sensation

noun
sen·​sa·​tion | \sen-ˈsā-shən, 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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This extra measure of rigidity, the hammer-like sensation in your palms, really is only evoked when the car is traveling at high speed, like about 210 kmh, or about 130 mph. Dan Neil, WSJ, "Mercedes-AMG GT 63 S: More Car Than Anyone Could Ever Enjoy," 5 Dec. 2018 Walmart's shopping carts might one day sense those bodily sensations and alert staff. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "Walmart Files Patent For Carts That Track Your Heart Rate," 10 Oct. 2018 Lie back into the arms of your own creative sensations. Bess Matassa, Teen Vogue, "Weekly Horoscopes August 27-September 2," 20 Aug. 2018 Depending on the skin, these sights, sounds, and sensations may combine forces to elicit a soothing feeling over the span of a few minutes—or ramp up the intensity in particularly tribal or club-like fashion. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Tetris Effect review: The puzzle game of my dreams—literally," 9 Nov. 2018 He'd been paralyzed in a 2013 snowmobile accident, with no movement or sensation below his mid-back. Fox News, "Paralyzed patients take first steps after implant, intense rehab," 25 Sep. 2018 Rather, the Scrambler’s party trick is to fade into the background of a ride and to let the rider enjoy the scenery, company, and sensation of being on a motorcycle. Nick Goddard, Popular Mechanics, "The Ducati Scrambler Icon Bike Just Got a Little Sweeter To Ride," 25 Sep. 2018 He’d been paralyzed in a 2013 snowmobile accident, with no movement or sensation below his mid-back. Lauran Neergaard, The Seattle Times, "Implant, intense rehab help 3 paralyzed for years take steps," 24 Sep. 2018 Nature versus the machine, fear, and sensation were lifelong themes of McQueen’s. Sarah Mower, Vogue, "Remembering the Potent Performance Art of Alexander McQueen’s Collection No. 13—20 Years Later," 14 Sep. 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 \

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- \

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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