sense [sense senses sensed sensing] noun, verb BrE [sens]
NAmE [sens]
1. countable one of the five powers (sight, hearing, smell, taste and touch) that your body uses to get information about the world around you
the five senses
Dogs have a keen (= strong) . sense of smell.
the sense organs (= eyes, ears, nose, etc.)
I could hardly believe the evidence of my own senses (= what I could see, hear, etc.).
The mixture of sights, smells and sounds around her made her senses reel.
see also sixth sense  
2. countable a feeling about sth important
He felt an overwhelming sense of loss.
a strong sense of purpose/identity/duty, etc.
Helmets can give cyclists a false sense of security.
I had the sense that he was worried about something.  
3. singular an understanding about sth; an ability to judge sth
One of the most important things in a partner is a sense of humour (= the ability to find things funny or make people laugh).
He has a very good sense of direction (= finds the way to a place easily).
She has lost all sense of direction in her life.
Always try to keep a sense of proportion (= of the relative importance of different things).
a sense of rhythm/timing
Alex doesn't have any dress sense (= does not know which clothes look attractive).
see also road sense
4. uncountable good understanding and judgement; knowledge of what is sensible or practical behaviour
You should have the sense to take advice when it is offered.
There's no sense in (= it is not sensible) worrying about it now.
Can't you talk sense (= say sth sensible).
There's a lot of sense in what Mary says.
see also common sense, good sense  
5. senses plural a normal state of mind; the ability to think clearly
If she threatens to leave, it should bring him to his senses.
He waited for Dora to come to her senses and return.
(old-fashioned) Are you out of your senses? You'll be killed!
(old-fashioned) Why does she want to marry him? She must have taken leave of her senses.  
6. countable the meaning that a word or phrase has; a way of understanding sth
The word ‘love’ is used in different senses by different people.
education in its broadest sense
He was a true friend, in every sense of the word (= in every possible way).
In a sense (= in one way) it doesn't matter any more.
In some senses (= in one or more ways) the criticisms were justified.
The medical care was excellent, in a technical sense.
(formal) In no sense can the issue be said to be resolved.
There is a sense in which we are all to blame for the tragedy.
more at take leave of your senses at leave n.
Word Origin:
late Middle English (as a noun in the sense ‘meaning’): from Latin sensus ‘faculty of feeling, thought, meaning’, from sentire ‘feel’. The verb dates from the mid 16th cent.
sense noun
1. C (often followed by of)
He felt a strong sense of loss.
feeling • • impression • • idea|especially written sensation
a strong sense/feeling/impression/idea/sensation
a/an wonderful/warm/uncomfortable sense/feeling/sensation
have the sense/feeling/impression/sensation that…
get/give sb/leave sb with/convey a/an sense/feeling/impression/idea
2. sing.
Babies have an innate sense of rhythm.
understanding • • conception • • grasp • • comprehension • • appreciation
sb's sense/understanding/conception/grasp/comprehension/appreciation of sth
a/an sense/understanding/conception/appreciation that…
have a/an sense/understanding/conception/grasp/comprehension/appreciation
You should have the sense to take advice.
common sense • • realism • • sanity|sometimes ironic wisdom|formal pragmatism
Opp: nonsense
sense/realism/wisdom/pragmatism in (doing) sth
have the sense/common sense/wisdom to do sth
show (great) sense/common sense/wisdom
4. C
The word ‘love’ is used in different senses by different people.
meaning • • significance
the original/exact/precise/general/true sense/meaning/significance
the accepted/narrow/literal/metaphorical/legal/technical sense/meaning of sth
have a sense/meaning/significance
Sense or meaning? Sense is used more in technical or formal contexts.
Which Word?:
sensible / sensitive
Sensible and sensitive are connected with two different meanings of sense.
Sensible refers to your ability to make good judgements: She gave me some very sensible advice. It wasn’t very sensible to go out on your own so late at night.
Sensitive refers to how easily you react to things and how much you are aware of things or other people: a soap for sensitive skin This movie may upset a sensitive child.
Example Bank:
Art should appeal to the senses rather than the intellect.
Clubs try to create a sense of community.
Common sense tells me I should get more sleep.
Family-friendly policies make good business sense.
Have you taken leave of your senses?
He and I were no longer friends in any meaningful sense.
He at least had the sense to call the police.
He felt a deep sense of relief after the phone call.
He has a sixth sense when it comes to fashion.
He has an acute sense of smell.
He has no dress sense.
He lacked a clear sense of direction.
He seems to have lost his sense of reality.
Her senses reeled as she fought for consciousness.
I am not writing poetry in the traditional sense.
I don't have any friends in the usual sense of the word.
I experienced a new sense of freedom.
I got the sense that she wasn't very pleased to see us.
I have absolutely no fashion sense.
I tried to make him see sense, but he just wouldn't listen.
I wish my daughter would learn some sense.
I'm going to try and knock some sense into him.
If you can't talk sense, I'm leaving!
If you had an ounce of sense, you'd never have agreed to help him.
In a certain sense, justice was done.
In a sense, she's right.
In a very real sense, post-war repression was the continuation of the war.
It all makes perfect sense.
It makes little sense to discuss this now.
Many felt a renewed sense of purpose in the nation's war effort.
Meg is incredibly intelligent but she lacks common sense.
No one in their right senses would give him the job!
Patti had a nagging sense of foreboding.
Raccoons have a highly developed sense of touch.
Readers gain a real sense of what life was like in the camp.
She had a great sense of style.
She lost her sense of hearing early in life.
That sentence doesn't make sense.
That word has three senses.
The conviction may bring a sense of closure.
The music conveyed a sense of loss.
The novel is about education in its widest sense.
The public has been lulled into a false sense of security.
There's a lot of sense in what he's saying.
There's no sense in going home before the concert.
These results seem to make intuitive sense.
These teachings do not constitute a religion in the conventional sense.
They feel a pervasive sense of loss and longing.
This is a tragedy in the fullest sense of the word.
This paragraph doesn't make sense.
We felt a profound sense of alienation from Western culture.
We have a shared sense of community.
We'll try and talk a little sense into her.
When she came to, her senses told her she was lying on a beach.
a good sense of direction/rhythm/timing
a natural sense of justice
a palpable sense of danger
a vague sense of unease
Always try to keep a sense of proportion.
Babies seem to have an innate sense of rhythm.
Doesn't she have any sense of guilt about what she did?
Ed doesn't have any dress sense at all!
He was a true friend, in every sense of the word.
He was respected for his humour and his good sense.
Helmets can give cyclists a false sense of security.
How could you even think of doing such a thing? Have some sense!
I developed a certain road sense during my years as a cyclist.
I wish you'd talk sense.
I've got a hopeless sense of direction.
In a sense it doesn't matter any more.
In no sense can the issue be said to be resolved.
In some senses the criticisms were justified.
One of the most important things in a partner is a sense of humour.
She always had a strong sense of personal responsibility.
Some people have more money than sense.
The word ‘love’ is used in different senses by different people.
There's no sense in worrying about it now.
This was education in its broadest sense.
You should have the sense to take advice when it's offered.
Idioms: make sense make sense of something see sense sense of occasion talk some sense into somebody
verb (not used in the progressive tenses) BECOME AWARE
1. to become aware of sth even though you cannot see it, hear it, etc
~ sth Sensing danger, they started to run.
I sensed a note of tension in his voice.
~ (that)… Lisa sensed that he did not believe her.
Thomas, she sensed, could convince anyone of anything.
~ sb/sth doing sth He sensed someone moving around behind him.
~ sb/sth do sth He sensed something move in the bushes.
~ how, what, etc… She could sense how nervous he was.  
2. ~ sth to discover and record sth
equipment that senses the presence of toxic gases
Verb forms:
Word Origin:
late Middle English (as a noun in the sense ‘meaning’): from Latin sensus ‘faculty of feeling, thought, meaning’, from sentire ‘feel’. The verb dates from the mid 16th cent.
Example Bank:
He clearly sensed that some points could be scored.
I immediately sensed something was wrong.
I sensed quite strongly that she was angry with me.
Maybe she could just sense what I needed.
Sandra could almost sense the tension in the air.
She apparently sensed defeat was inevitable.
She sensed the terrible pain he was feeling.

WordNet Dictionary:
1. a general conscious awareness
- a sense of security
- a sense of happiness
- a sense of danger
- a sense of self
- the dictionary gave several senses for the word
- in the best sense charity is really a duty
- the signifier is linked to the signified
Syn: signified
3. 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
Syn: sensation, sentience, sentiency, sensory faculty
- Common sense is not so common
- he hasn't got the sense God gave little green apples
- fortunately she had the good sense to run away
Syn: common sense, good sense, gumption, horse sense, mother wit
5. a natural appreciation or ability
- a keen musical sense
- a good sense of timing
1. 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
Syn: feel
2. detect some circumstance or entity automatically
- This robot can sense the presence of people in the room
- particle detectors sense ionization
- a sensation of touch
Syn: sensation, esthesis, aesthesis, sense experience, sense impression

Webster's 1913 Dictionary:
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.
What surmounts the reach
Of human sense I shall delineate.
The traitor Sense recalls
The soaring soul from rest.
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.
3.Perception through the intellect; apprehension; recognition; understanding; discernment; appreciation.
This Basilius, having the quick sense of a lover.
High disdain from sense of injured merit.
4.Sound perception and reasoning; correct judgment; good mental capacity; understanding; also, that which is sound, true, or reasonable; rational meaning.
He raves; his words are loose
As heaps of sand, and scattering wide from sense.
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.
The municipal council of the city had ceased to speak the sense of the citizens.
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.
I think 't was in another sense.
7.Moral perception or appreciation.
Some are so hardened in wickedness as to have no sense of the most friendly offices.
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.
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.]
Is he sure that objects are not otherwise sensed by others than they are by him?

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