sensory

adjective
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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This piece, perhaps most than others, creates the most sensory of experiences. Lilah Ramzi, Vogue, "The Hotel as Patron of the Arts? In Hong Kong, the Peninsula Takes the Trend to the Next Level," 9 Apr. 2019 The elaborate show, which included having the performers under the dragon costumes throw cabbage into the air, was enough to make Jack Antonoff and Tavi Gevinson anxiously shuffle away from the sensory overload of it all. Keaton Bell, Vogue, "The Coolest New Yorkers Came Out to Celebrate the Metrograph Theater's Third Birthday," 25 Mar. 2019 Some use yoga, meditation, or a sensory-deprivation float pod. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "The Air Force Is Changing How Special Ops Fighters Are Trained," 12 Feb. 2019 Molting provides new sensory and protective hairs, and helps shed external parasites. Amy Rankin, National Geographic, "A Tarantula Sheds Its Skin in New Time-Lapse Video," 16 May 2018 Muotri and her research team had been trying to coax human stem cells to re-create tissue found in the brain's cortex, which is devoted to cognition and interpreting sensory information. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Scientists Re-create Baby Brain Readings in a Dish," 19 Nov. 2018 However, aura can also cause other sensory issues, like pins and needles, weakness or numbness in the face or one side of the body, or hearing things that don’t exist, the Mayo Clinic says. Korin Miller, SELF, "How to Tell if Vestibular Migraines Are Why You Get Dizzy So Often," 12 July 2018 Because of evolution, the human brain is better attuned to people, places and things, and to sensory and emotional experiences, than to data or concepts. James Taranto, WSJ, "How to Store Data Along Memory Lane," 18 Jan. 2019 My muscles freak out trying to make sense of their lack of sensory input. Jacqueline Detwiler, Popular Mechanics, "I Hacked My Body So You Don't Have To," 25 June 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 How to pronounce sensory (audio) \

Kids Definition of sensory

: of or relating to sensation or the senses sensory nerves

sensory

adjective
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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