sen·​so·​ry | \ ˈsen(t)s-rē How to pronounce sensory (audio) , ˈsen(t)-sə-rē\

Definition of sensory

1 : of or relating to sensation or to the senses sensory stimulation
2 : conveying nerve impulses from the sense organs to the nerve centers : afferent sensory neurons

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Examples of sensory in a Sentence

A study was conducted on sensory stimulation and its effects on the brain. trying to listen to music while watching the TV and eating dinner caused a sort of sensory overload

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Buying online removes the sensory aspects of purchasing products. Sangeeta Singh-kurtz, Quartzy, "Amazon wants to make Whole Foods a beauty destination," 2 July 2019 Two additional sensory-friendly performances will take place on Saturday, July 6 and Saturday, July 13 at 11 a.m. Tickets are $5 with $3 lap seats for weekday performances; Saturday tickets priced at $10, $5 lap seats and $9 for groups. Jennifer Boehm,, "Fun things to do with the kids this weekend: July 4 - 7," 2 July 2019 Then there’s just that light purring-kitten sound, when the machine gets activated, that’s very sensory. Rachel King, Fortune, "Queer Eye’s Antoni Porowski on Netflix, Social Media, and Opening a Restaurant," 30 June 2019 Sensory area and accessibility features Sensory check-in area An accessibility and sensory check-In area will be located in the Police Department lobby, 4 Municipal Drive, during the festival. Natalia E. Contreras, Indianapolis Star, "Your guide to the Spark!Fishers festival: Fourth of July fireworks, musical acts and road closures," 25 June 2019 Activities help develop sensory integration skills including sustained levels of focused attention and self-locomotion., "events by county," 28 Mar. 2018 There's also a week (Aug. 13-17) that's specifically dedicated to young people with autism; the activities will focus on sensory integration and socialization. Amy Schwabe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "It's time to register for summer camps. Here are 5 cool choices for your kids.," 23 Feb. 2018 The opposite of a sensory-deprivation tank might be to spend a Monday morning in the library’s InfoNow Department. Susan Orlean,, "Susan Orlean on the crazy things people ask a librarian, from ‘The Library Book’," 19 June 2019 While some other royals—ahem, Queen Maxima of the Netherlands—went for sensory overload on the first day of Royal Ascot, Princess Anne carved out her own, more practical sartorial path. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Princess Anne Rewears a Look from 2007 for the First Day of Royal Ascot," 18 June 2019

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First Known Use of sensory

1651, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of sensory was in 1651

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English Language Learners Definition of sensory

: of or relating to your physical senses


sen·​so·​ry | \ ˈsen-sə-rē How to pronounce sensory (audio) \

Kids Definition of sensory

: of or relating to sensation or the senses sensory nerves


sen·​so·​ry | \ ˈsen(t)s-(ə-)rē How to pronounce sensory (audio) \

Medical Definition of sensory

1 : of or relating to sensation or the senses sensory stimulation sensory data
2 : conveying nerve impulses from the sense organs to the nerve centers : afferent sensory nerve fibers

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appealing forcibly to the mind or reason

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