sensation

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noun sen·sa·tion \ sen-ˈsā-shən , sən- \
Updated on: 11 Sep 2017

Definition of sensation

1 a :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
3 a :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

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.

Recent Examples of sensation from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of sensation

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

sensation Synonyms

Synonyms
feel, feeling, sense
Related Words
impression, perception; hint, suggestion, touch
Near Antonyms
classic, standard

SENSATION Defined for English Language Learners

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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 :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 Dictionary

sensation

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noun sen·sa·tion \ sen-ˈsā-shən, sən- \

medical Definition of sensation

1 a :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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