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Definitions of sense

  1. sound practical judgment; " I can't see the sense in doing it now"; " he hasn't got the sense God gave little green apples"; " fortunately shw had the sense to run away"
  2. good judgment
  3. the faculty through which the external world is apprehended; " in the dark he had to depend on touch and on his senses of smell and hearing"
  4. detect some circumstance or entity automatically, as of a machine or instrument; " This robot can sense the presence of people in the room"; " particle detectors sense ionization"
  5. a general conscious awareness; " a sense of security"; " a sense of happiness"; " a sense of danger"; " a sense of self"
  6. a natural appreciation or ability; " a keen musical sense"; " a good sense of timing"
  7. the meaning of a word or expression; the way in which a word or expression or situation can be interpreted; " the dictionary gave several senses for the word"; " in the best sense charity is really a duty"; " the signifier is linked to the signified"
  8. comprehend; " I sensed the real meaning of his letter"
  9. become aware of not through the senses but instinctively; " I sense his hostility"
  10. perceive by a physical sensation, e. g., coming from the skin or muscles; " He felt the wind"; " She felt an object brushing her arm"; " He felt his flesh crawl"; " She felt the heat when she got out of the car"
  11. sound practical judgment; " I can't see the sense in doing it now"; " he hasn't got the sense God gave little green apples"; " fortunately she had the good sense to run away"
  12. detect some circumstance or entity automatically; " This robot can sense the presence of people in the room"; " particle detectors sense ionization"
  13. A faculty, possessed by animals, of perceiving external objects by means of impressions made upon certain organs ( sensory or sense organs) of the body, or of perceiving changes in the condition of the body; as, the senses of sight, smell, hearing, taste, and touch. See Muscular sense, under Muscular, and Temperature sense, under Temperature.
  14. Perception by the sensory organs of the body; sensation; sensibility; feeling.
  15. Perception through the intellect; apprehension; recognition; understanding; discernment; appreciation.
  16. Sound perception and reasoning; correct judgment; good mental capacity; understanding; also, that which is sound, true, or reasonable; rational meaning.
  17. That which is felt or is held as a sentiment, view, or opinion; judgment; notion; opinion.
  18. Meaning; import; signification; as, the true sense of words or phrases; the sense of a remark.
  19. Moral perception or appreciation.
  20. One of two opposite directions in which a line, surface, or volume, may be supposed to be described by the motion of a point, line, or surface.
  21. To perceive by the senses; to recognize.
  22. The power by which objects are seen or felt through certain bodily organs; also, the power to see or feel through one special organ; as, the sense of sight, of smell, etc.; mental perception or feeling; as, her sense of propriety; good mental ability; correct judgment; meaning; as, the sense of a remark; moral perception; as, his high sense of honor.
  23. Colloquially, to grasp the meaning of.
  24. Feeling, sensation, the faculty of perceiving any stimulus, consciousness.
  25. Thermesthesia.
  26. That which makes one aware of sensation.
  27. A faculty by which objects are perceived: perception: discernment: understanding: power or soundness of judgment: reason: opinion: conviction: import:- pl. THE SENSES, or FIVE SENSES, sight, hearing, smell, taste, and touch.
  28. Faculty by which objects are perceived; perception; judgment; reason; opinion; meaning.
  29. The faculty of sensation; feeling; realization.
  30. Any one of the five senses, sight, hearing, taste, smell, or touch.
  31. Signification; meaning.
  32. The faculty of perceiving what is external by means of impressions on an organ; sensation; perception by the senses; perception by the intellect; apprehension; discernment; sensibility; understanding; reason; conviction; moral perception; meaning.
  33. That power or faculty by which animals obtain a knowledge of external objects, by these either coming into contact with certain organs of the body, or by making impressions on them; perception by the senses; discernment; understanding; strength of natural reason; meaning or import; consciousness; the senses, are five in number- hearing, sight, smell, taste, touch.
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Usage examples for sense

  1. The sense pray, of what? – Embarrassments by Henry James
  2. Show more sense do, please. – Tess of the d'Urbervilles A Pure Woman by Thomas Hardy
  3. I might also be a Buhaist in a certain sense – The Book of Khalid by Ameen Rihani
  4. In a sense I am glad. – His Unknown Wife by Louis Tracy
  5. I can't make no sense of it. – The Firm of Girdlestone by Arthur Conan Doyle
  6. But I don't want to grow old in any sense – Austin and His Friends by Frederic H. Balfour
  7. " That's sense any way," said one of the men. – The Cattle-Baron's Daughter by Harold Bindloss
  8. Not afraid in one sense of the word. –  by
  9. Don't know why you can't talk sense Jim! – A Little Bush Maid by Mary Grant Bruce
  10. I've 'ad my say, he continued, an' now I'll talk sense – Jonah by Louis Stone
  11. In a certain sense yes. – Paul and the Printing Press by Sara Ware Bassett
  12. You ain't got sense I think. – The Huntress by Hulbert Footner
  13. Cosmo, I wad hae thoucht ye had mair sense – Warlock o' Glenwarlock by George MacDonald
  14. But I am getting back to my better sense – Blind Love by Wilkie Collins
  15. In every other sense he was a great man. – Annals of a Quiet Neighbourhood by George MacDonald
  16. Some of 'em have a lot of sense left. – The Power and the Glory by Grace MacGowan Cooke
  17. We may not be able to do more than sense it. – If You Don't Write Fiction by Charles Phelps Cushing
  18. In a sense you have forgotten him, then? – The Man Who Rose Again by Joseph Hocking
  19. It doesn't seem to make much sense – Triplanetary by Edward Elmer Smith
  20. I'm sorry, Robert, you have not quite so much sense as I thought you had. – Barbara Ladd by Charles G. D. Roberts
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