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 DualSense controller provides a sensory experience, but a feature like haptic feedback may be written off as gimmick if developers, particularly third-party creators who may choose to invest resources elsewhere, don’t put it to good use. Washington Post, "The biggest questions facing the gaming world in 2021," 30 Dec. 2020 Perhaps technology will advance to offer more of a sensory experience in years to come. Paul Eisenberg,, "Landmarks: The pandemic has ushered in an age of virtual everything, making it an excellent time to go exploring," 20 Dec. 2020 At the base of the hair follicle are sensory nerves that wrap around each hair bulb; pulling the hair stimulates these nerve endings and alerts us to feelings of pain. Julie Ricevuto, Allure, "The Science of Beauty: The Complete Guide to Scalp Care," 17 Dec. 2020 Making these little landscapes, says the author, develops motor skills, spacial awareness and provides sensory input. Sally Peterson, oregonlive, "Gardener gift idea: ‘A Family Guide to Terrariums’ with 15 hands-on projects," 26 Nov. 2020 Over time, some of those neurons gradually develop connections to nearby neurons that have been coding for the elbow, which is still receiving sensory input. Popular Science, "How the objects we hold become extensions of our bodies," 10 Nov. 2020 But positive or enjoyable sensory input can do the opposite. Jamie Kiffel-alcheh, National Geographic, "How slimes and squishies soothe children in times of stress," 15 Oct. 2020 The team wanted to know if other types of rhythmic sensory input could also rock the neural circuits like a stuck car, producing gamma waves that resulted in fewer amyloid plaques. Quanta Magazine, "Spreading the Word on a Possible Alzheimer’s Treatment," 27 May 2020 The internet glitches are distracting, and the Zoom classes can lead to a sensory overload. Howard Blume, Los Angeles Times, "The push-and-pull drama over school reopenings reaches fever pitch in L.A. and Orange counties," 12 Dec. 2020

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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 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Sensory.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jan. 2021.

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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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