cense

[sens]

Origin of cense

1300–50; Middle English, aphetic variant of incense1
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  • In collecting these massive amounts of data and all those minute fluctuations, however, CeNSE needs human oversight.

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  • Peter Hartwell is a distinguished technologist and the lead on HP Labs Central Nervous System for the Earth project (CeNSE).

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British Dictionary definitions for cense

cense

verb
  1. (tr) to burn incense near or before (an altar, shrine, etc)

Word Origin for cense

C14: from Old French encenser; see incense 1
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Word Origin and History for cense
v.

"to perfume with burning incense," late 14c., a shortened form of incense. Related: Censed; censing.

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