- A sense is defined as a way that the body perceives external stimuli, or is an awareness or feeling about something.
- Tasting, touching, seeing and hearing are all examples of a sense.
- If you have a feeling that danger is lurking, this is an example of a sense of danger.
- The definition of sense is to perceive, or be aware of something.
If you believe that someone is angry even if they haven't said so, this is an example of when you can sense their anger.
- the ability of the nerves and the brain to receive and react to stimuli, as light, sound, impact, constriction, etc.; specif., any of five faculties of receiving impressions through specific bodily organs and the nerves associated with them (sight, touch, taste, smell, and hearing)
- the senses considered as a total function of the bodily organism, as distinguished from intellect, movement, etc.
- feeling, impression, or perception through the senses: a sense of warmth, pain, etc.
- a generalized feeling, awareness, or realization: a sense of longing
- an ability to judge, discriminate, or estimate external conditions, sounds, etc.: a sense of direction, pitch, etc.
- an ability to feel, appreciate, or understand some quality: a sense of humor, honor, etc.
- ability to think or reason soundly; normal intelligence and judgment, often as reflected in behavior
- soundness of judgment or reasoning: some sense in what he says
- something wise, sound, or reasonable: to talk sense
- [pl.] normal ability to reason soundly: to come to one's senses
- meaning; esp., any of several meanings conveyed by or attributed to the same word or phrase
- essential signification; gist: to grasp the sense of a remark
- the general opinion, sentiment, or attitude of a group
- Math. either of two contrary directions that may be specified, as clockwise or counterclockwise for the circumference of a circle, positive or negative for a line segment, etc.
Origin of senseFrench sens from Classical Latin sensus from sentire, to feel, perceive: see send
transitive verbsensed, sens′ing
- to be or become aware of: to sense another's hostility
- to comprehend; understand
- to detect automatically, as by sensors
in a sense
- to a limited extent or degree
- in one aspect
make sense of
- a. Any of the faculties by which stimuli from outside or inside the body are received and felt, as the faculties of hearing, sight, smell, touch, taste, and equilibrium.b. A perception or feeling produced by a stimulus; sensation: a sense of fatigue and hunger.
- senses The faculties of sensation as means of providing physical gratification and pleasure.
- a. An intuitive or acquired perception or ability to estimate: a sense of diplomatic timing.b. A capacity to appreciate or understand: a keen sense of humor.c. A vague feeling or presentiment: a sense of impending doom.d. Recognition or perception either through the senses or through the intellect; consciousness: has no sense of shame.
- a. Natural understanding or intelligence, especially in practical matters: The boy had sense and knew just what to do when he got lost.b. often senses The normal ability to think or reason soundly: Have you taken leave of your senses?c. Something sound or reasonable: There's no sense in waiting three hours.
- a. A meaning that is conveyed, as in speech or writing; signification: The sense of the criticism is that the proposal has certain risks.b. One of the meanings of a word or phrase: The word set has many senses.
- a. Judgment; consensus: sounding out the sense of the electorate on capital punishment.b. Intellectual interpretation, as of the significance of an event or the conclusions reached by a group: I came away from the meeting with the sense that we had resolved all outstanding issues.
transitive verbsensed, sens·ing, sens·es
- To become aware of; perceive: organisms able to sense their surroundings.
- To grasp; understand: sensed that the financial situation would improve.
- To detect automatically: sense radioactivity.
Origin of senseMiddle English meaning from Old French sens from Latin sēnsus the faculty of perceiving from past participle of sentīre to feel ; see sent- in Indo-European roots.
- Any of the methods for a living being to gather data about the world; sight, smell, hearing, touch, taste.
- Let fancy still my sense in Lethe steep.
- What surmounts the reach / Of human sense I shall delineate.
- Perception through the intellect; apprehension; awareness.
- a sense of security
- Sound practical or moral judgment.
- It's common sense not to put metal objects in a microwave oven.
- Some are so hardened in wickedness as to have no sense of the most friendly offices.
- The meaning, reason, or value of something.
- You don't make any sense.
- the true sense of words or phrases
- A natural appreciation or ability.
- A keen musical sense
- (pragmatics) The way that a referent is presented.
- (semantics) A single conventional use of a word; one of the entries for a word in a dictionary.
- (mathematics) One of two opposite directions in which a vector (especially of motion) may point. See also polarity.
- (mathematics) One of two opposite directions of rotation, clockwise versus anti-clockwise.
- See also sense
(third-person singular simple present senses, present participle sensing, simple past and past participle sensed)
From Middle English sense, from Old French sens, sen, san (“sense, reason, direction"); partly from Latin sensus (“sensation, feeling, meaning"), from sentiÅ (“feel, perceive"); partly of Germanic origin (whence also Occitan sen, Italian senno), from Old Frankish *sinn (“reason, judgement, mental faculty, way, direction"), from Proto-Germanic *sinnaz (“mind, meaning"). Both Latin and Germanic from Proto-Indo-European *sent- (“to feel"). Compare French assener (“to thrust out"), forcenÃ© (“maniac"). More at send.