|a calculus or concretion found in the stomach or intestines of certain animals, esp. ruminants, formerly reputed to be an effective remedy for poison.|
|a screen or mat covered with a dark material for shielding a camera lens from excess light or glare.|
|1.||a. alert and awake; not sleeping or comatose|
|b. aware of one's surroundings, one's own thoughts and motivations, etc|
|2.||a. aware of and giving value or emphasis to a particular fact or phenomenon: I am conscious of your great kindness to me|
|b. (in combination): clothes-conscious|
|3.||done with full awareness; deliberate: a conscious effort; conscious rudeness|
|4.||a. denoting or relating to a part of the human mind that is aware of a person's self, environment, and mental activity and that to a certain extent determines his choices of action|
|b. (as noun): the conscious is only a small part of the mind|
|[C17: from Latin conscius sharing knowledge, from com- with + scīre to know]|
consciousness con·scious·ness (kŏn'shəs-nĭs)
The state or condition of being conscious.
A sense of one's personal or collective identity, especially the complex of attitudes, beliefs, and sensitivities held by or considered characteristic of an individual or a group.
In psychoanalysis, the conscious.