Definitions of perception

  1. the representation of what is perceived; basic component in the formation of a concept
  2. becoming aware of something via the senses
  3. the process of perceiving
  4. knowledge gained by perceiving; " a man admired for the depth of his perception"
  5. a way of conceiving something; " Luther had a new perception of the Bible"
  6. The act of perceiving; cognizance by the senses or intellect; apperhension by the bodily organs, or by the mind, of what is presented to them; discernment; apperhension; cognition.
  7. The faculty of perceiving; the faculty, or peculiar part, of man's constitution by which he has knowledge through the medium or instrumentality of the bodily organs; the act of apperhending material objects or qualities through the senses; -- distinguished from conception.
  8. The quality, state, or capability, of being affected by something external; sensation; sensibility.
  9. An idea; a notion.
  10. The process by which the nature and meaning of sensory stimuli are recognized and interpreted.
  11. Perceptibility.
  12. The act or state of receiving, or ability to receive, knowledge of outside things by means of the senses; idea, or notion.
  13. The mental process by which the nature of an object is recognized through the association of a memory of its other qualities with the special sense, sight, taste, etc. bringing it at the time to consciousness.
  14. Observation.
  15. Act of perceiving: discernment: ( phil.) the faculty of perceiving: the evidence of external objects by our senses.
  16. Act or power of perceiving; discernment.
  17. The act or power of perceiving; that which is perceived; cognition; apprehension.
  18. The act or faculty of perceiving, specially through the bodily senses.
  19. The power, act, or state of receiving a knowledge of external things by impressions on the senses; idea; notion; conception.

Usage examples for perception

  1. Ev'leen Ann, with her usual clear perception of the superfluous in conversation, vouchsafed no opinion on a matter where she had no information, but went downstairs and brought back the note. – Hillsboro People by Dorothy Canfield
  2. Then in her case there was special danger of a flash religion, taken up for the minute's sense of need or perception of advantage merely, and not rooted so that it would stand weather. – A Letter of Credit by Susan Warner
  3. It is better to put into the coldest terms a conception which has too often hitherto proved futile, because it arose rather from vague discontent, than from the perception of a definite evil. – The Unity of Civilization by Various
  4. He early became acquainted with the accomplished Glareanus and thanked him especially for his perception of every beautiful and noble tendency in life, and for an introduction to Zwingli, who once came from Glarus to Basel on a visit. – The Life and Times of Ulric Zwingli by Johann Hottinger
  5. His bitter perception of it, his hidden consciousness that he had probably but a short time, a couple of years at most, to live, only increased his satisfaction in the " No"- the contemptuous and final " No!" – The Mating of Lydia by Mrs. Humphry Ward
  6. He sat upright, his whole body rigid, each detail of the significant picture stamping itself upon his quivering perception. – The Long Lane's Turning by Hallie Erminie Rives
  7. She was startled at the sudden sight of the stranger, and somewhat terrified at the first perception of her position. – Crotchet-Castle by Peacock, Thomas Love
  8. But in after days he shared those feelings with his father, bringing to his regretful bosom a soothing perception of the likeness. – Thaddeus of Warsaw by Jane Porter
  9. When they left the mill she asked Annie to come home to tea with her, saying, as if from a perception of her dislike for the young fellow, that Jack was going to Boston. – Annie Kilburn A Novel by W. D. Howells
  10. For her age she was rather too vain of her superior perception, and it struck me as becoming that a younger sister should look up to her brother. – Lorimer of the Northwest by Harold Bindloss
  11. Or rather say a manly lack of perception in your case. – The Allen House or Twenty Years Ago and Now by T. S. Arthur
  12. But she had not been previously moved towards it; that is the great difference between perception and acquired knowledge, and why so frequently the art of literature is mistaken for perception. – Mrs. Shelley by Lucy M. Rossetti
  13. And it was a pointed perception. – One of Our Conquerors, v2 by George Meredith Edition: 10 Language: English
  14. It is a most difficult thing to do; most difficult to believe that my highest happiness consists in my perception of whatever is beautiful. – The Autobiography of Mark Rutherford by Mark Rutherford
  15. The observer in this case was colour- blind to the red, that is, he had no perception of red objects as red, but only distinguished them by the other colours which were mixed with the red. – Colour Measurement and Mixture by W. de W. Abney
  16. The " common sense" is stirred by means of the perception which is placed between it and the senses. – Thoughts on Art and Life by Leonardo da Vinci
  17. He spoke well, was a shrewd judge of men, had a keen sense of humour, a clear perception of facts, and was quick to detect and discard everything irrelevant. – Fifty Years of Railway Life in England, Scotland and Ireland by Joseph Tatlow
  18. I remember how when one of these visitors, wound up, in honour of New York, to the very fever of perception, broke out one evening while we waited for the curtain to rise, Oh don't you hear the cries? – A Small Boy and Others by Henry James
  19. It was to such a man that fickle, wayward Esther gave her heart, only to find that, slow of perception and indifferent to her charm, Honest Jack did not return her love. – The Letter-Bag of Lady Elizabeth Spencer-Stanhope v. I. by A. M. W. Stirling (compiler)
  20. I felt no disgust then at my own want of all true perception. – Countess Erika's Apprenticeship by Ossip Schubin