Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The act or faculty of tasting.

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  • n. The act of tasting.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of tasting.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of tasting; the sense of taste; the gustatory function.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the faculty of distinguishing sweet, sour, bitter, and salty properties in the mouth

Etymologies

Latin gustātiō, gustātiōn-, an appetizer, from gustātus, past participle of gustāre, to taste, from gustus, taste; see gusto.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • A challenge to across-the-board representationalism comes from experiences in modalities where it is unclear whether the experiences represent happenings in the space outside the body, such as gustation, olfaction, and experiences of afterimages.

    The Contents of Perception

  • And if any have been so happy as truly to understand Christian annihilation, ecstasies, exolution, liquefaction, transformation, the kiss of the spouse, gustation of

    Hydriotaphia, or Urn-burial

  • I have tried it at Pizza hut as well, but it didnt appeal my gustation.

    Archive 2007-07-01

  • As to legal ramifications of sinful gustation, CKE seems covered two ways: nutritional data is readily available, and their marketing is to young adults, not kids.

    CKE's Puzder Touts Thickburgers, Mocks 'Health Craze'

  • The truth is I taste a lot, many things, and often, and because of my love of tasting I often do so in the company of other people passionate about gustation.

    Augieland:

  • On the other hand, civilization, house-building, warm apartments and kitchen fires, well-stored larders, and especially exemption from rude toil, abolish these extreme caricatures; and keeping appetite down to a middling level by the rote of meals, and thus taking away the incentives to ravenous haste, they allow the mind to tutor and variegate the tongue, and to substitute the harmonies and melodies of deliberate gustation for such unseemly bolting.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 17, No. 101, March, 1866

  • Yet this savour, according to Locke, did not reside at first in the pineapple, to be conveyed on contact to the palate and to the mind; but it was generated in the process of gustation; or perhaps we should rather say that it was generated in the mind on occasion of that process.

    Some Turns of Thought in Modern Philosophy Five Essays

  • "Christian annihilation, ecstasies, exolution, liquefaction, transformation, the kiss of the spouse, gustation of God and ingression into the divine shadow."

    A History of English Romanticism in the Nineteenth Century

  • Christian annihilation, ecstasies, exolution, liquefaction, transformation, the kiss of the spouse, gustation of God, and ingression into the divine shadow, they have already had an handsome anticipation of heaven; the glory of the world is surely over, and the earth is ashes unto them.

    The Best of the World's Classics, Restricted to prose. Volume III (of X) - Great Britain and Ireland I

  • Still this Phæacian enjoyment is innocent enough; not ascetic is the trait, yet not sensual; to-day good people usually eat and drink without the song of bard or other spiritual entertainment accompanying the material one of gustation.

    Homer's Odyssey A Commentary

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