- the operation or function of the senses; perception or awareness of stimuli through the senses.
- a mental condition or physical feeling resulting from stimulation of a sense organ or from internal bodily change, as cold or pain.
- Physiology. the faculty of perception of stimuli.
- a general feeling not directly attributable to any given stimulus, as discomfort, anxiety, or doubt.
- a mental feeling, especially a state of excited feeling.
- a state of excited feeling or interest caused among a number of persons or throughout a community, as by some rumor or occurrence.
- a cause of such feeling or interest: The new Brazilian movie was the sensation of the film festival.
Origin of sensation
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Examples from the Web for sensation
“The sensation these objects presented receded as their cost increased,” notes Rabinowitz.How Pulp Fiction Saved Literature
January 8, 2015
Q: What was your sensation when they were pouring water... what did you physically feel?The Luxury Homes That Torture and Your Tax Dollars Built
December 12, 2014
The lure and addiction of gaming—which went back to pinball, of course—became a sensation with Asteroids.‘Asteroids’ & The Dawn of the Gamer Age
November 29, 2014
There was no acid in the bucket, just water mixed with some cleansers, which gave the sensation of burning.Acid Attacks on Women Spread Terror in Iran
October 18, 2014
One of the most painful and confusing paradoxes of life today concerns our sensation of scarcity amid plenty.How Young People Are Destroying Liberty
October 11, 2014
There was no time barren enough of sensation to reason about it.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
Cardinal Newman wrote: "Gladstone's book, as you see, is making a sensation."The Grand Old Man
Richard B. Cook
He marveled dully over the sensation—it was wholly new to him.Within the Law
And the undercurrent of suppressed excitement, the sensation of Her!The Bacillus of Beauty
John had a sensation of self-consciousness when he heard the word "wife."The Foolish Lovers
St. John G. Ervine
- the power of perceiving through the senses
- a physical condition or experience resulting from the stimulation of one of the sense organsa sensation of warmth
- a general feeling or awarenessa sensation of fear
- a state of widespread public excitementhis announcement caused a sensation
- anything that causes such a stateyour speech was a sensation
Word Origin and History for sensation
1610s, "a reaction to external stimulation of the sense organs," from French sensation (14c.) and directly from Medieval Latin sensationem (nominative sensatio), from Late Latin sensatus "endowed with sense, sensible," from Latin sensus "feeling" (see sense (n.)). Meaning "state of shock, surprise, in a community" first recorded 1779.
The great object of life is sensation -- to feel that we exist, even though in pain. It is this 'craving void' which drives us to gaming -- to battle, to travel -- to intemperate, but keenly felt, pursuits of any description, whose principal attraction is the agitation inseparable from their accomplishment. [Lord Byron, letter, Sept. 6, 1813]
- A perception associated with stimulation of a sense organ or with a specific body condition.
- The faculty to feel or perceive; physical sensibility.
- An indefinite, generalized body feeling.