• WordNet 3.6
    • n perception becoming aware of something via the senses
    • n perception the process of perceiving
    • n perception knowledge gained by perceiving "a man admired for the depth of his perception"
    • n perception a way of conceiving something "Luther had a new perception of the Bible"
    • n perception the representation of what is perceived; basic component in the formation of a concept
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The book The Doors of Perception, by Aldous Huxley, was the inspiration behind Jim Morrison naming his band The Doors. The book extolls the use of hallucinogenic drugs.
    • Perception An idea; a notion.
    • Perception The act of perceiving; cognizance by the senses or intellect; apperhension by the bodily organs, or by the mind, of what is presented to them; discernment; apperhension; cognition.
    • Perception (Metaph) The faculty of perceiving; the faculty, or peculiar part, of man's constitution by which he has knowledge through the medium or instrumentality of the bodily organs; the act of apperhending material objects or qualities through the senses; -- distinguished from conception. "Matter hath no life nor perception , and is not conscious of its own existence."
    • Perception The quality, state, or capability, of being affected by something external; sensation; sensibility. "This experiment discovereth perception in plants."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n perception Originally, and most commonly down to the middle of the eighteenth century, cognition; thought and sense in general, whether the faculty, the operation, or the resulting idea. Most psychologists since Plato had made two departments of mental action, the orectic and the speculative; the latter was called perception, but it did not include belief founded on testimony. This use of the word is now uncommon in technical language.
    • n perception The mental faculty, operation, or resulting construction of the imagination, of gaining knowledge by virtue of a real action of an object upon the mind. It includes the first sensation, its objectification, its location, its intuitive assimilation of ideas already in the mind—in short, all the knowledge that is acquired involuntarily without our being aware of any process, and which seems to be directly given by sense. Perception may be internal or external.
    • n perception An immediate judgment founded on sense or other real action of the object upon the mind, more or less analogous to what takes place in vision. Thus, we are said to recognize our friends by perception. Also, mathematical, esthetic, and moral judgments founded on direct observation of imaginary or ideal objects are called perceptions.
    • n perception In law, participation in receipts; community of interest in income: as, the perception of profits.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Perception act of perceiving: discernment:
    • n Perception (phil.) the faculty of perceiving: the evidence of external objects by our senses
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  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “Every beauty which is seen here below by persons of perception resembles more than anything else that celestial source from which we all are come”
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
    “Do what you know and perception is converted into character.”
  • Henry David Thoreau
    “Why level downward to our dullest perception always, and praise that as common sense? The commonest sense is the sense of men asleep, which they express by snoring.”
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
    “The essence of greatness is the perception that virtue is enough.”
  • A Course In Miracles
    A Course In Miracles
    “Perception is a mirror not a fact. And what I look on is my state of mind, reflected outward.”
  • Henri L. Bergson
    Henri L. Bergson
    “To perceive means to immobilize... we seize, in the act of perception, something which outruns perception itself.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. perceptio,: cf. F. perception,. See Perceive


In literature:

The sixth sense, that comes of acute natural perceptions fortified by long habit, was giving him warning.
"The Free Rangers" by Joseph A. Altsheler
There was a perceptible consciousness of this in the manner in which Gilkan moved forward to meet Gilbert Penny's son.
"The Three Black Pennys" by Joseph Hergesheimer
This popular soul includes mind, perception and desire and often no attempt is made to distinguish it from them.
"Hinduism and Buddhism, Vol I. (of 3)" by Charles Eliot
We are drawn into this conflict of perception even when we look into a mirror.
"The Photoplay" by Hugo Münsterberg
And her incomparable beauty was slightly perceptible, like the brightness of a fire enveloped in curls of smoke.
"The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 1"
The Scharnhorst caught fire forward, but not seriously, and her fire slackened perceptibly; the Gneisenau was badly hit by the Inflexible.
"New York Times Current History; The European War, Vol 2, No. 2, May, 1915" by Various
Even a perception, on her part, of this selfishness in him, would not have alienated her.
"Bressant" by Julian Hawthorne
He writes like a whole-hearted amateur, guided by common sense and enthusiasm, but not by the delicate perceptions of an artist.
"Books and Persons" by Arnold Bennett
These boys were now regular attendants at the school, and their manners and morals were perceptibly improving.
"Ishmael" by Mrs. E. D. E. N. Southworth
If the first flashes of perception dazzle, they are rays of daylight to one emerging from the cave of sense.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Vol. 13, No. 76, February, 1864" by Various

In poetry:

I am now in my bearded manhood,
And the finer perceptions then
Have roughen'd and dull'd in their feelings,
Since I stood with my shoulder to men.
"The Worship of Sorrow" by Alexander Anderson
Invitation, mere invitation to perceptivity
Gradually led him to the isolation
Which these presents place
Under a more tolerant, perhaps, examination.
"'The Age Demanded'" by Ezra Pound
Peace, this hid riot, Change,
This revel of quick-cued mumming,
This never truly being,
This evermore becoming,
This spinner's wheel onfleeing
Outside perception's range.
""According to the Mighty Working"" by Thomas Hardy
So, too, at times when melancholy rhymes
Or solemn speeches sober down a dinner,
I've seen it 's true, quite often,--have n't you?--
The best-fed guests perceptibly grow thinner.
"How To Not Settle It" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
The sign is reversing, the orb is enclosed,
The ring is circled, the journey is done;
The box-lid is but perceptibly open'd—nevertheless the perfume pours
copiously out of the whole box.
"A Broadway Pageant" by Walt Whitman
If e'er you believ'd I was blest with perception,
To distinguish a spark from the light of the sun,
O! how could you ever admit the conception,
Another could charm me where you had made one.
"Alas! Forgive Me" by Charlotte Dacre

In news:

And both were coated with a sophisticated Gotham gloss, which (as Jon Landau perceptively noted years before) seemed to adhere to every kind of act recording for Columbia .
"Experiment to Evaluate Risk Perceptions of Produce Growers, Food Retailers, and Consumers After a Food Recall Resulting From a Foodborne Illness Outbreak".
Marketers know that perception is often the deciding factor in how people relate to a product.
If the media reports a certain way about a product, and does it long and often, that product becomes that perception in the public mind — or so it seems.
The article examines the drivers of customer perception of contract service providers of pharmaceutical development and manufacturing.
Lately, the perception of Royals and Chiefs fans has taken a hit.
Auditor change more perception than procedure.
Perceptive Pyrenees proves wise beyond his dog years.
Aimin Sang, Xiaodong Wang, Mohammad Madihian, "Differentiated TCP User Perception over Downlink Packet Data Cellular Systems," IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing, vol 6, no.
And because of that, agencies for both should work together to improve the appearance, opportunities and perceptions of our county.
Experts debate while for agencies and their clients, perceptions matter.
But state Superintendent John Barge, fresh off a defeat in a debate over expanding charter schools, wants to change public perception.
A wild chase throughout the South Valley ends with two men behind bars and police thanks to one perceptive neighbor.
Our perceptions influence the way we think and make decisions, but they can become problematic if they don't align with reality.
Our perceptions dictate our actions.

In science:

Upon the tick-tock of the clock we automatically impose a pattern, and we organize our perception of time by means of rhythm.
Music in Terms of Science
From the psychological point of view, there seems to be grouping principles for sound perception.
Music in Terms of Science
This may contribute to the perception that the (cid:96) = 1 dipolar shock oscillation seen in such 2D simulations is essential to the turbulent, multi-D neutrino-driven mechanism.
Perspectives on Core-Collapse Supernova Theory
In the present paper, in purpose to simplify the consideration, we shall assume that in the innermost region of the jet, where gravitational effects are perceptible, matter moves with non-relativistic velocity (i.e., v≪1 and Γ≈1).
General-relativistic Model of Magnetically Driven Jet
However, even in this case the perception of a conflict with Hamiltonian dynamics is blurred by the adoption of a statistical perspective.
Fractional Calculus as a Macroscopic Manifestation of Randomness