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 For both transmasculine and transfeminine top surgery, these risks might include bleeding, infection, poor healing of incisions, and loss of nipple sensation. Colleen Murphy, Health.com, 24 May 2021 The result is a platform that runs on vignettes, superficial flashes of discrete sensation. Kyle Chayka, The New Yorker, 26 Apr. 2021 Navalny began the hunger strike March 31, after developing severe pain in his back and loss of sensation in his legs. BostonGlobe.com, 23 Apr. 2021 Patients with transplanted or even reimplanted hands have dramatic long-term deficits in their recovery of skin sensation. Scientific American, 23 Apr. 2021 Yet somehow Porsche tricked this vehicle, the sensation of weight transfers felt in the driver’s gut only in the most aggressive cornering. Mark Ewing, Forbes, 13 May 2021 According to the 1961–62 discoveries of American biologist Allan H. Frey, high-intensity microwave beams can produce a sensation of odd, loud noise and cause brain damage without any head trauma. Néstor T. Carbonell, National Review, 11 May 2021 If your giftee has never experienced the near-heavenly sensation of having their feet molded into the cloud-like soles of a pair of ‘Birks before, do them a favor and grab them a pair. Shayna Murphy, USA TODAY, 11 May 2021 Keep going, and focus on your breath, the view, the physical sensation of being alive. Alli Harvey, Anchorage Daily News, 8 May 2021

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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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4 Jun 2021

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“Sensation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sensation. Accessed 13 Jun. 2021.

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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 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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