sensation
noun Etymology: Medieval Latin sensation-, sensatio, from Late Latin, understanding, idea, from Latin sensus Date: 1615 1. a. a mental process (as seeing, hearing, or smelling) resulting from the immediate external stimulation of a sense organ often as distinguished from a conscious awareness of the sensory process — compare perception b. awareness (as of heat or pain) due to stimulation of a sense organ c. a state of consciousness due to internal bodily changes <
a sensation of hunger
>
d. an indefinite bodily feeling <
a sensation of buoyancy
>
2. something (as a physical stimulus, sense-datum, or afterimage) that causes or is the object of sensation 3. a. a state of excited interest or feeling <
their elopement caused a sensation
>
b. a cause of such excitement <
the show was the musical sensation of the season
>
; especially one (as a person) in some respect exceptional or outstanding <
the rookie hitting sensation of the American League
>

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

Synonyms:
(without perception or a reference to any object that causes the feeling), , / ,


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