sense


sense
/sens/, n., v., sensed, sensing.
n.
1. 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.
2. these faculties collectively.
3. their operation or function; sensation.
4. a feeling or perception produced through the organs of touch, taste, etc., or resulting from a particular condition of some part of the body: to have a sense of cold.
5. a faculty or function of the mind analogous to sensation: the moral sense.
6. any special capacity for perception, estimation, appreciation, etc.: a sense of humor.
7. Usually, senses. clear and sound mental faculties; 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; acuteness: a just sense of the worth of a thing.
10. the recognition of something as incumbent or fitting: a sense of duty.
11. sound practical intelligence: He has no sense.
12. something that is sensible or reasonable: to talk sense.
13. the meaning or gist of something: You missed the sense of his statement.
14. the value or worth of something; merit: There's no sense in worrying about the past.
15. the meaning of a word or phrase in a specific context, esp. as isolated in a dictionary or glossary; the semantic element in a word or group of words.
16. an opinion or judgment formed or held, esp. by an assemblage or body of persons: the sense of a meeting.
17. Genetics. a DNA sequence that is capable of coding for an amino acid (distinguished from nonsense).
18. Math. one of two opposite directions in which a vector may point.
19. come to one's senses, to regain one's good judgment or realistic point of view; become reasonable.
20. in a sense, according to one explanation or view; to a certain extent: In a sense it may have been the only possible solution.
21. make sense, to be reasonable or comprehensible: His attitude doesn't make sense.
v.t.
22. to perceive (something) by the senses; become aware of.
23. to grasp the meaning of; understand.
24. (of certain mechanical devices) to detect physical phenomena, as light, temperature, radioactivity, etc., mechanically, electrically, or photoelectrically.
25. Computers. to read (punched holes, tape, data, etc.) mechanically, electrically, or photoelectrically.
[1350-1400; (n.) ME < L sensus sensation, feeling, understanding, equiv. to sent(ire) to feel + -tus suffix of v. action, with tt > s; (v.) deriv. of the n.]
Syn. 4. SENSE, SENSATION refer to consciousness of stimulus or of a perception as pleasant or unpleasant. A SENSE is an awareness or recognition of something; the stimulus may be subjective and the entire process may be mental or intellectual: a sense of failure. A SENSATION is an impression derived from an objective (external) stimulus through any of the sense organs: a sensation of heat. It is also a general, indefinite physical or emotional feeling: a sensation of weariness. 5. awareness, apprehension. 7. rationality. 9. estimation, appreciation. 13. signification, import, denotation, connotation, interpretation. See meaning. 16. feeling, sentiment. 22. discern, appreciate, recognize.

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or sensory reception or sense perception

Mechanism by which information is received about one's external or internal environment.

Stimuli received by nerves, in some cases through specialized organs with receptor cells sensitive to one type of stimulus, are converted into impulses that travel to specialized areas of the brain, where they are analyzed. In addition to the "five senses"
sight, hearing, smell, taste, and touch
humans have senses of motion (kinesthetic sense), heat, cold, pressure, pain, and balance. Temperature, pressure, and pain are cutaneous (skin) senses; different points on the skin are particularly sensitive to each. See also chemoreception, ear, eye, inner ear, mechanoreception, nose, photoreception, proprioception, taste, thermoreception, tongue.

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