1. [ noun ] (psychology) a general conscious awareness

"a sense of security" "a sense of happiness" "a sense of danger" "a sense of self"

Related terms: awareness sense_of_responsibility sense_of_direction
2. [ verb ] perceive by a physical sensation, e.g., coming from the skin or muscles
Synonyms: feel

"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"

Related terms: perceive feel detector tactile_property sensing
3. [ noun ] (linguistics) the meaning of a word or expression; the way in which a word or expression or situation can be interpreted
Synonyms: signified

"the dictionary gave several senses for the word" "in the best sense charity is really a duty" "the signifier is linked to the signified"

Related terms: meaning word_meaning
4. [ noun ] the faculty through which the external world is apprehended
Synonyms: sentience sentiency sensory_faculty sensation

"in the dark he had to depend on touch and on his senses of smell and hearing"

Related terms: faculty sensitivity modality feel sensitize
5. [ noun ] the idea that is intended
Synonyms: meaning substance

"What is the meaning of this proverb?"

Related terms: idea significance reference connotation undertone tenor reference mean
6. [ noun ] sound practical judgment
Synonyms: common_sense horse_sense gumption mother_wit good_sense

"I can't see the sense in doing it now" "he hasn't got the sense God gave little green apples" "fortunately she had the sense to run away"

Related terms: sagacity logic road_sense nous
7. [ noun ] (linguistics) what you must know in order to determine the reference of an expression
Synonyms: connotation intension
Related terms: meaning connote
8. [ noun ] (psychology) a natural appreciation or ability

"a keen musical sense" "a good sense of timing"

Related terms: appreciation
9. [ verb ] detect some circumstance or entity automatically

"This robot can sense the presence of people in the room" "particle detectors sense ionization"

Related terms: detect
10. [ verb ] become aware of not through the senses but instinctively

"I sense his hostility"

Related terms: perceive
11. [ verb ] comprehend

"I sensed the real meaning of his letter"

Related terms: understand common_sense
Similar spelling:   sens