sensation

noun
sen·​sa·​tion | \ sen-ˈsā-shən How to pronounce sensation (audio) , 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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Having been welcomed into the world on May 6, Archie has already taken part in an official photo call in Windsor, met his great-grandparents, celebrated Mother's Day with his mom and grandma, and become an Instagram sensation. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kate Middleton and Prince William Will Reportedly Meet Baby Archie Soon and We Can't Wait," 13 May 2019 Rent became an overnight cultural sensation that ran for 12 years on Broadway and enjoyed 5,123 performances, making it the eleventh-longest running Broadway show. Amanda Mitchell, Marie Claire, "'Rent' Composer Jonathan Larson's Legacy Lives On," 25 Jan. 2019 This is because the histamine that your body pumps out when faced with an allergen creates an itching sensation. Colleen Stinchcombe, SELF, "13 Ways to Triumph Over Fall Allergies," 13 Nov. 2018 When their story broke in 1980, the young men—Bobby Shafran, Eddy Galland, and David Kellman—became a media sensation, appearing on numerous TV talk shows and, inevitably, opening a restaurant together. J.r. Jones, Chicago Reader, "Triplets ripped from family in a Nazi-like experiment, probed in Three Identical Strangers," 5 July 2018 Sucking on a Juul creates a similar sensation to smoking a cigarette. Fortune, "E-Cigarette Maker Juul Is Said to Seek $1.2 Billion in Funding," 30 June 2018 Enter blockchain, the technology that underlies the bitcoin digital currency whose wild jump in value created a sensation last year. Andy Rosen, BostonGlobe.com, "Will blockchain change the way we buy everything, and even the way we vote?," 12 June 2018 Besides making sure the tea didn’t taste or smell skunky, Jones and Chapin also put a major focus on low doses of THC, the psychotropic cannabinoid that creates the sensation of being high and can sometimes cause anxiety and paranoia. Steffi Victorioso, Los Angeles Magazine, "Local Women Are Hosting Fancy “High Teas” With the Help of a Cannabis Brand," 29 May 2018 Americans have long been sensation-seeking spectators. Maude Campbell, Popular Mechanics, "The Time of True Crime," 26 Apr. 2019

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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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19 May 2019

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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 How to pronounce sensation (audio) \

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- How to pronounce sensation (audio) \

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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