choosing Ohio State. Robert Fenbers, cleveland, 11 June 2022 This sensation will not be for everybody, but Whishaw gives the character’s steady descent just the right mixture of gravity and levity. Daniel Fienberg, The Hollywood Reporter, 1 June 2022 This sensation, however, will not be as powerful as the normal THC variety. The Salt Lake Tribune, 4 May 2022 See More

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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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20 Sep 2022

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“Sensation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sensation. Accessed 1 Oct. 2022.

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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: The Cross of Lead
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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