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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web Without warning, he is flooded by an intoxicating sensation, an inexplicable happiness. Merve Emre, The New Yorker, 25 July 2022 For Trea Turner, the sensation set in during the eighth, when the Dodgers lineup began to mount a rally again. Houston Mitchell, Los Angeles Times, 14 July 2022 Co-founded by Greyl and her husband Jean-Marie in 1968, the brand is still family-run and now a global sensation—even counting celebrities like Conan Gray as fans. Kiana Murden, Vogue, 30 June 2022 Marcel becomes a sensation, with 22 million followers. Mark Feeney, BostonGlobe.com, 28 June 2022 The science suggests what many patients know to be true: Pain is a combination of physical sensation, emotional trauma and memory. Jessica Dulong, CNN, 27 June 2022 Once-upcoming rapper Paper Boi (Brian Tyree Henry) is now a globe-trotting sensation, managed by his cousin Earn (creator Donald Glover), previously homeless, now exuding tour clout. Kristen Baldwin, EW.com, 27 June 2022 People can also experience ear pain, hearing loss, a ringing sensation in the ears, vertigo and difficulty closing one eye. Marina Pitofsky, USA TODAY, 10 June 2022 Hilary Mantel's sprawling Wolf Hall was a worldwide sensation—a best selling trilogy that spawned a television series and a Broadway show. The Editors, Town & Country, 10 June 2022 See More

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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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3 Aug 2022

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“Sensation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sensation. Accessed 15 Aug. 2022.

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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: The Cross of Lead
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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