A sensation is a type of feeling, picked up by one of the five senses. Peppercorns will give you the sensation of a million tiny pinpricks on your tongue.

A sensation is something from your senses. If you lose sensation in your feet, they are numb and it's time for you to get up and move around to restore blood flow. You can call something a sensation if it is wonderful and astonishing. Your parents will tell you that you were a sensation in the school play. Everyone will want to go see the special-effects movie that critics are calling a worldwide sensation.

Definitions of sensation

n an unelaborated elementary awareness of stimulation

“a sensation of touch”
aesthesis, esthesis, sense datum, sense experience, sense impression
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limen, threshold
the smallest detectable sensation
the blocking of one sensation resulting from the presence of another sensation
vision, visual sensation
the perceptual experience of seeing
odor, odour, olfactory perception, olfactory sensation, smell
the sensation that results when olfactory receptors in the nose are stimulated by particular chemicals in gaseous form
gustatory perception, gustatory sensation, taste, taste perception, taste sensation
the sensation that results when taste buds in the tongue and throat convey information about the chemical composition of a soluble stimulus
auditory sensation, sound
the subjective sensation of hearing something
synaesthesia, synesthesia
a sensation that normally occurs in one sense modality occurs when another modality is stimulated
absolute threshold
the lowest level of stimulation that a person can detect
difference limen, difference threshold, differential limen, differential threshold
the smallest change in stimulation that a person can detect
an odor left in passing by which a person or animal can be traced
aroma, fragrance, perfume, scent
a distinctive odor that is pleasant
fetor, foetor, malodor, malodour, mephitis, reek, stench, stink
a distinctive odor that is offensively unpleasant
flavor, flavour, nip, relish, sapidity, savor, savour, smack, tang
the taste experience when a savoury condiment is taken into the mouth
sugariness, sweet, sweetness
the taste experience when sugar dissolves in the mouth
sour, sourness, tartness
the taste experience when vinegar or lemon juice is taken into the mouth
bitter, bitterness
the taste experience when quinine or coffee is taken into the mouth
having an acrid smell
salinity, salt, saltiness
the taste experience when common salt is taken into the mouth
astringence, astringency
a sharp astringent taste; the taste experience when a substance causes the mouth to pucker
(wine tasting) the taste of a wine on the back of the tongue (as it is swallowed)
a deficiency in flavor
a taste (especially of fruit) that is ripe and of full flavor
euphony, music
any agreeable (pleasing and harmonious) sounds
(music) the sounds produced by singers or musical instruments (or reproductions of such sounds)
pure tone, tone
a steady sound without overtones
dissonance, noise, racket
the auditory experience of sound that lacks musical quality; sound that is a disagreeable auditory experience
the new sounds added by dubbing
chromaesthesia, chromesthesia
a form of synesthesia in which nonvisual stimulation results in the experience of color sensations
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the process of perceiving

n the faculty through which the external world is apprehended

sense, sensory faculty, sentience, sentiency
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modality, sense modality, sensory system
a particular sense
sensibility, sensitiveness, sensitivity
(physiology) responsiveness to external stimuli; the faculty of sensation
a sensitivity that is keen and highly developed
extreme sensitivity
reactivity, responsiveness
responsive to stimulation
sensitivity to stimuli originating outside of the body
sensitivity to stimuli originating inside of the body
photosensitivity, radiosensitivity
sensitivity to the action of radiant energy
sight, vision, visual modality, visual sense
the ability to see; the visual faculty
any of the sensory systems that mediate sensations of pressure and tickle and warmth and cold and vibration and limb position and limb movement and pain
audition, auditory modality, auditory sense, hearing, sense of hearing
the ability to hear; the auditory faculty
gustation, gustatory modality, sense of taste, taste
the faculty of distinguishing sweet, sour, bitter, and salty properties in the mouth
olfaction, olfactory modality, sense of smell, smell
the faculty that enables us to distinguish scents
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faculty, mental faculty, module
one of the inherent cognitive or perceptual powers of the mind

n a general feeling of excitement and heightened interest

“anticipation produced in me a sensation somewhere between hope and fear”
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emotional agitation and excitement

n a state of widespread public excitement and interest

“the news caused a sensation
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excitation, excitement, fervor, fervour, inflammation
the state of being emotionally aroused and worked up

n someone who is dazzlingly skilled in any field

ace, adept, champion, genius, hotshot, maven, mavin, star, superstar, virtuoso, whiz, whizz, wiz, wizard
track star
a star runner
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a person with special knowledge or ability who performs skillfully

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