Definition of Sense

1. Noun. A general conscious awareness. "A sense of self"

Generic synonyms: Awareness, Cognisance, Cognizance, Consciousness, Knowingness
Specialized synonyms: Sense Of Direction, Sense Of Responsibility
Derivative terms: Sensify

2. Verb. Perceive by a physical sensation, e.g., coming from the skin or muscles. "She felt the heat when she got out of the car"
Exact synonyms: Feel
Generic synonyms: Comprehend, Perceive
Related verbs: Feel
Derivative terms: Feel, Feeling, Sensation, Sensation, Sensible, Sensible, Sensing, Sensitive, Sensitive, Sensor

3. Noun. The meaning of a word or expression; the way in which a word or expression or situation can be interpreted. "The signifier is linked to the signified"
Exact synonyms: Signified
Generic synonyms: Import, Meaning, Significance, Signification
Specialized synonyms: Acceptation, Word Meaning, Word Sense

4. Verb. Detect some circumstance or entity automatically. "Particle detectors sense ionization"
Generic synonyms: Detect, Discover, Find, Notice, Observe
Derivative terms: Sensitive

5. 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"

6. Verb. Become aware of not through the senses but instinctively. "Smell out corruption"
Exact synonyms: Smell, Smell Out
Generic synonyms: Perceive
Derivative terms: Sensible, Sensitive

7. Noun. Sound practical judgment. "Fortunately she had the good sense to run away"
Exact synonyms: Common Sense, Good Sense, Gumption, Horse Sense, Mother Wit
Generic synonyms: Discernment, Judgement, Judgment, Sagaciousness, Sagacity
Specialized synonyms: Logic, Nous, Road Sense
Derivative terms: Commonsensical

8. Verb. Comprehend. "I sensed the real meaning of his letter"
Generic synonyms: Understand
Derivative terms: Sensitive

9. Noun. A natural appreciation or ability. "A good sense of timing"
Generic synonyms: Appreciation, Grasp, Hold

Definition of Sense

1. n. 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. v. t. To perceive by the senses; to recognize.

Definition of Sense

1. Noun. One of the methods for a living being to gather data about the world; sight, smell, hearing, touch, taste. ¹

2. Noun. A general conscious awareness. ¹

3. Noun. Sound practical judgment, as in common sense ¹

4. Noun. The meaning, reason, or value of something. ¹

5. Noun. A natural appreciation or ability ¹

6. Noun. (context: pragmatics) The way that a referent is presented. ¹

7. Noun. (context: semantics) A single conventional use of a word; one of the entries for a word in a dictionary. ¹

8. Noun. (context: mathematics) One of two opposite directions in which a vector (especially of motion) may point. See also polarity. ¹

9. Noun. (context: mathematics) One of two opposite directions of rotation, clockwise versus anti-clockwise. ¹

10. Verb. To use biological senses: to either smell, watch, taste, hear or feel. ¹

11. Verb. To instinctively be aware. ¹

12. Verb. To comprehend. ¹

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Definition of Sense

1. to perceive by the senses (any of certain agencies through which an individual receives impressions of the external world) [v SENSED, SENSING, SENSES]

Medical Definition of Sense

1. 1. 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. "Let fancy still my sense in Lethe steep." (Shak) "What surmounts the reach Of human sense I shall delineate." (Milton) "The traitor Sense recalls The soaring soul from rest." (Keble) 2. Perception by the sensory organs of the body; sensation; sensibility; feeling. "In a living creature, though never so great, the sense and the affects of any one part of the body instantly make a transcursion through the whole." (Bacon) 3. Perception through the intellect; apprehension; recognition; understanding; discernment; appreciation. "This Basilius, having the quick sense of a lover." (Sir P. Sidney) "High disdain from sense of injured merit." (Milton) 4. Sound perception and reasoning; correct judgment; good mental capacity; understanding; also, that which is sound, true, or reasonable; rational meaning. "He speaks sense." "He raves; his words are loose As heaps of sand, and scattering wide from sense." (Dryden) 5. That which is felt or is held as a sentiment, view, or opinion; judgment; notion; opinion. "I speak my private but impartial sense With freedom." (Roscommon) "The municipal council of the city had ceased to speak the sense of the citizens." (Macaulay) 6. Meaning; import; signification; as, the true sense of words or phrases; the sense of a remark. "So they read in the book in the law of God distinctly, and gave the sense." (Neh. Viii. 8) "I think 't was in another sense." (Shak) 7. Moral perception or appreciation. "Some are so hardened in wickedness as to have no sense of the most friendly offices." (L' Estrange) 8. 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. Common sense, according to Sir W. Hamilton: "The complement of those cognitions or convictions which we receive from nature, which all men possess in common, and by which they test the truth of knowledge and the morality of actions." "The faculty of first principles." These two are the philosophical significations. "Such ordinary complement of intelligence, that,if a person be deficient therein, he is accounted mad or foolish." When the substantive is emphasized: "Native practical intelligence, natural prudence, mother wit, tact in behavior, acuteness in the observation of character, in contrast to habits of acquired learning or of speculation." Moral sense. See Moral, . The inner, or internal, sense, capacity of the mind to be aware of its own states; consciousness; reflection. "This source of ideas every man has wholly in himself, and though it be not sense, as having nothing to do with external objects, yet it is very like it, and might properly enough be called internal sense." . Sense capsule, one of the modified epithelial cells in or near which the fibres of the sensory nerves terminate. Synonym: Understanding, reason. Sense, Understanding, Reason. Some philosophers have given a technical signification to these terms, which may here be stated. Sense is the mind's acting in the direct cognition either of material objects or of its own mental states. In the first case it is called the outer, in the second the inner, sense. Understanding is the logical faculty, i. E, the power of apprehending under general conceptions, or the power of classifying, arranging, and making deductions. Reason is the power of apprehending those first or fundamental truths or principles which are the conditions of all real and scientific knowledge, and which control the mind in all its processes of investigation and deduction. These distinctions are given, not as established, but simply because they often occur in writers of the present day. Origin: L. Sensus, from sentire, sensum, to perceive, to feel, from the same root as E. Send; cf. OHG. Sin sense, mind, sinnan to go, to journey, G. Sinnen to meditate, to think: cf. F. Sens. For the change of meaning cf. See, See Send, and cf. Assent, Consent, Scent, Sentence, Sentient. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Sense

sense (current term)
sense amplifier
sense amplifiers
sense datum
sense experience
sense impression
sense modality
sense of balance
sense of craft
sense of direction
sense of duty
sense of equilibrium
sense of hearing
sense of humor
sense of humour

Literary usage of Sense

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Socialism: An Examination of Its Nature, Its Strength and Its Weakness, with by Richard Theodore Ely (1894)
"Socialism in this large sense frequently has reference, in a general way, ... Socialism in this more general sense implies the rejection of the doctrine of ..."

2. The English Works of Thomas Hobbes of Malmesbury by Thomas ( Hobbes (1839)
"Singly, they are every sense. one a representation or appear~ance,of some quality ... The original of them all, is that which we call sense, for there is no ..."

3. The Federalist, on the New Constitution by Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, John Jay (1857)
"concession, that " the legislature is free to perform its duties according " to its own sense of them." He must show that the legislature is, ..."

4. The Nicomachean Ethics of Aristotle by Aristotle, Frank Hesketh Peters (1886)
"not to knowing in the full sense, but to repeating words as a drunken man ... the strict sense, nor is it such knowledge that is perverted by his passion, ..."

5. The Nicomachean Ethics of Aristotle by Aristotle, Frank Hesketh Peters (1881)
"Since, then, it is the reason that in the truest sense is the man, ... consists in the exercise of the other kind of virtue is happy in a secondary sense; ..."

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