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

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
Recent Examples on the Web The BFRB Precision Medicine Initiative identified three subtypes of hair pullers based on variables including sensory experience, impulsivity, and emotion regulation. ELLE, 28 Apr. 2022 Everyone speaks in hushed tones, enjoying the sensory experience, including the dim lighting, rugged walls, faint breezes, and the slight movement of the foliage beyond the arched openings. Jeanine Barone, Forbes, 26 Apr. 2022 Nestled within the sprawling pool party was the second leg of Rolling Stone and Meta’s Creator House series, a multi-sensory experience where guests got a glimpse of the future with fresh tech designed for digital movers-and-shakers. Rolling Stone, 22 Apr. 2022 That means no sensory inputs make it to the brain, and no signals from the brain make it to the muscles normally controlled by the brain. John Timmer, Ars Technica, 8 Feb. 2022 An excellent sensory experience will inevitably lead to fond memories, recommendations and referrals. Oscar White, Forbes, 15 Apr. 2022 In one video, Brasswood promotes its sensory tasting experience, which uses glass vessels filled with flowers, fruits and more to help tasters identify the common aromas and flavors in different wines. Jess Lander, San Francisco Chronicle, 22 Mar. 2022 From in-store experience to online presence, video can add a level of character and sensory experience to your brand. Dan Serard, Rolling Stone, 16 Mar. 2022 To feel each sensory experience more intensely, Dr. Brito suggests applying some of the principles of mindfulness to your masturbation sessions. Suzannah Weiss, SELF, 8 Mar. 2022 See More

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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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16 May 2022

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“Sensory.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for sensory


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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