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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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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Freeman said the experiences are meant to strongly immerse people in a sensation of height and then encourage them to challenge their reluctance to take part. NBC News, "Virtual reality helps cure real-life fear of heights, study finds," 11 July 2018 Luzardo felt a pop in his elbow, following by a burning sensation and, almost immediately, swelling. Craig Davis, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Former Douglas star Jesus Luzardo rebounds from Tommy John surgery to promising big-league prospect," 28 June 2018 The official prescribing information lists agitation, anxiety, muscle twitches, confusion, dizziness, nausea, nervousness, headaches, insomnia, electric shocklike sensations and other symptoms when people stop taking this drug. Joe Graedon, M.s., And Teresa Graedon, Houston Chronicle, "Changing washcloths daily helps control acne," 23 June 2018 These symptoms happen when there’s damage to the nerves that control sensations and movements of your arms and legs, the ACS says. Korin Miller, SELF, "11 Common Chemotherapy Side Effects, Plus How to Ease Them," 18 June 2018 The sounds and sensations did not occur at the consulate itself, which opened in 2013 and is a state-of-the-art building designed to withstand electronic eavesdropping and other security and intelligence threats. Author: Steven Lee Myers, Jane Perlez, Anchorage Daily News, "Medical mystery grows as ailment afflicting U.S. envoys is now seen in China," 6 June 2018 Some other symptoms that have been reported with PTLDS include shooting pains throughout the body, neck pain, a tingling sensation, and a loss of feeling in the arms, legs, hands, and face. Rafal Tokarz, Health.com, "The Lyme Disease Complication You Don't Know About—But Should," 31 May 2018 Milk Makeup's Matcha Toner Mini fits in with this goal nicely, offering your skin dynamic hydration, a cooling sensation, and on-the-go revitalization. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "What June's Leo Horoscope Means for You," 29 May 2018 With its long takes of characters' quest for spirituality, and its lush depictions of rustic landscapes and traditions, Pluto Moment is an intriguingly beautiful mix of sensation and Zen. Clarence Tsui, The Hollywood Reporter, "'The Pluto Moment' ('Ming Wang Xing Shi Ke'): Film Review | Cannes 2018," 23 May 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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