verb (used with object), sensed, sens·ing.
Origin of sense
Synonyms for sense
Related Words for sensesimpression, taste, sensitivity, feel, touch, sensibility, atmosphere, intelligence, insight, mind, imagination, wit, recognition, knowledge, sentiment, ability, mentality, wisdom, appreciation, understanding
Examples from the Web for senses
Contemporary Examples of senses
Then, as I sat here on this “throne,” this beautiful choir struck my ears and senses.Joseph Campbell on the Roots of Halloween
October 31, 2014
After a few minutes, I came to my senses enough to see an angry mob standing on the railway platform.As 30-Year Anniversary of Mass Killings in India Arrives, Sikhs Find Safety in USA
Simran Jeet Singh
October 31, 2014
Sachs adds, “All the senses that connect us with nature are important.”Magical Gardens for the Blind, Deaf, and Disabled
October 22, 2014
The sexual acts are mysterious, unpredictable, and passionate; they tease your senses.What Porn Stars Find Sexy on TV: From ‘Game of Thrones’ to ‘Deadliest Catch’
September 20, 2014
But you cannot deny that when you go you are experiencing the show through all of your senses.DJ Steve Aoki: To Cake or Not To Cake
August 8, 2014
Historical Examples of senses
His senses breathed the air of her perfect and compelling femininity.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
An hour ago he had whirled her out of her senses in savage passion.Viviette
William J. Locke
What was there in this cross girl to remind any one in his senses of Mrs. Evan Roberts?Ester Ried Yet Speaking
"Of course I do," I cried angrily, wondering for the moment if he had lost his senses.The Bacillus of Beauty
In spite of herself her senses swam in the rhythmic monotony.The Leopard Woman
Stewart Edward White
- 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
"mental faculties, conscious cognitive powers, sanity," 1560s, from sense (n.). Meaning "faculties of physical sensation" is from 1590s.
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.