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.
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
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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