Definitions for sensesɛns

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

sense*sɛns(n.; v.)sensed, sens•ing.

  1. (n.)any of the faculties, as sight, hearing, smell, taste, or touch, by which humans and animals perceive stimuli originating from outside or inside the body.

    Category: Physiology

  2. these faculties collectively.

    Category: Physiology

  3. their operation or function; sensation.

    Category: Physiology

  4. a feeling or perception produced through one of the senses:

    a sense of cold.

  5. a faculty or function of the mind analogous to a physical sense:

    the moral sense.

  6. any special capacity for perception, estimation, appreciation, etc.:

    a sense of humor.

  7. Usu., senses. sanity:

    Have you taken leave of your senses?

  8. a more or less vague perception or impression:

    a sense of security.

  9. a mental discernment, realization, or recognition:

    a sense of value.

  10. a motivating awareness:

    a sense of duty.

  11. sound practical intelligence.

  12. reasonable thought or discourse:

    to talk sense.

  13. substance or gist; content:

    You missed the sense of his statement.

  14. value; merit:

    There's no sense in worrying.

  15. a DNA sequence that is capable of coding for an amino acid

    Category: Genetics

    Ref: (disting. from nonsense).

  16. the meaning of a word or phrase in a specific context, esp. as isolated in a dictionary or glossary.

  17. consensus:

    the sense of a meeting.

  18. (v.t.)to perceive by the senses; become aware of.

  19. to grasp the meaning of; understand.

  20. to detect (physical phenomena, as light or temperature) mechanically, electrically, or photoelectrically.

Idioms for sense:

  1. in a sense,to some extent; in a way:

    In a sense, the book was oddly gripping.

    Category: Idiom

  2. make sense,to be reasonable or comprehensible.

    Category: Idiom

* Syn: See meaning.

Origin of sense:

1350–1400; ME (n.) < L sēnsus sensation, feeling, understanding =sent(īre) to feel +-tus suffix of v. action

Princeton's WordNet

  1. sense(noun)

    a general conscious awareness

    "a sense of security"; "a sense of happiness"; "a sense of danger"; "a sense of self"

  2. sense, signified(noun)

    the meaning of a word or expression; the way in which a word or expression or situation can be interpreted

    "the dictionary gave several senses for the word"; "in the best sense charity is really a duty"; "the signifier is linked to the signified"

  3. sense, sensation, sentience, sentiency, sensory faculty(noun)

    the faculty through which the external world is apprehended

    "in the dark he had to depend on touch and on his senses of smell and hearing"

  4. common sense, good sense, gumption, horse sense, sense, mother wit(noun)

    sound practical judgment

    "Common sense is not so common"; "he hasn't got the sense God gave little green apples"; "fortunately she had the good sense to run away"

  5. sense(verb)

    a natural appreciation or ability

    "a keen musical sense"; "a good sense of timing"

  6. feel, sense(verb)

    perceive by a physical sensation, e.g., coming from the skin or muscles

    "He felt the wind"; "She felt an object brushing her arm"; "He felt his flesh crawl"; "She felt the heat when she got out of the car"

  7. sense(verb)

    detect some circumstance or entity automatically

    "This robot can sense the presence of people in the room"; "particle detectors sense ionization"

  8. smell, smell out, sense(verb)

    become aware of not through the senses but instinctively

    "I sense his hostility"; "i smell trouble"; "smell out corruption"

  9. sense(verb)


    "I sensed the real meaning of his letter"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. sense(noun)ɛns

    reasonable or logical thought or behavior

    I sometimes wonder if he has any sense at all.; I hope she had the sense to bring a raincoat.; There's no sense in complaining until you know the facts.

  2. senseɛns

    an awareness that makes you act in particular way

    He's going to the funeral out of a sense of duty.; a child's sense of justice

  3. senseɛns

    one of the body's physical abilities

    animals with a highly developed sense of smell/hearing/sight

  4. senseɛns

    considering sth from a particular perspective

    We are, in a sense, all related to each other.

  5. senseɛns

    to be sensible or logical

    Wouldn't it make more sense for us all to travel in the same car?

  6. senseɛns

    to be able to be understood

    The first paragraph didn't make any sense.

  7. senseɛns

    to be able to understand what sth means

    I couldn't make sense of the strange noises I was hearing.

  8. senseɛns

    the ability to find sth funny

    You have to have a good sense of humor to work here.

  9. senseɛns

    to start behaving sensibly after behaving stupidly

    She eventually came to her senses and broke up with him.

  10. sense(verb)ɛns

    to recognize or understand without being told

    I sensed that she was angry.


  1. sense(Noun)

    One of the methods for a living being to gather data about the world; sight, smell, hearing, touch, taste.

  2. sense(Noun)

    A general conscious awareness.

    a sense of security

  3. sense(Noun)

    Sound practical judgment, as in common sense

  4. sense(Noun)

    The meaning, reason, or value of something.

    You donu2019t make any sense.

  5. sense(Noun)

    A natural appreciation or ability

    A keen musical sense

  6. sense(Noun)

    The way that a referent is presented.

  7. sense(Noun)

    A single conventional use of a word; one of the entries for a word in a dictionary.

  8. sense(Noun)

    One of two opposite directions in which a vector (especially of motion) may point. See also polarity.

  9. sense(Noun)

    One of two opposite directions of rotation, clockwise versus anti-clockwise.

  10. sense(Verb)

    To use biological senses: to either smell, watch, taste, hear or feel.

  11. sense(Verb)

    To instinctively be aware.

    She immediately sensed her disdain.

  12. sense(Verb)

    To comprehend.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Sense(verb)

    a faculty, possessed by animals, of perceiving external objects by means of impressions made upon certain organs (sensory or sense organs) of the body, or of perceiving changes in the condition of the body; as, the senses of sight, smell, hearing, taste, and touch. See Muscular sense, under Muscular, and Temperature sense, under Temperature

  2. Sense(verb)

    perception by the sensory organs of the body; sensation; sensibility; feeling

  3. Sense(verb)

    perception through the intellect; apprehension; recognition; understanding; discernment; appreciation

  4. Sense(verb)

    sound perception and reasoning; correct judgment; good mental capacity; understanding; also, that which is sound, true, or reasonable; rational meaning

  5. Sense(verb)

    that which is felt or is held as a sentiment, view, or opinion; judgment; notion; opinion

  6. Sense(verb)

    meaning; import; signification; as, the true sense of words or phrases; the sense of a remark

  7. Sense(verb)

    moral perception or appreciation

  8. Sense(verb)

    one of two opposite directions in which a line, surface, or volume, may be supposed to be described by the motion of a point, line, or surface

  9. Sense(verb)

    to perceive by the senses; to recognize


  1. Sense

    Senses are physiological capacities of organisms that provide data for perception. The senses and their operation, classification, and theory are overlapping topics studied by a variety of fields, most notably neuroscience, cognitive psychology, and philosophy of perception. The nervous system has a specific sensory system or organ, dedicated to each sense. Humans have a multitude of senses. Sight, hearing, taste, smell, and touch are the five traditionally recognized. While the ability to detect other stimuli beyond those governed by the traditional senses exists, including temperature, kinesthetic sense, pain, balance, acceleration, and various internal stimuli, only a small number of these can safely be classified as separate senses in and of themselves. What constitutes a sense is a matter of some debate, leading to difficulties in defining what exactly a sense is. Animals also have receptors to sense the world around them, with degrees of capability varying greatly between species. Humans have a comparatively weak sense of smell, while some animals may lack one or more of the traditional five senses. Some animals may also intake and interpret sensory stimuli in very different ways. Some species of animals are able to sense the world in a way that humans cannot, with some species able to sense electrical and magnetic fields, and detect water pressure and currents.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'sense' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #434

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'sense' in Written Corpus Frequency: #543

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'sense' in Nouns Frequency: #144

  4. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'sense' in Verbs Frequency: #725

Translations for sense

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


one of the five powers (hearing, taste, sight, smell, touch) by which a person or animal feels or notices.

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