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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. 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"
  4. a general conscious awareness; " a sense of security"; " a sense of happiness"; " a sense of danger"; " a sense of self"
  5. a natural appreciation or ability; " a keen musical sense"; " a good sense of timing"
  6. 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"
  7. comprehend; " I sensed the real meaning of his letter"
  8. become aware of not through the senses but instinctively; " I sense his hostility"
  9. 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"
  10. 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"
  11. detect some circumstance or entity automatically; " This robot can sense the presence of people in the room"; " particle detectors sense ionization"
  12. 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.
  13. Perception by the sensory organs of the body; sensation; sensibility; feeling.
  14. Perception through the intellect; apprehension; recognition; understanding; discernment; appreciation.
  15. Sound perception and reasoning; correct judgment; good mental capacity; understanding; also, that which is sound, true, or reasonable; rational meaning.
  16. That which is felt or is held as a sentiment, view, or opinion; judgment; notion; opinion.
  17. Meaning; import; signification; as, the true sense of words or phrases; the sense of a remark.
  18. Moral perception or appreciation.
  19. 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.
  20. To perceive by the senses; to recognize.
  21. 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.
  22. Colloquially, to grasp the meaning of.
  23. 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.
  24. Any one of the five senses, sight, hearing, taste, smell, or touch.
  25. Signification; meaning.
  26. 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.
  27. 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.

Usage examples for sense

  1. It doesn't seem to make much sense. – Triplanetary by Edward Elmer Smith
  2. We may not be able to do more than sense it. – If You Don't Write Fiction by Charles Phelps Cushing
  3. I've 'ad my say, he continued, an' now I'll talk sense. – Jonah by Louis Stone
  4. In a sense, you have forgotten him, then? – The Man Who Rose Again by Joseph Hocking
  5. You ain't got sense, I think. – The Huntress by Hulbert Footner
  6. In every other sense he was a great man. – Annals of a Quiet Neighbourhood by George MacDonald
  7. In a sense, I am glad. – His Unknown Wife by Louis Tracy
  8. Some of 'em have a lot of sense left. – The Power and the Glory by Grace MacGowan Cooke
  9. 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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