What does sense mean?

Definitions for sense

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word sense.

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"


  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 don't 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.

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 sen

Suggested Resources

  1. sense

    Song lyrics by sense -- Explore a large variety of song lyrics performed by sense on the Lyrics.com website.

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

How to pronounce sense?

  1. Alex
    US English

How to say sense in sign language?

  1. sense


  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. Sawsan Chebli:

    It makes sense to me.

  2. Abduzohir Soatov:

    It no longer makes sense.

  3. Samantha McCrary:

    How does that make sense?

  4. David BuShea:

    It's a huge sense of relief.

  5. Avipsa Mahapatra:

    It makes good business sense.

Images & Illustrations of sense

  1. sensesensesensesensesense

Popularity rank by frequency of use


Translations for sense

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • 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

Get even more translations for sense »


Find a translation for the sense definition in other languages:

Select another language:

  • - Select -
  • Chinese - Simplified 简体中文 (Chinese - Simplified)
  • Chinese - Traditional 繁體中文 (Chinese - Traditional)
  • Spanish Español (Spanish)
  • Esperanto Esperanto (Esperanto)
  • Japanese 日本語 (Japanese)
  • Portuguese Português (Portuguese)
  • German Deutsch (German)
  • Arabic العربية (Arabic)
  • French Français (French)
  • Russian Русский (Russian)
  • Kannada ಕನ್ನಡ (Kannada)
  • Korean 한국어 (Korean)
  • Hebrew עברית (Hebrew)
  • Ukrainian Український (Ukrainian)
  • Urdu اردو (Urdu)
  • Hungarian Magyar (Hungarian)
  • Hindi मानक हिन्दी (Hindi)
  • Indonesian Indonesia (Indonesian)
  • Italian Italiano (Italian)
  • Tamil தமிழ் (Tamil)
  • Turkish Türkçe (Turkish)
  • Telugu తెలుగు (Telugu)
  • Thai ภาษาไทย (Thai)
  • Vietnamese Tiếng Việt (Vietnamese)
  • Czech Čeština (Czech)
  • Polish Polski (Polish)
  • Indonesian Bahasa Indonesia (Indonesian)
  • Romanian Românește (Romanian)
  • Dutch Nederlands (Dutch)
  • Greek Ελληνικά (Greek)
  • Latin Latinum (Latin)
  • Swedish Svenska (Swedish)
  • Danish Dansk (Danish)
  • Finnish Suomi (Finnish)
  • Persian فارسی (Persian)
  • Yiddish ייִדיש (Yiddish)
  • Armenian հայերեն (Armenian)
  • Norwegian Norsk (Norwegian)
  • English English (English)

Discuss these sense definitions with the community:

Word of the Day

Would you like us to send you a FREE new word definition delivered to your inbox daily?

Please enter your email address:


Use the citation below to add this definition to your bibliography:


"sense." Definitions.net. STANDS4 LLC, 2019. Web. 8 Dec. 2019. <https://www.definitions.net/definition/sense>.

Are we missing a good definition for sense? Don't keep it to yourself...

Free, no signup required:

Add to Chrome

Get instant definitions for any word that hits you anywhere on the web!

Free, no signup required:

Add to Firefox

Get instant definitions for any word that hits you anywhere on the web!

Nearby & related entries:

Alternative searches for sense:

Thanks for your vote! We truly appreciate your support.