usage: 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"
2. sense, detect, observe, find, discover, notice
usage: detect some circumstance or entity automatically; "This robot can sense the presence of people in the room"; "particle detectors sense ionization"
3. smell, smell out, sense, perceive
usage: become aware of not through the senses but instinctively; "I sense his hostility"; "i smell trouble"; "smell out corruption"
4. sense, understand
usage: comprehend; "I sensed the real meaning of his letter"
1. sensed, perceived, detected (vs. undetected)
usage: detected by instinct or inference rather than by recognized perceptual cues; "the felt presence of an intruder"; "a sensed presence in the room raised goosebumps on her arms"; "a perceived threat"