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Definition of sensation noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1[countable] a feeling that you get when something affects your body a tingling/burning, etc. sensation I had a sensation of falling, as if in a dream.
  2. 2[uncountable] the ability to feel through your sense of touch synonym feeling She seemed to have lost all sensation in her arms.
  3. 3[countable, usually singular] a general feeling or impression that is difficult to explain; an experience or a memory He had the eerie sensation of being watched. When I arrived, I had the sensation that she had been expecting me.
  4. 4[countable, usually singular, uncountable] very great surprise, excitement, or interest among a lot of people; the person or the thing that causes this surprise News of his arrest caused a sensation. The band became a sensation overnight.
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: sensation