The adjective sensory describes something relating to sensation — something that you feel with your physical senses. Sticking a knife into a toaster will give you a sensory experience, but so will smelling a rose. Stick with the rose.

Sensory comes from the Latin word sentire, meaning "to perceive, feel." Sampling your mom's blueberry pie is a sensory experience — you can smell it, you can taste it, and the crust has a really good texture. You may get sensory overload when you're in New York City because there's so much for your senses to take in. Sensory can also describe a nerve fiber, such as a sensory neuron, that carries impulses to the nerve centers in your body.

Definitions of sensory
  1. adjective
    relating to or concerned in sensation
    “the sensory cortex”
    sensory organs”
    synonyms: sensational, sensuous
  2. adjective
    involving or derived from the senses
    sensory experience”
    sensory channels”
    synonyms: sensorial
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    extrasensory, paranormal
    seemingly outside normal sensory channels
    not in accordance with scientific laws
    perceiving things beyond the natural range of the senses
    obtaining knowledge of distant events allegedly without use of normal sensory mechanisms
    communicating without apparent physical signals
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  3. adjective
    of a nerve fiber or impulse originating outside and passing toward the central nervous system
    sensory neurons”
    synonyms: centripetal, receptive
    of nerves and nerve impulses; conveying sensory information from the sense organs to the CNS
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