• WordNet 3.6
    • n sensation 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"
    • n sensation an unelaborated elementary awareness of stimulation "a sensation of touch"
    • n sensation a general feeling of excitement and heightened interest "anticipation produced in me a sensation somewhere between hope and fear"
    • n sensation someone who is dazzlingly skilled in any field
    • n sensation a state of widespread public excitement and interest "the news caused a sensation"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: It is not possible to tickle yourself. The cerebellum, a part of the brain, warns the rest of the brain that you are about to tickle yourself. Since your brain knows this, it ignores the resulting sensation
    • Sensation A purely spiritual or psychical affection; agreeable or disagreeable feelings occasioned by objects that are not corporeal or material.
    • Sensation A state of excited interest or feeling, or that which causes it. "The sensation caused by the appearance of that work is still remembered by many."
    • Sensation (Physiol) An impression, or the consciousness of an impression, made upon the central nervous organ, through the medium of a sensory or afferent nerve or one of the organs of sense; a feeling, or state of consciousness, whether agreeable or disagreeable, produced either by an external object (stimulus), or by some change in the internal state of the body. "Perception is only a special kind of knowledge, and sensation a special kind of feeling. . . . Knowledge and feeling, perception and sensation , though always coexistent, are always in the inverse ratio of each other."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Brain surgery is done with the patient still awake. The brain has no nerves therefore it has no sensation. The person is put to sleep to open the skull but after that the person wakes up to see the operation be completed.
    • n sensation The action, faculty, or immediate mental result of receiving a mental impression from any affection of the bodily organism; sensitive apprehension; corporeal feeling; any feeling; also, the elements of feeling or immediate consciousness and of consciousness of reaction in perception; the subjective element of perception. Sensation has to be distinguished from feeling on the one hand, and from perception on the other. All are abstractions, or objects segregated by the mind from their concomitants, but perception is less so and feeling more so than sensation. Sensation is feeling together with the direct consciousness of that feeling forcing itself upon us, so that it involves the essential element of the conception of an object; but sensation is considered apart from its union with associated sensations, by which a perception is built up. Sensations are either peripheral or visceral. Among the latter are to be specially mentioned sensations of operations in the brain. No approach to a satisfactory enumeration of the different kinds of sensations, even of the peripheral kind, has been made.
    • n sensation A state of interest or of feeling; especially, a state of excited interest or feeling.
    • n sensation That which produces sensation or excited interest or feeling: as, the greatest sensation of the day.
    • n sensation A hypothetical intensity of sensation which exists below the stimulus limen.
    • n sensation A sense-distance or sense-interval, traversed in the direction opposite to that which has been chosen as the positive Thus, if Sm and Sn are two points upon the scale of brightness qualities such that the distance Sm–Sn represents a just noticeable increase of brightness (positive), then the distance Sn–Sm may be considered negative in regard to Sm-Sn.
    • n sensation A sensation which lies to the right of the zero-point of the sensation-scale, that is, which belongs to the group of noticeable (as opposed to unnoticeable) sensations.
    • n sensation A sense-step or sense-distance regarded as traversed in the opposite direction to that taken as negative. Thus, if the sense-distance Sn-Sm be looked upon as negative, then the sense-distance Sm-Sn is positive.
    • n sensation Specifically, the sensations of dizziness furnished, in all probability, by the semicircular canals of the internal ear.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Sensation sen-sā′shun perception by the senses: the change in consciousness which results from the transmission of nervous impulses to the brain, feeling excited by external objects, by the state of the body, or by immaterial objects: a state of excited feeling
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  • Lord Byron
    “And yet a little tumult, now and then, is an agreeable quickener of sensation; such as a revolution, a battle, or an adventure of any lively description.”
  • G. M. Trevelyan
    G. M. Trevelyan
    “Education... has produced a vast population able to read but unable to distinguish what is worth reading, an easy prey to sensations and cheap appeals.”
  • E. M. Cioran
    E. M. Cioran
    “Every thought derives from a thwarted sensation.”
  • Ambrose Bierce
    “Happiness is an agreeable sensation, arising from contemplating the misery of others.”
  • Samuel Osgood
    Samuel Osgood
    “I love a hand that meets my own with a grasp that causes some sensation.”
  • Lord Byron
    “The great art of life is sensation, to feel that we exist, even in pain.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. F. sensation,. See Sensate


In literature:

They produced a purely physical sensation, as of violin strings too tightly drawn.
"Atlantis" by Gerhart Hauptmann
This story Neilson Poe set down as highly sensational.
"The Dreamer" by Mary Newton Stanard
It was an extraordinary sensation, that of talking to Carlos again.
"Romance" by Joseph Conrad and F.M. Hueffer
The Doctor's sensation of being examined, while he sat with Mrs. Chepstow in his consulting-room, had been well-founded.
"Bella Donna" by Robert Hichens
His course made quite a sensation.
"The Debtor" by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
Thus, it is much easier in a general way to confuse two sensations of smell than two sensations of colour.
"Illusions" by James Sully
But the men had remained paralyzed for some time, and then the sensations lifted.
"Operation Terror" by William Fitzgerald Jenkins
This pain soon ceases and gives place to a complete loss of sensation.
"Manual of Surgery" by Alexis Thomson and Alexander Miles
His sensations were those of someone being struck a hard, prolonged blow all over his body.
"Operation: Outer Space" by William Fitzgerald Jenkins
The feeling which thus enters as a factor into any sensation is known as sensuous feeling.
"Ontario Normal School Manuals: Science of Education" by Ontario Ministry of Education

In poetry:

To her sensations calm as these
Could sweet delight impart,
Those simple pleasures most can please
The uncorrupted heart.
"Edwin and Eltruda, a Legendary Tale" by Helen Maria Williams
"And how her sinking heart recoil'd,
And how her throbbing bosom beat,
And how sensation almost left
Her cold convulsed feet:
"The Dark Ladie" by Anne Bannerman
Yes, there is one, and one alone;—
Mimosa, pride of vegetation,
Boasts higher honors of her own;
Hers is the honor of sensation.
"For The Album of Miss E. L. B--" by John Pierpont
But, if thy magic pow'rs impart
One soft sensation to the heart,
If thy warm precepts can dispense
One thrilling transport o'er my sense; Oh! keep thy gifts, and let me fly,
In APATHY's cold arms to die.
"Ode to the Muse" by Mary Darby Robinson
The October night comes down; returning as before
Except for a slight sensation of being ill at ease
I mount the stairs and turn the handle of the door
And feel as if I had mounted on my hands and knees.
"Portrait Of A Lady" by T S Eliot
When I wander down that evenin', she come smilin' to the gate,
An' her look is calculatin', as she scolds because I'm late.
She takes my hat an' sits me down an' heaves a little sigh.
But I get a queer sensation from that glimmer in her eye.
"Red Robin" by C J Dennis

In news:

As actor, filmmaker and founder of the Sundance Film Festival, Robert Redford has long prized storytelling over sensation.
Spend your Sunday afternoon hearing some sensational dance, house, and techno tracks.
's ORPHEE ET EURYDICE --LATE RENOIR at PMA--Piano Sensation Haochen Zhang.
A 13-year-old Australian girl has become an internet sensation for a video in which she makes her eyebrows dance.
Internet sensation Valeria Lukyanova poses in skimpy clothes for "V magazine".
Fred Figglehorn, the hyper kid with the helium voice who became a sensation on YouTube, has grown up.
Eric Wynalda 's Cal FC is the sensation of the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup, a hastily assembled team from a small ethnic league in Ventura County near Los Angeles.
"Savages": Drug-Trade Drama Settles for Sensation.
Joe Swift, a gardening writer for The Times newspapers and BBC presenter, won a gold medal for his sensational garden, which was easily the most original with large cedar frames.
In an age of violent video games and sensational television programming, New York State United Teachers Board member Michelle Bodden has authored a book that stresses one of life's simple lessons — the golden rule.
Sensations In-Flight Catering, Saugus, Mass.
Reverend Emmett Burns, a prominent black pastor in Maryland, made quite the sensation when he was interviewed by CNN in the wake of President Obama's announcement that he supports same-sex marriage.
Sheldon Stephens, 24, last week withdrew sensational claims that, as an underage teen, he.
Swimming sensation Michael Phelps has an Olympic recipe for success - and it involves eating a staggering 12,000 calories a day.
Kyle Acquistapace, partner, director of media & data strategy, Deutsch LA, discussed the launch of HTC's Sensation 4G mobile phone in June 2011.

In science:

Mack’s sensationalism and pragmatism, Russell’s phenomenalism, and Bridgeman’s operationalism) brought the activities of scientists more centrally into our conception of the nature of the scientific endeavour, without, however, trying to face head-on the basic issue of how our thoughts can affect our actions.
Quantum theory and the role of mind in nature
The sensation that the exact renormalization of both ASM and CSM was possible remained.
Exact Renormalization of Massless QED2
Page, “Mindless Sensationalism: A Quantum Framework for Consciousness,” to be published in Consciousness: New Philosophical Essays, eds. Q.
Quantum Mechanics as a Simple Generalization of Classical Mechanics
These events give rise to conscious qualities, such as concepts, sensations, feelings, through which we experience the world.
Founding quantum theory on the basis of consciousness
Information Psychophysics is one step above Psychophysics, which examines how a sensation becomes a perception; Information Psychophysics concerns presenting the user with the perceptual substrates for comprehension and insight.
Human Information Processing with the Personal Memex