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sensation

Noun

1 an unelaborated elementary awareness of stimulation; "a sensation of touch" [syn: sense experience, sense impression, sense datum]
2 someone who is dazzlingly skilled in any field [syn: ace, adept, champion, maven, mavin, virtuoso, genius, hotshot, star, superstar, whiz, whizz, wizard, wiz]
3 a general feeling of excitement and heightened interest; "anticipation produced in me a sensation somewhere between hope and fear"
4 a state of widespread public excitement and interest; "the news caused a sensation"
5 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" [syn: sense, sentience, sentiency, sensory faculty]

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English

Etymology

From mediaeval Latin sensationem, from sensus.

Pronunciation

  • /sɛnseɪʃən/

Noun

  1. A physical feeling or perception from something that comes into contact with the body; something sensed.
  2. A widespread reaction of interest or excitement.

Translations

physical feeling
widespread excitement

French

Etymology

From mediaeval Latin sensationem, from sensus.

Pronunciation

  • /sɑ̃sasjɔ̃/
  • SAMPA: /sA~.sa.sjO~/

Noun

fr-noun f

Extensive Definition

In psychology, sensation is the first stage in the biochemical and neurologic events that begins with the impinging of a stimulus upon the receptor cells of a sensory organ, which then leads to perception, the mental state that is reflected in statements like "I see a uniformly blue wall." In other words, sensations are the first stages in the functioning of senses.
sensation in Estonian: Aisting
sensation in French: Sensation
sensation in Hebrew: תחושה
sensation in Italian: Sensazione
sensation in Portuguese: Sensação
sensation in Russian: Ощущение
sensation in Tagalog: Pakikiramdam
sensation in Ukrainian: Відчуття
sensation in Urdu: حس

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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