American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A perception associated with stimulation of a sense organ or with a specific body condition: the sensation of heat; a visual sensation.
- n. The faculty to feel or perceive; physical sensibility: The patient has very little sensation left in the right leg.
- n. An indefinite generalized body feeling: a sensation of lightness.
- n. A state of heightened interest or emotion: "The anticipation produced in me a sensation somewhat between bliss and fear” ( James Weldon Johnson).
- n. A state of intense public interest and excitement: "The purser made a sensation as sailors like to do, by predicting a storm” ( Evelyn Waugh).
- n. A cause of such interest and excitement. See Synonyms at wonder.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. 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. Sensation has to be distinguished from
feelingon the one hand, and from perceptionon the other. All are abstractions, or objects segregated by the mind from their concomitants, but perception is less so and feeling more so than sensation. Sensation is feeling together with the direct consciousness of that feeling forcing itself upon us, so that it involves the essential element of the conception of an object; but sensation is considered apart from its union with associated sensations, by which a perception is built up. Sensations are either peripheral or visceral. Among the latter are to be specially mentioned sensations of operations in the brain. No approach to a satisfactory enumeration of the different kinds of sensations, even of the peripheral kind, has been made.
- n. A state of interest or of feeling; especially, a state of excited interest or feeling.
- n. That which produces sensation or excited interest or feeling: as, the greatest sensation of the day.
- n. A hypothetical intensity of sensation which exists below the stimulus limen.
- n. 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 Sm–Sn represents a just noticeable increase of brightness (positive), then the distance Sn–Sm may be considered negative in regard to Sm-Sn.
- n. 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.
- n. 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.
- n. Specifically, the sensations of dizziness furnished, in all probability, by the semicircular canals of the internal ear.
- n. A physical feeling or perception from something that comes into contact with the body; something sensed.
- n. A widespread reaction of interest or excitement.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (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.
- n. A purely spiritual or psychical affection; agreeable or disagreeable feelings occasioned by objects that are not corporeal or material.
- n. A state of excited interest or feeling, or that which causes it.
- n. a general feeling of excitement and heightened interest
- n. someone who is dazzlingly skilled in any field
- n. an unelaborated elementary awareness of stimulation
- n. the faculty through which the external world is apprehended
- n. a state of widespread public excitement and interest
- From Old French, from Medieval Latin sensatio, from Latin sensus. (Wiktionary)
- French, from Old French, from Medieval Latin sēnsātiō, sēnsātiōn-, from Late Latin sēnsātus, gifted with sense; see sensate. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Alas! it is the narrowness, selfishness, minuteness, of your sensation that you have to deplore in England at this day; sensation which spends itself in bouquets and speeches; in revelings and junketings; in sham fights and gay puppet shows, while you can look on and see noble nations murdered, man by man, without an effort or a tear.”
“Sexual excitement is accompanied throughout by a sensation of pleasure, specifically known as _voluptuous pleasure_, the _voluptuous sensation_, or simply _voluptuousness_ (in Latin, _libido sexualis_).”
“It is sensation viewed especially in regard to its object -- _representative sensation_, or the "sensible idea" of modern philosophy.”
“If one adopts (b), and something like a Sellarsian or Davidsonian distinction between sensation and thought, putting phenomenal character exclusively on the ˜sensation™ side, and intentionality exclusively on the ˜thought™ side of this divide, the place of consciousness in a philosophical account of knowledge will likely be meager ” at most phenomenal character will be a causal condition, without a role to play in the warrant or justification of claims to knowledge.”
“The main sensation is that there have been no sensations today," Mr. Azarov said.”
“In psychology, however, the term sensation has been used in two somewhat different meanings.”
“Besides," continued Becker, "if plants really existed, possessing what is understood by the term sensation, they would be animals.”
“If all of reality is finally reducible to sensations, then the term sensation must be used in a new sense to connote a self-subsistent being, and can no longer refer merely to a function of certain physiological processes.”
“The term sensation is at present employed in the same ill-considered manner.”
“On this second point I will offer, for the time being, one simple remark: we use the term sensation for lack of any other to express the intermediate character of our perception of objects; and this use does not, on our part, imply any hypothesis.”
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