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See also: Sensation
From Old French, from Medieval Latin sensatio, from Latin sensus.
sensation (countable and uncountable, plural sensations)
- A physical feeling or perception from something that comes into contact with the body; something sensed.
- 1910, Emerson Hough, chapter I, in The Purchase Price: Or The Cause of Compromise, Indianapolis, Ind.: The Bobbs-Merrill Company, →OCLC:
- Captain Edward Carlisle, soldier as he was, martinet as he was, felt a curious sensation of helplessness seize upon him as he met her steady gaze, her alluring smile; he could not tell what this prisoner might do.
- 1921, Bertrand Russell, The Analysis of Mind:
- Confining ourselves, for the moment, to sensations, we find that there are different degrees of publicity attaching to different sorts of sensations. If you feel a toothache when the other people in the room do not, you are in no way surprised; but if you hear a clap of thunder when they do not, you begin to be alarmed as to your mental condition.
- A widespread reaction of interest or excitement.
- 1905, Baroness Emmuska Orczy, chapter 2, in The Tremarn Case:
- “Two or three months more went by; the public were eagerly awaiting the arrival of this semi-exotic claimant to an English peerage, and sensations, surpassing those of the Tichbourne case, were looked forward to with palpitating interest. […] ”
- 1937, H. P. Lovecraft, The Thing on the Doorstep:
- Young Derby's odd genius developed remarkably, and in his eighteenth year his collected nightmare-lyrics made a real sensation when issued under the title Azathoth and Other Horrors.
- (figurative, uncommon, dated) A remarkable person.
- You truly are a sensation.
- Synonym: event
- (slang, archaic) A small serving of gin or sherry.
- 1852, George Butler Earp, Gold Seeker's Manual, page 52:
- A Sensation . . . . Half-a-glass of sherry.
- 1869, Meliora, volume 12, page 47:
- When men go into a 'sluicery' for a 'sensation,' a 'drain,' or a 'common sewer,' they call the glass of gin they seek, in allusion to the juniper, a 'nipper,' or, more briefly, a 'nip,' occasionally a 'bite,' and not unfrequently it turns out a 'flogger.'
- (small serving of gin): 1873, John Camden Hotten, The Slang Dictionary
- “sensation”, in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, Springfield, Mass.: G. & C. Merriam, 1913, →OCLC.
- “sensation”, in The Century Dictionary […], New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911, →OCLC.
- sensation at OneLook Dictionary Search
Inherited from Medieval Latin sensationem, accusative of sensatio, from Latin sēnsus.
sensation f (plural sensations)
- “sensation”, in Trésor de la langue française informatisé [Digitized Treasury of the French Language], 2012.
- a sensation ((something causing) widespread excitement)
- a sensation (perception)
- Synonym: sinnesintryck
|Declension of sensation|
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