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.
Recent Examples of sensation from the Web
The photographs of hers that Maloof posted on Flickr in 2009 became an Internet sensation, and fascination with this mysterious, reclusive, camera-toting nanny, and an attendant cottage industry, were born.
HBO’s gamble was a success, and then success turned into sensation.
The success has rocketed lead singer Ryan Tedder from a high school kid in Colorado Springs to an international sensation with a Beverly Hills mansion.
The tingling sensation and menthol aroma is a nice wake-up bonus for those who shampoo in the early morning hours.
Jelani, a YouTube sensation in his own right, seems to like watching us and our phones.
Becoming an overnight sensation where everyone knows your name was uncomfortable for a lot of them.
Among people in the migraine group, lights of all colors triggered unpleasant physical sensations—including tightness in the chest or throat, shortness of breath, light-headedness and nausea—both during and between attacks.
The chickpea burgers come drenched in special sauce, providing dueling sensations of wholesomeness and decadence.
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Origin and Etymology of sensation
Medieval Latin sensation-, sensatio, from Late Latin, understanding, idea, from Latin sensus
First Known Use: 1615See Words from the same year
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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