Word definition: sense

Defiintion of sense:

[n] sound practical judgment; "I can't see the sense in doing it now"; "he hasn't got the sense God gave little green apples"; "fortunately shw had the sense to run away"
[n] the faculty through which the external world is apprehended; "in the dark he had to depend on touch and on his senses of smell and hearing"
[n] a general conscious awareness; "a sense of security"; "a sense of happiness"; "a sense of danger"; "a sense of self"
[n] a natural appreciation or ability; "a keen musical sense"; "a good sense of timing"
[n] the meaning of a word or expression; the way in which a word or expression or situation can be interpreted; "the dictionary gave several senses for the word"; "in the best sense charity is really a duty"; "the signifier is linked to the signified"
[v] comprehend; "I sensed the real meaning of his letter"
[v] become aware of not through the senses but instinctively; "I sense his hostility"
[v] perceive by a physical sensation, e.g., coming from the skin or muscles; "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"
[v] detect some circumstance or entity automatically, as of a machine or instrument; "This robot can sense the presence of people in the room"; "particle detectors sense ionization"

Synonyms of sense:

common sense, feel, good sense, gumption, horse sense, mother wit, sensation, sensory faculty, sentience, sentiency, signified

Antonyms of sense:


See Also:

acceptation, appreciation, awareness, cognisance, cognizance, comprehend, consciousness, detect, discernment, discover, faculty, find, grasp, hold, import, judgement, judgment, knowingness, logic, meaning, mental faculty, modality, module, notice, nous, observe, perceive, perceive, road sense, sagaciousness, sagacity, sense modality, sense of direction, sense of responsibility, sensibility, sensitiveness, sensitivity, sensory system, significance, signification, understand, word meaning, word sense

Webster Dictionary (1913) for sense:

\Sense\, n. [L. sensus, from sentire, sensum, to perceive,
to feel, from the same root as E. send; cf. OHG. sin sense,
mind, sinnan to go, to journey, G. sinnen to meditate, to
think: cf. F. sens. For the change of meaning cf. {See}, v.
t. See {Send}, and cf. {Assent}, {Consent}, {Scent}, v. t.,
{Sentence}, {Sentient}.]
1. (Physiol.) 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}.

         Let fancy still my sense in Lethe steep. --Shak.

         What surmounts the reach Of human sense I shall
         delineate.                            --Milton.

         The traitor Sense recalls The soaring soul from
         rest.                                 --Keble.

2. Perception by the sensory organs of the body; sensation;
   sensibility; feeling.

         In a living creature, though never so great, the
         sense and the affects of any one part of the body
         instantly make a transcursion through the whole.
                                               --Bacon.

3. Perception through the intellect; apprehension;
   recognition; understanding; discernment; appreciation.

         This Basilius, having the quick sense of a lover.
                                               --Sir P.
                                               Sidney.

         High disdain from sense of injured merit. --Milton.

4. Sound perception and reasoning; correct judgment; good
   mental capacity; understanding; also, that which is sound,
   true, or reasonable; rational meaning. ``He speaks
   sense.'' --Shak.

         He raves; his words are loose As heaps of sand, and
         scattering wide from sense.           --Dryden.

5. That which is felt or is held as a sentiment, view, or
   opinion; judgment; notion; opinion.

         I speak my private but impartial sense With freedom.
                                               --Roscommon.

         The municipal council of the city had ceased to
         speak the sense of the citizens.      --Macaulay.

6. Meaning; import; signification; as, the true sense of
   words or phrases; the sense of a remark.

         So they read in the book in the law of God
         distinctly, and gave the sense.       --Neh. viii.
                                               8.

         I think 't was in another sense.      --Shak.

7. Moral perception or appreciation.

         Some are so hardened in wickedness as to have no
         sense of the most friendly offices.   --L' Estrange.

8. (Geom.) One of two opposite directions in which a line,
   surface, or volume, may be supposed to be described by the
   motion of a point, line, or surface.

{Common sense}, according to Sir W. Hamilton:
   (a) ``The complement of those cognitions or convictions
       which we receive from nature, which all men possess in
       common, and by which they test the truth of knowledge
       and the morality of actions.''
   (b) ``The faculty of first principles.'' These two are the
       philosophical significations.
   (c) ``Such ordinary complement of intelligence, that,if a
       person be deficient therein, he is accounted mad or
       foolish.''
   (d) When the substantive is emphasized: ``Native practical
       intelligence, natural prudence, mother wit, tact in
       behavior, acuteness in the observation of character,
       in contrast to habits of acquired learning or of
       speculation.''

{Moral sense}. See under {Moral},
   (a) .

{The inner}, or {internal}, {sense}, capacity of the mind to
   be aware of its own states; consciousness; reflection.
   ``This source of ideas every man has wholly in himself,
   and though it be not sense, as having nothing to do with
   external objects, yet it is very like it, and might
   properly enough be called internal sense.'' --Locke.

{Sense capsule} (Anat.), one of the cartilaginous or bony
   cavities which inclose, more or less completely, the
   organs of smell, sight, and hearing.

{Sense organ} (Physiol.), a specially irritable mechanism by
   which some one natural force or form of energy is enabled
   to excite sensory nerves; as the eye, ear, an end bulb or
   tactile corpuscle, etc.

{Sense organule} (Anat.), one of the modified epithelial
   cells in or near which the fibers of the sensory nerves
   terminate.

Syn: Understanding; reason.

Usage: {Sense}, {Understanding}, {Reason}. Some philosophers
       have given a technical signification to these terms,
       which may here be stated. Sense is the mind's acting
       in the direct cognition either of material objects or
       of its own mental states. In the first case it is
       called the outer, in the second the inner, sense.
       Understanding is the logical faculty, i. e., the power
       of apprehending under general conceptions, or the
       power of classifying, arranging, and making
       deductions. Reason is the power of apprehending those
       first or fundamental truths or principles which are
       the conditions of all real and scientific knowledge,
       and which control the mind in all its processes of
       investigation and deduction. These distinctions are
       given, not as established, but simply because they
       often occur in writers of the present day.

\Sense\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Sensed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Sensing}.] To perceive by the senses; to recognize. [Obs. or Colloq.] Is he sure that objects are not otherwise sensed by others than they are by him? --Glanvill.