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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • 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.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. 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.

from The 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.
  • 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.

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

  • 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

Etymologies

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)
From Old French, from Medieval Latin sensatio, from Latin sensus. (Wiktionary)

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