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sensation

[sen-sey-shuh n] /sɛnˈseɪ ʃən/
noun
1.
the operation or function of the senses; perception or awareness of stimuli through the senses.
2.
a mental condition or physical feeling resulting from stimulation of a sense organ or from internal bodily change, as cold or pain.
3.
Physiology. the faculty of perception of stimuli.
4.
a general feeling not directly attributable to any given stimulus, as discomfort, anxiety, or doubt.
5.
a mental feeling, especially a state of excited feeling.
6.
a state of excited feeling or interest caused among a number of persons or throughout a community, as by some rumor or occurrence.
7.
a cause of such feeling or interest:
The new Brazilian movie was the sensation of the film festival.
Origin
1605-1615
1605-15; < Medieval Latin sēnsātiōn- (stem of sēnsātiō), equivalent to Late Latin sēnsāt(us) sensate + -iōn- -ion
Related forms
sensationless, adjective
nonsensation, noun
resensation, noun
subsensation, noun
Synonyms
2, 4. See sense. 6. excitement, stimulation, animation; agitation, commotion, perturbation.
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  • When you meditate you usually awaken a larger part of body than you intended with these subtle sensations.
  • As a result, heightened sensitivity and abnormal pain sensations occur in the surrounding skin.
  • Both sensations arise from a neurological transmission, not from something that physically exists.
  • It uses a second nerve network to relay everyday sensations.
  • We use pin pricks on the skin and hot or cold sensations.
  • The chair induced the same false sensations that led pilots to mistrust their turn indicators.
  • One pilot described the sensations to me on the simplest level.
  • These words will ultimately end up being the barest of reflections, devoid of the sensations words cannot convey.
  • For weeks, they have trouble managing the sensations and emotional complexities of their freedom.
  • Behind these ghostly sensations lies the secret of touch.
British Dictionary definitions for sensations

sensation

/sɛnˈseɪʃən/
noun
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
Derived Forms
sensationless, adjective
Word Origin
C17: from Medieval Latin sensātiō, from Late Latin sensātussensate
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Word Origin and History for sensations

sensation

n.

1610s, "a reaction to external stimulation of the sense organs," from French sensation (14c.) and directly from Medieval Latin sensationem (nominative sensatio), from Late Latin sensatus "endowed with sense, sensible," from Latin sensus "feeling" (see sense (n.)). 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, letter, Sept. 6, 1813]

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sensations in Medicine

sensation sen·sa·tion (sěn-sā'shən)
n.

  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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