from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A perception associated with stimulation of a sense organ or with a specific body condition.
  • noun The faculty to feel or perceive; physical sensibility.
  • noun An indefinite generalized body feeling.
  • noun A state of heightened interest or emotion.
  • noun A state of intense public interest and excitement.
  • noun A cause of such interest and excitement.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The action, faculty, or immediate mental result of receiving a mental impression from any affection of the bodily organism; sensitive apprehension; corporeal feeling; any feeling; also, the elements of feeling or immediate consciousness and of consciousness of reaction in perception; the subjective element of perception.
  • noun A state of interest or of feeling; especially, a state of excited interest or feeling.
  • noun That which produces sensation or excited interest or feeling: as, the greatest sensation of the day.
  • noun A hypothetical intensity of sensation which exists below the stimulus limen.
  • noun A sense-distance or sense-interval, traversed in the direction opposite to that which has been chosen as the positive Thus, if Sm and Sn are two points upon the scale of brightness qualities such that the distance SmSn represents a just noticeable increase of brightness (positive), then the distance SnSm may be considered negative in regard to Sm-Sn.
  • noun A sensation which lies to the right of the zero-point of the sensation-scale, that is, which belongs to the group of noticeable (as opposed to unnoticeable) sensations.
  • noun A sense-step or sense-distance regarded as traversed in the opposite direction to that taken as negative. Thus, if the sense-distance Sn-Sm be looked upon as negative, then the sense-distance Sm-Sn is positive.
  • noun Specifically, the sensations of dizziness furnished, in all probability, by the semicircular canals of the internal ear.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Physiol.) An impression, or the consciousness of an impression, made upon the central nervous organ, through the medium of a sensory or afferent nerve or one of the organs of sense; a feeling, or state of consciousness, whether agreeable or disagreeable, produced either by an external object (stimulus), or by some change in the internal state of the body.
  • noun A purely spiritual or psychical affection; agreeable or disagreeable feelings occasioned by objects that are not corporeal or material.
  • noun A state of excited interest or feeling, or that which causes it.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A physical feeling or perception from something that comes into contact with the body; something sensed.
  • noun A widespread reaction of interest or excitement.

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

  • noun a general feeling of excitement and heightened interest
  • noun someone who is dazzlingly skilled in any field
  • noun an unelaborated elementary awareness of stimulation
  • noun the faculty through which the external world is apprehended
  • noun a state of widespread public excitement and interest


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

[French, from Old French, from Medieval Latin sēnsātiō, sēnsātiōn-, from Late Latin sēnsātus, gifted with sense; see sensate.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Old French, from Medieval Latin sensatio, from Latin sensus.


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