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

  • noun The sense of touch.
  • noun A sensation experienced through this sense.
  • noun A physical sensation other than one experienced though touch.
  • noun An emotion, such as joy or sorrow.
  • noun Strong mental agitation or excitement involving the emotions.
  • noun An emotion of affection; a fondness.
  • noun The capacity to experience refined emotions; sensitivity; sensibility.
  • noun Susceptibility to emotional response; sensibilities.
  • noun An awareness or impression.
  • noun An opinion based strongly on emotion; sentiment: synonym: view.
  • noun A general impression conveyed by a person, place, or thing.
  • noun The emotions thought to be conveyed or intended by a work of art.
  • noun Appreciative regard or understanding.
  • noun Intuitive awareness or aptitude; a feel.
  • adjective Easily moved emotionally; sympathetic.
  • adjective Expressive of sensibility or emotion.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Possessing or affected by sensibility; easily affected or moved; experiencing emotion, especially that of sympathy or compassion: as, a feeling friend or advocate.
  • Expressive of sensibility; manifesting emotion or earnestness; emotive; earnest: as, a feeling look or gesture; he spoke with feeling eloquence.
  • Exciting sensibility; deeply felt or realized; affecting.
  • Sensibly felt or realized; emotionally experienced; vivid.
  • noun The act of sensing or perceiving by sensation. Specifically
  • noun A sensation. Specifically
  • noun The immediate quality of what is present to consciousness in sensation, desire, or emotion, considered apart from all activity of thought; the pure sense-element in consciousness; in a loose use, any element of consciousness not recognizable as thought or will.
  • noun In a restricted sense, pleasure or pain; any state or element of consciousness having a pleasurable or a painful aspect.
  • noun Hence An emotion in so far as it is immediately present to consciousness, not having regard to the physiological disturbance which is one of its elements; the capacity for emotion; mental state, disposition, or faculty as regards emotion: as, a feeling of sympathy; a feeling of pride in the history of one's country. See emotion, 2.
  • noun Specifically Fine or refined sensibility; fine emotional endowment; especially, tenderness or affectionateness of heart; susceptibility; in an adverse sense, sentimentality: as, a man of feeling: sometimes in the plural: as, to hurt or injure one's feelings.
  • noun Obscure or vague perception; belief the reasons for which are not clearly understood: as, every one had a feeling of the truth of this statement.
  • noun Opinion or determination as founded on or resulting from emotion.
  • noun In the fine arts, the impression or emotion conveyed by the general expression of a work of art, or of some part or detail of it, especially as embodying a particular emotion or conception of the artist.
  • noun Synonyms Thought, etc. See sentiment.

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

  • adjective Possessing great sensibility; easily affected or moved.
  • adjective Expressive of great sensibility; attended by, or evincing, sensibility.
  • noun The sense by which the mind, through certain nerves of the body, perceives external objects, or certain states of the body itself; that one of the five senses which resides in the general nerves of sensation distributed over the body, especially in its surface; the sense of touch; nervous sensibility to external objects.
  • noun An act or state of perception by the sense above described; an act of apprehending any object whatever; an act or state of apprehending the state of the soul itself; consciousness.
  • noun The capacity of the soul for emotional states; a high degree of susceptibility to emotions or states of the sensibility not dependent on the body
  • noun Any state or condition of emotion; the exercise of the capacity for emotion; any mental state whatever
  • noun That quality of a work of art which embodies the mental emotion of the artist, and is calculated to affect similarly the spectator.

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

  • adjective Emotionally sensitive.
  • noun Sensation, particularly through the skin.
  • noun Emotion; impression.
  • noun always plural Emotional state or well-being.
  • noun always plural Emotional attraction or desire.
  • noun Intuition.
  • noun An opinion, an attitude.
  • verb Present participle of feel.


from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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    June 6, 2007

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