sensory

adjective
sen·​so·​ry | \ ˈsen(t)s-rē, 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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Your hands have several sensory nerve endings and receptors. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "Why Do Couples Hold Hands?," 4 Jan. 2019 The former was held in July by the Paris Peripherique with Georgian wedding tables becoming the runway; the latter at the sensory overload of a show held in a screen tunnel constructed at Luc Besson’s film studio. Vogue, "Vogue Editors Share Their Favorite Fashion Shows of the Year," 28 Dec. 2018 But later added that sensory, cognitive, affective, and motivational processes influence people’s experience of pain. Nancy Richardson Fischer, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Power of Not Naming My Disorder," 3 Dec. 2018 These sequin fabrics give them a sensory experience beyond color. Jamie Lauren Keiles, Vox, "Flip sequins are the weird, glitzy fabric that kids can’t get enough of," 27 Nov. 2018 For such an in-your-face sensory organ, the nose is poorly understood. Tim Folger, Discover Magazine, "How Quantum Mechanics Lets Us See, Smell and Touch," 24 Oct. 2018 But scientists at the California Institute of Technology have built a little sensory trick that plays on both. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "This Optical Illusion Will Have Your Brain Rushing To Fill In The Blanks," 11 Oct. 2018 But the centerpiece is a 7-foot-tall sensory-deprivation tank. Alina Dizik, WSJ, "Luxury Homeowners Retreat With Sensory-Deprivation Tanks," 25 July 2018 Children and their caregivers will be able to take part in a variety of sensory activities to help with early childhood development. Geoff Bruce, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "5 things to do in Lake Country this week," 26 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of sensory

1651, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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sensory

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of sensory

: of or relating to your physical senses

sensory

adjective
sen·​so·​ry | \ ˈsen-sə-rē \

Kids Definition of sensory

: of or relating to sensation or the senses sensory nerves

sensory

adjective
sen·​so·​ry | \ ˈsen(t)s-(ə-)rē \

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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