n.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.
2.Perception by the sensory organs of the body; sensation; sensibility; feeling.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
a - See under Moral, (a).
The inner sense
capacity of the mind to be aware of its own states; consciousness; reflection.
Sense capsule
(Anat.) one of the cartilaginous or bony cavities which inclose, more or less completely, the organs of smell, sight, and hearing.
- Locke.
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.
v. t.1.To perceive by the senses; to recognize.
[imp. & p. p. Sensed ; p. pr. & vb. n. Sensing.]
Noun1.sense - a general conscious awareness; "a sense of security"; "a sense of happiness"; "a sense of danger"; "a sense of self"
2.sense - 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"
Synonyms: signified
3.sense - 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"
4.sense - 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 she had the good sense to run away"
5.sense - a natural appreciation or ability; "a keen musical sense"; "a good sense of timing"
Verb1.sense - 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"
Synonyms: feel
2.sense - detect some circumstance or entity automatically; "This robot can sense the presence of people in the room"; "particle detectors sense ionization"
3.sense - become aware of not through the senses but instinctively; "I sense his hostility"
4.sense - comprehend; "I sensed the real meaning of his letter"
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