the operation or function of the senses; perception or awareness of stimuli through the senses.
a mental condition or physical feeling resulting from stimulation of a sense organ or from internal bodily change, as cold or pain.
Physiology. the faculty of perception of stimuli.
a general feeling not directly attributable to any given stimulus, as discomfort, anxiety, or doubt.
a mental feeling, especially a state of excited feeling.
a state of excited feeling or interest caused among a number of persons or throughout a community, as by some rumor or occurrence.
a cause of such feeling or interest: The new Brazilian movie was the sensation of the film festival.

1605–15; < Medieval Latin sēnsātiōn- (stem of sēnsātiō), equivalent to Late Latin sēnsāt(us) sensate + -iōn- -ion

sensationless, adjective
nonsensation, noun
resensation, noun
subsensation, noun

2, 4. See sense. 6. excitement, stimulation, animation; agitation, commotion, perturbation. Unabridged
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sensation (sɛnˈseɪʃən)
1.  the power of perceiving through the senses
2.  a physical condition or experience resulting from the stimulation of one of the sense organs: a sensation of warmth
3.  a general feeling or awareness: a sensation of fear
4.  a state of widespread public excitement: his announcement caused a sensation
5.  anything that causes such a state: your speech was a sensation
[C17: from Medieval Latin sensātiō, from Late Latin sensātussensate]

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1615, "a reaction to external stimulation of the sense organs," from M.L. sensationem (nom. sensatio), from L.L. sensatus "endowed with sense, sensible," from L. sensus "feeling" (see sense). Meaning "state of shock, surprise, in a community" first recorded 1779.
"The great object of life is sensation -- to feel that we exist, even though in pain. It is this 'craving void' which drives us to gaming -- to battle, to travel -- to intemperate, but keenly felt, pursuits of any description, whose principal attraction is the agitation inseparable from their accomplishment." [Lord Byron]
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sensation sen·sa·tion (sěn-sā'shən)

  1. A perception associated with stimulation of a sense organ or with a specific body condition.

  2. The faculty to feel or perceive; physical sensibility.

  3. An indefinite, generalized body feeling.

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