sensation

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noun sen·sa·tion \sen-ˈsā-shən, sən-\

Definition of sensation

  1. 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. 2 :  something (such as a physical stimulus, sense-datum, or afterimage) that causes or is the object of sensation

  3. 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

  1. I experienced a stinging sensation in my arm.

  2. She felt a burning sensation in her throat.

  3. She craved new experiences and sensations.

  4. She had the strange sensation that someone was watching her.

  5. I couldn't quite shake the sensation that I'd been fooled.

  6. Her injury left her with no sensation in her legs.

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Origin and Etymology of sensation

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


First Known Use: 1615


SENSATION Defined for English Language Learners

sensation

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noun sen·sa·tion \sen-ˈsā-shən, sən-\

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

sensation

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noun sen·sa·tion \sen-ˈsā-shən\

Definition of sensation for Students

  1. 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. 2 :  an indefinite awareness of a feeling or experience … I had the sensation I'd been there before. — Avi, Crispin

  3. 3 :  a state of excited interest or feeling The rumor caused a sensation.

  4. 4 :  a cause or object of excited interest The play was a sensation.


Medical Dictionary

sensation

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noun sen·sa·tion \sen-ˈsā-shən, sən-\

Medical Definition of sensation

  1. 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. 2:  something (as a physical stimulus, sense-datum, pain, or afterimage) that causes or is the object of sensation



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