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
Recent Examples on the Web The glare and the din — audio from the Patriots game is piped in at rock-concert levels — from 10 different 1 p.m. NFL games creates a sensory overload., "A new game in town," 10 Nov. 2019 Another influence that flickers now and again is that of the French director Gaspar Noé, most notably in a cinema of sensory overload. Manohla Dargis, New York Times, "Onscreen in Toronto: Reasons for Hope at the Movies This Fall," 13 Sep. 2019 Pace Gallery’s opening bash was a multi-floor sensory experience, encompassing an art gallery, a performance art space, a Champagne bar, and a concert venue all in one. Vogue, "The New Pace Gallery Was Teeming With Artists at Last Night's Opening Party," 13 Sep. 2019 Some research has suggested a role for parasympathetic nerves, which counteract sympathetic signals to return the body to rest, and for sensory nerves, which relay various stimuli to the brain. Kelly Servick, Science | AAAS, "How the body’s nerves become accomplices in the spread of cancer," 12 Sep. 2019 These kits include items that can facilitate a calming affect for people dealing with sensory issues. Sam Boyer,, "Church group comes to the rescue and so can you: Whit & Whimsey," 13 Sep. 2019 Interview setting People with autism often have sensory processing issues as well as difficulties understanding body language, facial expressions, vocal tone and social norms. Katherine Breward, Quartz, "Employers should conduct job interviews to accommodate candidates with autism," 10 Sep. 2019 Their 9-year-old daughter has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder along with a learning disability and sensory issues. oregonlive, "Child or teen needs mental health treatment? In Portland area, they face agonizing waits," 10 Sep. 2019 Over the years, the 18-year-old San Dieguito Academy senior has struggled with anxiety, sensory issues, bullying, emotional management problems and trouble making friends. Pam Kragen, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Three Jewish teens each earn $36,000 prize for ‘repair the world’ charity work," 17 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of sensory

1651, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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18 Nov 2019

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“Sensory.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 22 November 2019.

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How to pronounce sensory (audio)

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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