sense: Meaning and Definition of
Pronunciation: (sens), [key]
— n., v., sensed, sens•ing.
- any of the faculties, as sight, hearing, smell, taste, or touch, by which humans and animals perceive stimuli originating from outside or inside the body.
- these faculties collectively.
- their operation or function; sensation.
- a feeling or perception produced through the organs of touch, taste, etc., or resulting from a particular condition of some part of the body: to have a sense of cold.
- a faculty or function of the mind analogous to sensation: the moral sense.
- any special capacity for perception, estimation, appreciation, etc.: a sense of humor.
- Usually,clear and sound mental faculties; sanity: Have you taken leave of your senses?
- a more or less vague perception or impression: a sense of security.
- a mental discernment, realization, or recognition; acuteness: a just sense of the worth of a thing.
- the recognition of something as incumbent or fitting: a sense of duty.
- sound practical intelligence: He has no sense.
- something that is sensible or reasonable: to talk sense.
- the meaning or gist of something: You missed the sense of his statement.
- the value or worth of something; merit: There's no sense in worrying about the past.
- the meaning of a word or phrase in a specific context, esp. as isolated in a dictionary or glossary; the semantic element in a word or group of words.
- an opinion or judgment formed or held, esp. by an assemblage or body of persons: the sense of a meeting.
- a DNA sequence that is capable of coding for an amino acid (distinguished from nonsense).
- one of two opposite directions in which a vector may point.
- to regain one's good judgment or realistic point of view; become reasonable.
- according to one explanation or view; to a certain extent: In a sense it may have been the only possible solution.
- to be reasonable or comprehensible: His attitude doesn't make sense.
- to perceive (something) by the senses; become aware of.
- to grasp the meaning of; understand.
- (of certain mechanical devices) to detect physical phenomena, as light, temperature, radioactivity, etc., mechanically, electrically, or photoelectrically.
- to read (punched holes, tape, data, etc.) mechanically, electrically, or photoelectrically.
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