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 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 hungerd : 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 sensationb : 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
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.
Recent Examples of sensation from the Web
Johnson cut his driving teeth in off-road trucks, so jostling around in a car — which happens every lap at Dover — is a familiar sensation.
There were YouTube sensations and huge Instagram stars and just amazing, amazing talent everywhere.
To recapture female customers, retailers need merchandise that offers the same sensation in less formal styles.
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The gemmy white gold mesh scarf the supermodel paired with her white strapless Naeem Khan gown caused a sensation on the red carpet–but not for the first time.
BNSF is part of Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway, which is based in Omaha, Neb. facebook twitter email Share The dog train rolls in east Fort Worth Eugene Bostick's dog train became an online sensation after a video appeared on BuzzFeed.
Dance crossover sensation The Chainsmokers (alongside Drake) smashed Billboard Music Awards records with their respective 22 BBMA nominations.
Waldman is a diligent guinea pig, recording her every mood, sensation and ache, journal style.
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Origin and Etymology of sensation
Medieval Latin sensation-, sensatio, from Late Latin, understanding, idea, from Latin sensus
First Known Use: 1615See Words from the same year
SENSATION Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of sensation for English Language Learners
: 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 Defined for Kids
Definition of sensation for Students
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) resulting from the immediate external stimulation of a sense organ often as distinguised 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
2: something (as a physical stimulus, sense-datum, pain, or afterimage) that causes or is the object of sensation
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