What does Sense mean?

Definitions for Sense

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word Sense.

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.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. SENSEnoun

    Etymology: sens, French; sensus, Latin.

    This pow’r is sense, which from abroad doth bring
    The colour, taste, and touch, and scent, and sound,
    The quantity and shape of ev’ry thing
    Within earth’s centre, or heav’n’s circle found:
    And though things sensible be numberless,
    But only five the sense’s organs be;
    And in those five, all things their forms express,
    Which we can touch, taste, feel, or hear or see. Davies.

    Then is the soul a nature, which contains
    The pow’r of sense within a greater pow’r,
    Which doth employ and use the sense’s pains;
    But sits and rules within her private bow’r. Davies.

    Both contain
    Within them ev’ry lower faculty
    Of sense, whereby they hear, see, smell, touch, taste. John Milton.

    Of the five senses, two are usually and most properly called the senses of learning, as being most capable of receiving communication of thought and notions by selected signs; and these are hearing and seeing. William Holder, Elements of Speech.

    In a living creature, though never so great, the sense and the affects of any one part of the body instantly make a transcursion throughout the whole. Francis Bacon, Natural History.

    If we had nought but sense, then only they
    Should have sound minds which have their senses sound;
    But wisdom grows when senses do decay,
    And folly most in quickest sense is found. Davies.

    Such is the mighty swiftness of your mind,
    That, like the earth’s, it leaves the sense behind. Dryden.

    This Basilius, having the quick sense of a lover, took as though his mistress had given him a secret reprehension. Philip Sidney.

    God, to remove his ways from human sense,
    Plac’d heav’n from earth so far. John Milton.

    Why hast thou added sense of endless woes? John Milton.

    He should have liv’d,
    Save that his riotous youth, with dangerous sense,
    Might in the times to come have ta’en revenge. William Shakespeare.

    Opprest nature sleeps:
    This rest might yet have balm’d thy broken senses. William Shakespeare.

    God hath endued mankind with powers and abilities, which we call natural light and reason, and common sense. Richard Bentley.

    There’s something previous ev’n to taste; ’tis sense,
    Good sense, which only is the gift of heav’n,
    And, though no science, fairly worth the sev’n:
    A light within yourself you must perceive;
    Jones and Le Nôtre have it not to give. Alexander Pope.

    He raves; his words are loose
    As heaps of sand, and scattering wide from sense:
    You see he knows not me, his natural father;
    That now the wind is got into his head,
    And turns his brains to frenzy. John Dryden, Spanish Fryar.

    I speak my private but impartial sense
    With freedom, and, I hope, without offence. Wentworth Dillon.

    In the due sense of my want of learning, I only make a confession of my own faith. Dryden.

    Some are so hardened in wickedness, as to have no sense of the most friendly offices. Roger L'Estrange.

    In this sense to be preserved from all sin is not impossible. Richard Hooker, b. v.

    My hearty friends,
    You take me in too dolorous a sense. William Shakespeare.

    This comes out of a haughty presumption, that because we are encouraged to believe that in some sense all things are made for man, that therefore they are not made at all for themselves. Henry More, Antidote against Atheism.

    All before Richard I. is before time of memory; and what is since, is, in a legal sense, within the time of memory. Matthew Hale.

    In one sense it is, indeed, a building of gold and silver upon the foundation of Christianity. John Tillotson.

    When a word has been used in two or three senses, and has made a great inroad for error, drop one or two of those senses, and leave it only one remaining, and affix the other senses or ideas to other words. Isaac Watts, Logick.


  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.


  1. sense

    Sense refers to the cognitive ability or faculty through which individuals perceive and interpret information from the external world. It involves the five main senses - sight, hearing, taste, touch, and smell - as well as other senses such as proprioception (awareness of the body's position) and vestibular sense (balance and spatial orientation). Senses allow individuals to gather sensory input from their surroundings, which is then transmitted to the brain for processing and comprehension. Sensory perception is crucial for understanding and interacting with the environment, enabling humans and animals to navigate, communicate, and experience the world around them.

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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Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. SENSE

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Sense is ranked #126018 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Sense surname appeared 136 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Sense.

    85.2% or 116 total occurrences were White.
    11% or 15 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.

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. Fariha Abbasi-Feinberg:

    Some individuals might want a heavier weight to feel a sense of' hugging' and calmness, while others might want something lighter.

  2. Robbie Aholoka:

    This is worship? It could be this, too? It could be fun? You could actually dance to it? when I heard the music, the worship, Jesus just made sense to me.

  3. Catherine Dill:

    Just because he seems like a jolly man doesn't mean that his intentions are pure, or that he's unable to launch a missile again, a lot of the summit, even if the true intention of President Moon Jae-in and Kim Jong Un was to work towards peace at some point, there's a lot of pageantry involved. So in some sense, he was acting.

  4. James Gunn:

    There were certainly lots of times on set when we talked about' Does that make sense with your perception of who this character is ?' I think they afforded me that respect, and they certainly always know the right questions to ask, that's what makes them great directors.

  5. Joanna Schwartz:

    If a lawyer knows ahead of time that the officer is not going to be identified, who has no resources, it makes no financial sense at all to litigate that case, if we've given up the charade that accountability is only through financial payments by those officers, then we need to think more seriously about what the consequences are and what our internal disciplinary systems look like in law enforcement agencies.

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Translations for Sense

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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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    the verbal act of urging on
    A instigation
    B slur
    C volubility
    D taper

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