What does Sense mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. sensenoun

    a general conscious awareness

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

  2. sense, signifiednoun

    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 facultynoun

    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 witnoun

    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. senseverb

    a natural appreciation or ability

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

  6. feel, senseverb

    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. senseverb

    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, senseverb

    become aware of not through the senses but instinctively

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

  9. senseverb


    "I sensed the real meaning of his letter"


  1. sensenoun

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

  2. sensenoun

    A general conscious awareness.

    a sense of security

  3. sensenoun

    Sound practical judgment, as in common sense

  4. sensenoun

    The meaning, reason, or value of something.

    You don't make any sense.

  5. sensenoun

    A natural appreciation or ability

    A keen musical sense

  6. sensenoun

    The way that a referent is presented.

  7. sensenoun

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

  8. sensenoun

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

  9. sensenoun

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

  10. senseverb

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

  11. senseverb

    To instinctively be aware.

    She immediately sensed her disdain.

  12. senseverb

    To comprehend.


  1. Sense

    A sense is a physiological capacity of organisms that provides 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 (or cognitive science), and philosophy of perception. The nervous system has a specific sensory nervous system, and a sense organ, or sensor, dedicated to each sense. Humans have a multitude of sensors. Sight (vision, visual sense), hearing (audition, auditory sense), taste (gustation, gustatory sense), smell (olfaction, olfactory sense), and touch (somatosensation, somatosensory sense) are the five traditionally recognized senses. The ability to detect other stimuli beyond those governed by these most broadly recognized senses also exists, and these sensory modalities include temperature (thermoception), kinesthetic sense (proprioception), pain (nociception), balance (equilibrioception), vibration (mechanoreception), and various internal stimuli (e.g. the different chemoreceptors for detecting salt and carbon dioxide concentrations in the blood, or sense of hunger and sense of thirst). However, what constitutes a sense is a matter of some debate, leading to difficulties in defining what exactly a distinct sense is, and where the borders lie between responses to related stimuli. Other 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 and a stronger sense of sight relative to many other mammals 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.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Senseverb

    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. Senseverb

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

  3. Senseverb

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

  4. Senseverb

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

  5. Senseverb

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

  6. Senseverb

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

  7. Senseverb

    moral perception or appreciation

  8. Senseverb

    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. Senseverb

    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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Sense

    sens, n. a faculty by which objects are perceived: perception: discernment: understanding: power or soundness of judgment: reason: opinion: conviction: import: immediate consciousness.—ns. Sense′-bod′y, a sense-organ in acalephs supposed to have a visual or an auditory function; Sense′-cap′sule, a receptive chamber for sensory perception, connected with the ear, eye, and nose; Sense′-cen′tre, a centre of sensation.—adj. Sensed, chosen as to sense or meaning.—ns. Sense′-el′ement, an external sensation, as an element of perception; Sense′-fil′ament, a filament having the function of an organ of sense.—adjs. Sense′ful (Spens.), full of sense or meaning, reasonable, judicious, perceptive; Sense′less, without sense: incapable of feeling: wanting sympathy: foolish: unreasonable.—adv. Sense′lessly.—ns. Sense′lessness; Sense′-or′gan, any organ of sense, as the eye, ear, or nose; Sense′-percep′tion, perception by means of the senses; Sense′-rhythm, Hebrew parallelism; Sense′-skel′eton, the framework of a sense-organ; Sensibil′ity, state or quality of being sensible: actual feeling: capacity of feeling: susceptibility: acuteness of feeling: delicacy: mental receptivity.—adj. Sen′sible, capable of being perceived by the senses or by the mind: capable of being affected: easily affected: delicate: intelligent, marked by sense, judicious: cognisant: aware: appreciable: sensitive: amenable to.—n. Sen′sibleness.—adv. Sen′sibly.—adjs Sensifā′cient, producing sensation; Sensif′erous, Sensif′ic, Sensificā′tory; Sensig′enous, giving rise to sensation; Sen′sile, capable of affecting the senses.—ns Sen′sion, the becoming aware of being affected from without in sensation; Sen′sism, sensualism in philosophy; Sen′sist, a sensationalist.—n. Sensitisā′tion.—v.t. Sen′sitise, to render sensitive, to render capable of being acted on by actinic rays of light.—n. Sen′sitiser.—adj. Sen′sitive, having sense or feeling: susceptible to sensations: easily affected: pertaining to, or depending on, sensation.—adv. Sen′sitively.—ns Sen′sitiveness, Sen′sitivity, the state of being sensitive: keen sensibility: the state of being delicately adjusted, as a balance: (chem.) the state of being readily affected by the action of appropriate agents; Sensitom′eter, an apparatus for testing the degrees of sensitiveness of photographic films.—adjs Sensō′rial, pertaining to the sensorium, sensory; Sensoridigest′ive, partaking of digestive functions and those of touch, as the tongue of a vertebrate animal.—ns Sensō′rium, Sen′sory, the organ which receives the impressions made on the senses: the nervous centre to which impressions must be conveyed before they are received: the whole sensory apparatus of the body, the nervous system, &c.—adj. Sen′sual, pertaining to, affecting, or derived from the senses, as distinct from the mind: not intellectual or spiritual: given to the pleasures of sense: voluptuous: lewd: carnal: worldly.—n. Sensualisā′tion.—v.t. Sen′sualise, to make sensual: to debase by carnal gratification.—ns Sen′sualism, sensual indulgence: the doctrine that all our knowledge is derived originally from sensation: the regarding of the gratification of the senses as the highest end; Sen′sualist, one given to sensualism or sensual indulgence: a debauchee: a believer in the doctrine of sensualism.—adj. Sensualist′ic, sensual: teaching the doctrines of sensualism.—n. Sensual′ity, indulgence in sensual pleasures: lewdness.—adv. Sen′sually, in a sensual manner.—ns Sen′sualness; Sen′suism; Sen′suist.—adj. Sen′suous, pertaining to sense: connected with sensible objects: easily affected by the medium of the senses.—adv. Sen′suously.—n. Sen′suousness.—Sensitive flames, flames easily affected by sounds; Sensitive plant, one of certain species of Mimosa—from the peculiar phenomena of irritability which their leaves exhibit when touched or shaken; Sensuous cognition, cognition through the senses.—A sensitive person, one sensitive to mesmeric influence; The senses, or Five senses, sight, hearing, smell, taste, and touch. [Fr.,—L. sensussentīre, to feel.]

Rap Dictionary

  1. sensenoun

    An abbreviation of the word "sinsemellia", which is a form o marijuana that has no seeds, because it is isolated from male pollen during the blooming process. Instead of making seeds, the marijuana plant makes more THC, hence this "sense" is more potent, and generally better than standard ganja.

Editors Contribution

  1. sense

    A conscious awareness.

    They do use their sense of intuition when they feel their wedding is easily achieved with their unity, love and solidarity.

    Submitted by MaryC on May 8, 2020  
  2. sense

    A natural ability and intelligence.

    They have the sense to know what is intelligent.

    Submitted by MaryC on February 11, 2020  
  3. sense

    The intuitive conscious ability to feel, know and understand each facet of what we choose to create, how it connects and works

    We can sense through our eyes, ears, heart and mind.

    Submitted by MaryC on January 12, 2020  

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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

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Sense in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Sense in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of Sense in a Sentence

  1. Alexis karpouzos:

    We need a sense of the unity of life and of humans for the sake of human welfare and for the survival of the planet. We need a sense of unity with the cosmos so that we can connect with Reality. But we also need a sense of individuality, for the sake of our own dignity and independence and of the loving care for others. We need it to appreciate each natural form, each animal and plant, each human person in their uniqueness.

  2. Emeasoba George:

    No human is a role model in actual sense or rather logically. These are my reasons. A model is a perfect or ­peculiar representative of a system, an organ or a product. Whereas, a role model itself, is a distinctive model from models. Now, that signifies, a role model should be perfect and peculiar from the crowd or its counterparts. But unfortunately, the reverse is always the case with the so called role models right here or out there. Besides that, every so called role model right here or out there looks up to someone else as his or her own role model too. And that shouldn't be so. Anyway, all I'm saying in essence is this, the so called role models don't deserve to be called role models. Moreover, that infers you've got to be and remain your own model. I mean, always be your own self and stop copying or imitating someone else no matter what happens. Lest you forget, every human is a unique creation i.e. you are God's masterpiece scripture reference (Psalms 139 : 14). Nevertheless, I guess that's a reasonable reason why you should always long to be and remain your own self and not at all any other person or celebrity right here or out there.

  3. Olivia Nuzzi:

    If you think about it for long enough, any story about the presidency is a story about the meaning of life and, in that sense, a story about death. If you stare at it hard enough, ambition can look like running hopelessly away from mortality.

  4. Steven Kasher:

    The quality, the depth, the sense of reality that he brings to the work is unparalleled.

  5. Gage Averill:

    It was constrained businessmen who were yearning for something lighthearted and convivial, they would sing these songs associated with their childhood. There was a widespread sense, you could find this now as well, that the nation was in decline, that life was not as simple as it had been in the 1890s, 1910s.

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  • احساس, معنى, إحساسArabic
  • sensació, sentit, accepció, significat, sentirCatalan, Valencian
  • smysl, významCzech
  • чоутиOld Church Slavonic, Church Slavonic, Old Bulgarian
  • pwyllWelsh
  • fornemmelse, følelseDanish
  • Sinn, Gefühl, Bedeutung, Verstand, wahrnehmenGerman
  • νόημα, έννοιαGreek
  • sentido, significación, sensación, significado, acepción, sentir, dar sentidoSpanish
  • zentzumenBasque
  • حسPersian
  • pyörimissuunta, tunne, järki, merkitys, lahja, suunta, aisti, kyky, lahjakkuus, vaisto, aistia, vaistotaFinnish
  • sens, sentirFrench
  • ciall, réasún, céadfaIrish
  • brìgh, cudthrom, ciall, ciallachadh, mothachadh, faireachdainn, ceudfath, seaghScottish Gaelic
  • sentido, significación, acepción, significado, sentirGalician
  • keeall, ennaghtynManx
  • הגיון, חוש, מובן, תחושה, חשHebrew
  • समझHindi
  • érzés, érzet, érzék, értelemHungarian
  • իմաստ, զգացում, զգացողությունArmenian
  • merasakanIndonesian
  • senso, coscienza, sensazione, significato, verso, sentireItalian
  • לָחוּשׁHebrew
  • 感覚, 意識, 分別, センス, 意味, 感じる, 察する, 気づくJapanese
  • გრძნობაGeorgian
  • វិញ្ញាណ, អារម្មណ៍, សុភនិច្ឆ័យ, ន័យ, ឥន្ទ្រិយ, យល់Khmer
  • 뜻, 의미, 감각Korean
  • sensus,Latin
  • nuojauta, uoslė, jausmas, prasmė, jutimasLithuanian
  • maņa, sajūta, jēgaLatvian
  • indera, deriaMalay
  • အာရုံBurmese
  • gewaarwording, betekenis, zintuig, gevoel, gewaarworden, waarnemen, zinDutch
  • sens, føleNorwegian
  • sens, sentitOccitan
  • sens, zmysłPolish
  • sentido, senso, significação, significado, acepção, sentirPortuguese
  • senn, sen, accorscher, inaccordscher, encorscher, ancorscherRomansh
  • sensRomanian
  • направление, смысл, ощущение, значение, чувство, почувствовать, ощущать, чувствовать, ощутитьRussian
  • osjet, smisaoSerbo-Croatian
  • zmyselSlovak
  • občutek, čutilo, čut, smisel, pomenSlovene
  • sinne, förnuft, förstånd, bemärkelse, mening, betydelse, känslaSwedish
  • உணர்வுTamil
  • స్పృహ, భావంTelugu
  • ความรู้สThai
  • duyu, algılamak, duyumsamakTurkish
  • почуттяUkrainian
  • احساسUrdu
  • ý nghĩaVietnamese
  • sienVolapük
  • שׂכל, געפילYiddish
  • Chinese

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    restricted to a particular condition of life
    • A. obligate
    • B. fudge
    • C. conform
    • D. moan

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