|1.||any of the faculties by which the mind receives information about the external world or about the state of the body. In addition to the five traditional faculties of sight, hearing, touch, taste, and smell, the term includes the means by which bodily position, temperature, pain, balance, etc, are perceived|
|2.||such faculties collectively; the ability to perceive|
|3.||a feeling perceived through one of the senses: a sense of warmth|
|4.||a mental perception or awareness: a sense of happiness|
|5.||moral discernment; understanding: a sense of right and wrong|
|6.||(sometimes plural) sound practical judgment or intelligence: he is a man without any sense|
|7.||reason or purpose: what is the sense of going out in the rain?|
|8.||substance or gist; meaning: what is the sense of this proverb?|
|9.||specific meaning; definition: in what sense are you using the word?|
|10.||an opinion or consensus|
|11.||maths one of two opposite directions measured on a directed line; the sign as contrasted with the magnitude of a vector|
|a. the import of an expression as contrasted with its referent. Thus the morning star and the evening star have the same reference, Venus, but different senses|
|b. the property of an expression by virtue of which its referent is determined|
|c. that which one grasps in understanding an expression|
|13.||make sense to be reasonable or understandable|
|14.||take leave of one's senses See leave|
|15.||to perceive through one or more of the senses|
|16.||to apprehend or detect without or in advance of the evidence of the senses|
|a. to test or locate the position of (a part of computer hardware)|
|b. to read (data)|
|[C14: from Latin sēnsus, from sentīre to feel]|
"Hornkostel cites a Negro tribe that has a separate word for seeing, but employs a common term for hearing, tasting, smelling, and touching." [A.G. Engstrom, "Philological Quarterly," XXV, 1946]The verb meaning "to perceive by the senses" is recorded from 1598. Senses "mental faculties, sanity" is attested from 1568.
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.
A perception or feeling that is produced by a stimulus; sensation, as of hunger.