sense

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See also: Sense and sensé

English[edit]

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From Middle English sense, borrowed from Old French sens, sen, san (sense, reason, direction); partly from Latin sensus (sensation, feeling, meaning), from sentiō (feel, perceive); partly of Germanic origin (whence also Occitan sen, Italian senno), from Vulgar Latin *sennus (sense, reason, way), from Frankish *sinn (reason, judgement, mental faculty, way, direction). Both Latin and Germanic from Proto-Indo-European *sent- (to feel).

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sense (countable and uncountable, plural senses)

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  1. Any of the manners by which living beings perceive the physical world: for humans sight, smell, hearing, touch, taste.
  2. Perception through the intellect; apprehension; awareness.
    a sense of security
    • (Can we date this quote by Sir Philip Sidney and provide title, author's full name, and other details?)
      this Basilius, having the quick sense of a lover
    • 1667, John Milton, “Book I”, in Paradise Lost. A Poem Written in Ten Books, London: Printed [by Samuel Simmons], and are to be sold by Peter Parker [] [a]nd by Robert Boulter [] [a]nd Matthias Walker, [], OCLC 228722708; republished as Paradise Lost in Ten Books: The Text Exactly Reproduced from the First Edition of 1667: [], London: Basil Montagu Pickering [], 1873, OCLC 230729554:
      high disdain from sense of injured merit
  3. Sound practical or moral judgment.
    It's common sense not to put metal objects in a microwave oven.
    • (Can we date this quote by L'Estrange and provide title, author's full name, and other details?)
      Some are so hardened in wickedness as to have no sense of the most friendly offices.
  4. The meaning, reason, or value of something.
    You don’t make any sense.
    the true sense of words or phrases
  5. A natural appreciation or ability.
    A keen musical sense
  6. (pragmatics) The way that a referent is presented.
  7. (semantics) A single conventional use of a word; one of the entries for a word in a dictionary.
    The definition of sense in this context, is given in sense 7 of its definition.
  8. (mathematics) One of two opposite directions in which a vector (especially of motion) may point. See also polarity.
  9. (mathematics) One of two opposite directions of rotation, clockwise versus anti-clockwise.
  10. (biochemistry) referring to the strand of a nucleic acid that directly specifies the product.

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  • See also Thesaurus:sense
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    • Afrikaans: sense

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    sense (third-person singular simple present senses, present participle sensing, simple past and past participle sensed)

    1. To use biological senses: to either smell, watch, taste, hear or feel.
    2. To instinctively be aware.
      She immediately sensed her disdain.
    3. To comprehend.

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    Afrikaans[edit]

    Etymology 1[edit]

    Borrowed from English sense.

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    sense (uncountable)

    1. sense, good sense

    Etymology 2[edit]

    Noun[edit]

    sense

    1. plural of sens

    Catalan[edit]

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    Ultimately from Latin sine, possibly conflated with absentia, or more likely from sens, itself from Old Catalan sen (with an adverbial -s-), from Latin sine. Compare French sans, Occitan sens, Italian senza.

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    sense

    1. without
      Antonym: amb

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    Chuukese[edit]

    Etymology[edit]

    Borrowed from Japanese 先生 (sensei).

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    sense

    1. teacher

    Latin[edit]

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    sēnse

    1. vocative masculine singular of sēnsus