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Definitions of sense

  1. detect some circumstance or entity automatically; "This robot can sense the presence of people in the room"; "particle detectors sense ionization" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  2. 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. Webster Dictionary DB
  3. Perception by the sensory organs of the body; sensation; sensibility; feeling. Webster Dictionary DB
  4. Perception through the intellect; apprehension; recognition; understanding; discernment; appreciation. Webster Dictionary DB
  5. Sound perception and reasoning; correct judgment; good mental capacity; understanding; also, that which is sound, true, or reasonable; rational meaning. Webster Dictionary DB
  6. That which is felt or is held as a sentiment, view, or opinion; judgment; notion; opinion. Webster Dictionary DB
  7. Meaning; import; signification; as, the true sense of words or phrases; the sense of a remark. Webster Dictionary DB
  8. Moral perception or appreciation. Webster Dictionary DB
  9. 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. Webster Dictionary DB
  10. To perceive by the senses; to recognize. Webster Dictionary DB
  11. Colloquially, to grasp the meaning of. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  12. 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" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  13. comprehend; "I sensed the real meaning of his letter" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  14. become aware of not through the senses but instinctively; "I sense his hostility" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  15. 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" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  16. good judgment The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  17. a general conscious awareness; "a sense of security"; "a sense of happiness"; "a sense of danger"; "a sense of self" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  18. a natural appreciation or ability; "a keen musical sense"; "a good sense of timing" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  19. 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" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  20. 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. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  21. 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. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  22. Any one of the five senses, sight, hearing, taste, smell, or touch. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  23. Signification; meaning. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  24. 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. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  25. 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. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.

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
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