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noun (n)

  • a general conscious awareness (noun.cognition)
    A sense of security.
    A sense of happiness.
    A sense of danger.
    A sense of self.
    source: wordnet30
  • the meaning of a word or expression; the way in which a word or expression or situation can be interpreted (noun.communication)
    Synonym: signified
    The dictionary gave several senses for the word.
    In the best sense charity is really a duty.
    source: wordnet30
  • the faculty through which the external world is apprehended (noun.cognition)
    In the dark he had to depend on touch and on his senses of smell and hearing.
    source: wordnet30
  • sound practical judgment (noun.cognition)
    Common sense is not so common.
    He hasn't got the sense God gave little green apples.
    Fortunately she had the good sense to run away.
    source: wordnet30
  • a natural appreciation or ability (noun.cognition)
    A keen musical sense.
    A good sense of timing.
    source: wordnet30
  • 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. (noun)
    source: webster1913

verb (v)

  • perceive by a physical sensation, e.g., coming from the skin or muscles (verb.perception)
    Synonym: feel
    source: wordnet30
  • detect some circumstance or entity automatically (verb.perception)
    This robot can sense the presence of people in the room.
    Particle detectors sense ionization.
    source: wordnet30
  • become aware of not through the senses but instinctively (verb.cognition)
    Synonym: smell, smell out
    I sense his hostility.
    source: wordnet30
  • comprehend (verb.cognition)
    Synonym: make out, touch
    I sensed the real meaning of his letter.
    source: wordnet30
  • To perceive by the senses; to recognize. (verb)
    source: webster1913

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