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
  1. noun
    an unelaborated elementary awareness of stimulation
    “a sensation of touch”
    synonyms: 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
  2. noun
    the faculty through which the external world is apprehended
    synonyms: 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
  3. noun
    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
  4. noun
    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
  5. noun
    someone who is dazzlingly skilled in any field
    synonyms: ace, adept, champion, genius, hotshot, maven, mavin, star, superstar, virtuoso, whiz, whizz, wiz, wizard
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    track star
    a star runner
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    expert, pundit
    a person with special knowledge or ability who performs skillfully
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