Definition of sensation noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//senˈseɪʃn//
    ; NAmE NAmE//senˈseɪʃn//
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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 related entries: Surprise
  5. Word Originearly 17th cent.: from medieval Latin sensatio(n-), from Latin sensus ‘faculty of feeling, thought, meaning’, from sentire ‘feel’.Extra examples A warm tingling sensation spread to her fingers. A wonderful sensation filled his body. For a special taste sensation, try our gourmet coffee. Golf’s latest teen sensation is 14-year-old Michael Woo. He felt a tingling sensation down his side. He gave way to pure sensation. He was overwhelmed by a sensation of fear. I had a strange sensation in my leg. I had the eerie sensation that I was not alone. Lisa felt a burning sensation in her eyes. Most people enjoy the sensation of eating. Rossi described the sensation of plunging downhill at 130 mph. She felt a sinking sensation in the pit of her stomach. She had no sensation in her hands. The film caused a sensation among film critics. The series became a media sensation in the early 1950s. the sensation of being watched the sensation of sand between your toes You may get a tingling sensation in your fingers. a sensation of falling/​floating/​movement/​nausea/​sinking
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: sensation