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English Dictionary: sense by the DICT Development Group
3 results for sense
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
  1. a general conscious awareness; "a sense of security"; "a sense of happiness"; "a sense of danger"; "a sense of self"
  2. 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"
    Synonym(s): sense, 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"
    Synonym(s): sense, sensation, sentience, sentiency, sensory faculty
  4. sound practical judgment; "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"
    Synonym(s): common sense, good sense, gumption, horse sense, 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"
    Synonym(s): feel, sense
  2. detect some circumstance or entity automatically; "This robot can sense the presence of people in the room"; "particle detectors sense ionization"
  3. become aware of not through the senses but instinctively; "I sense his hostility"; "i smell trouble"; "smell out corruption"
    Synonym(s): smell, smell out, sense
  4. comprehend; "I sensed the real meaning of his letter"
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Sense \Sense\, n. [L. sensus, from sentire, sensum, to perceive,
      to feel, from the same root as E. send; cf. OHG. sin sense,
      mind, sinnan to go, to journey, G. sinnen to meditate, to
      think: cf. F. sens. For the change of meaning cf. {See}, v.
      t. See {Send}, and cf. {Assent}, {Consent}, {Scent}, v. t.,
      {Sentence}, {Sentient}.]
      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.
                     What surmounts the reach Of human sense I shall
                     delineate.                                          --Milton.
                     The traitor Sense recalls The soaring soul from
                     rest.                                                --Keble.
      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.
                                                                              --Sir P.
                     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. [bd]He speaks
            sense.[b8] --Shak.
                     He raves; his words are loose As heaps of sand, and
                     scattering wide from sense.               --Dryden.
      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.         --Macaulay.
      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.
                     I think 't was in another sense.         --Shak.
      7. Moral perception or appreciation.
                     Some are so hardened in wickedness as to have no
                     sense of the most friendly offices.   --L' Estrange.
      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}, according to Sir W. Hamilton:
            (a) [bd]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.[b8]
            (b) [bd]The faculty of first principles.[b8] These two are
                  the philosophical significations.
            (c) [bd]Such ordinary complement of intelligence, that,if
                  a person be deficient therein, he is accounted mad or
            (d) When the substantive is emphasized: [bd]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.[b8]
      {Moral sense}. See under {Moral},
            (a) .
      {The inner}, [or] {internal}, {sense}, capacity of the mind
            to be aware of its own states; consciousness; reflection.
            [bd]This source of ideas every man has wholly in himself,
            and though it be not sense, as having nothing to do with
            external objects, yet it is very like it, and might
            properly enough be called internal sense.[b8] --Locke.
      {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
      Syn: Understanding; reason.
      Usage: {Sense}, {Understanding}, {Reason}. Some philosophers
                  have given a technical signification to these terms,
                  which may here be stated. Sense is the mind's acting
                  in the direct cognition either of material objects or
                  of its own mental states. In the first case it is
                  called the outer, in the second the inner, sense.
                  Understanding is the logical faculty, i. e., the power
                  of apprehending under general conceptions, or the
                  power of classifying, arranging, and making
                  deductions. Reason is the power of apprehending those
                  first or fundamental truths or principles which are
                  the conditions of all real and scientific knowledge,
                  and which control the mind in all its processes of
                  investigation and deduction. These distinctions are
                  given, not as established, but simply because they
                  often occur in writers of the present day.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Sense \Sense\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Sensed}; p. pr. & vb. n.
      To perceive by the senses; to recognize. [Obs. or Colloq.]
               Is he sure that objects are not otherwise sensed by
               others than they are by him?                  --Glanvill.
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