verb (used with object), sensed, sens·ing.
Origin of sense
Synonyms for sense
Related Words for senseimpression, taste, sensitivity, feel, touch, sensibility, atmosphere, intelligence, insight, mind, imagination, wit, recognition, knowledge, sentiment, ability, mentality, wisdom, appreciation, understanding
Examples from the Web for sense
Contemporary Examples of sense
But give the Kingdom credit for its sense of mercy: The lashes will be administered only 50 at a time.In Defense of Blasphemy
January 9, 2015
It may be fun and it may get them paid, until oversaturation ruins our sense for irony and destroys the market for it.Trolls and Martyrdom: Je Ne Suis Pas Charlie
January 9, 2015
So in that sense we have gotten close to the families that have lost loved ones, be it from one side or the other.Mexico’s Priests Are Marked for Murder
January 7, 2015
This is acting in every sense of the word—bringing an unevolved animal to life and making it utterly believable.Oscars 2015: The Daily Beast’s Picks, From Scarlett Johansson to ‘Boyhood’
January 6, 2015
“I sense that mobile games are starting to shed their skin, getting rid of all the dead things they carry around,” he says.Lost For Thousands of Strokes: 'Desert Golfing' Is 'Angry Birds' as Modern Art
January 2, 2015
Historical Examples of sense
"Well, I'm glad you got some sense," answered the old man, grudgingly.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
He distrusted his eyes, his ears, and every sense that he possessed.
We sense the call of the human heart for fellowship, fraternity, and cooperation.
He had to sense the coming of danger before it showed its face.Way of the Lawless
The intention is, I tell you plainly, to mortify you into a sense of your duty.Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)
- the import of an expression as contrasted with its referent. Thus the morning star and the evening star have the same reference, Venus, but different senses
- the property of an expression by virtue of which its referent is determined
- that which one grasps in understanding an expression
- to test or locate the position of (a part of computer hardware)
- to read (data)
Word Origin for sense
c.1400, "faculty of perception," also "meaning, import, interpretation" (especially of Holy Scripture), from Old French sens "one of the five senses; meaning; wit, understanding" (12c.) and directly from Latin sensus "perception, feeling, undertaking, meaning," from sentire "perceive, feel, know," probably a figurative use of a literally meaning "to find one's way," or "to go mentally," from PIE root *sent- "to go" (cf. Old High German sinnan "to go, travel, strive after, have in mind, perceive," German Sinn "sense, mind," Old English sið "way, journey," Old Irish set, Welsh hynt "way"). Application to any one of the external or outward senses (touch, sight, hearing, etc.) in English first recorded 1520s.
A certain negro tribe has a special word for "see;" but only one general word for "hear," "touch," "smell," and "taste." It matters little through which sense I realize that in the dark I have blundered into a pig-sty. In French "sentir" means to smell, to touch, and to feel, all together. [Erich M. von Hornbostel, "Die Einheit der Sinne" ("The Unity of the Senses"), 1927]
Meaning "that which is wise" is from c.1600. Meaning "capacity for perception and appreciation" is from c.1600 (e.g. Sense of humor, attested by 1783, sense of shame, 1640s).
"to perceive by the senses," 1590s, from sense (n.). Meaning "be conscious inwardly of (one's state or condition) is from 1680s. Meaning "perceive (a fact or situation) not by direct perception" is from 1872. Related: Sensed; sensing.
see come to one's senses; horse sense; in a sense; lull into (a false sense of security); make sense; sixth sense; take leave of (one's senses); talk sense.