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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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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Recent Examples on the Web An hour and a half before Jefferson County's single in-person voting location closed, pop sensation Ariana Grande tweeted her support to people waiting in line to vote. Sarah Ladd, The Courier-Journal, "Ariana Grande tweets support, says she sent coffee and food to Kentucky voters," 24 June 2020 The high-density image, low latency, and eye-to-eye lock create the sensation of an actual physical presence with your remote conversational partner. Steven Levy, Wired, "Videoconferencing Needs to Climb Out of the Uncanny Valley," 18 June 2020 Different patterns of glomerular activation are known to generate the sensation of specific odors. Bret Stetka, Scientific American, "The Brain Interprets Smell like the Notes of a Song," 18 June 2020 Anyone who’s experienced razor burn can identify the stinging, irritated sensation immediately. Sarah Wu, Glamour, "How to Prevent Razor Burn (and Treat It If You Get It)," 17 June 2020 Timo Werner has 25 goals for Leipzig, while teenage sensation Erling Haaland has 11 goals in just 12 games played for Dortmund since joining in January. Briar Napier, azcentral, "England's Premier League is back Wednesday as international soccer kicks it up a notch," 16 June 2020 The balls burst when fired, releasing a chemical that causes a painful burning sensation in people’s eyes and airways. Thalia Beaty, ProPublica, "Somebody’s Gotta Help Me”," 16 June 2020 Yet now, trapped at home in our PJ’s, we are being pressured to become a TikTok sensation with our beau. Lia Beck, refinery29.com, "After Leaving The Bachelor World Behind, Sarah Heron Is Focused On Her Non-Profit," 9 June 2020 Something that might seem obvious to you could provide a fresh taste sensation for someone else. Washington Post, "Gochujang brings the big flavor that skinny pork chops need," 9 June 2020

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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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The first known use of sensation was in 1557

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27 Jun 2020

Cite this Entry

“Sensation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sensation. Accessed 8 Jul. 2020.

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sensation

noun
How to pronounce sensation (audio)

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 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
2 : something (as a physical stimulus, sense-datum, pain, or afterimage) that causes or is the object of sensation

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