sixth sense


Definition of sixth sense

: a power of perception like but not one of the five senses : a keen intuitive power

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Examples of sixth sense in a Sentence

She claimed to have a sixth sense for knowing when someone was about to call her. a filmmaker with a sixth sense for knowing which stories the general public will find irresistible
Recent Examples on the Web To build this sixth sense, a hunter must focus to the point of ignoring everything else. Outdoor Life, "Married to the Game: Becoming a Great Hunter Means Living in the Moment," 17 Dec. 2020 Harvin, though, did not have Toney’s ankle-breaking wiggle and sixth sense for defenders closing in on him. Edgar Thompson,, "UF ready to challenge Georgia after Gators' rout of Missouri," 1 Nov. 2020 Tarah believes some people are born with a sixth sense, a gift of seeing people beyond the living. Sheryl Devore,, "Believers tell stories of their Lake County ghost encounters; ‘Some souls are not willing to move on’," 30 Oct. 2020 But the internet is a competitive place, and Insta-moms, clamoring for those extra squares of attention, refused to rest on their laurels (understanding what plays well on social being their sixth sense). Raven Smith, Vogue, "The Growing Horror of the Gender Reveal Party," 9 Sep. 2020 But definitive proof of whales’ magnetic sixth sense remains tricky to find. Theresa Machemer, Smithsonian Magazine, "How Storms on the Sun Interfere With Whale Migration," 26 Feb. 2020 In doing so, Collins and his team hope to help each guest access a sixth sense by, of course, opening their third eye. Matt Koesters,, "Sharonville's first craft brewery, Third Eye Brewing Company, opens Wednesday," 16 June 2020 It’s not his or her sixth sense; it’s his or her seventh or eighth. James Parker, The Atlantic, "Homeless in a City Buffeted by Plague," 10 June 2020 Amari Cooper has a sixth sense for the sideline Cooper ripped off three toe-tapping catches en route to 147 yards and a touchdown. Jori Epstein, USA TODAY, "Cowboys' comeback bid against Vikings falls flat in final minute," 11 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of sixth sense

1761, in the meaning defined above

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26 Dec 2020

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“Sixth sense.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Jan. 2021.

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sixth sense


English Language Learners Definition of sixth sense

: a special ability to know something that cannot be learned by using the five senses (such as sight or hearing)

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