What is sense?

  • (verb): Detect some circumstance or entity automatically.
    Example: "This robot can sense the presence of people in the room"; "particle detectors sense ionization"
    See also — Additional definitions below


Senses are physiological capacities of organisms that provide data for perception. The senses and their operation, classification, and theory are overlapping topics studied by a variety of fields, most notably neuroscience, cognitive psychology (or cognitive science), and philosophy of perception. The nervous system has a specific sensory system or organ, dedicated to each sense.

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Klaas De Vries (composer) - The Opera A King, Riding - Compositional Techniques
... fundamental chord which works as a building block in harmonic sense for the entire work ... In melodic sense A King, Riding works with a basic melodic curve, and gets altered throughout the piece ... In rhythmic sense we can find a lot of proportional values (Zuidam 40) ...
Cadence (music)
... or harmonic configuration that creates a sense of repose or resolution." A harmonic cadence is a progression of (at least) two chords that concludes a phrase, section, or piece of music ... A cadence is labeled more or less "weak" or "strong" depending on the sense of finality it creates ... does not necessarily constitute a cadence—there must be a sense of closure, as at the end of a phrase ...
Mother's Boy
... man is seen to give control of his own life to his mother, in exchange for a sense of security ... Alternatively, in recent years, some have begun using the term in a milder sense, merely meaning a man who is emotionally attached to his mother ... Though this sense of the phrase is still uncommon compared to the original pejorative intent, mothers in particular may state their pride in their "mama's boy" sons ...
Optical Scan Voting System - History
... While mark sense technology dates back to the 1930s and optical mark recognition dates to the 1950s, these technologies were first explored in the context of standardized tests such as college entrance ... The first suggestion to use mark sense technology to count ballots came in 1953, but practical optical scanners did not emerge until the 1960s ... optical mark vote tabulator able to sense marks made with a graphite pencil ...
... meaning an atom or an exceedingly small entity) is a state - the consciousness of the ego, the sense of "I" and "mine" ... This represents a sense of individuality and a separation from a general existence of any "divine plan" ... In Shaivism, anava is the cause of the individual soul's mistaken sense of separate identity from Universal God Siva, and the last bond broken before ...

More definitions of "sense":

  • (verb): Perceive by a physical sensation, e.g., coming from the skin or muscles.
    Synonyms: feel
  • (verb): Comprehend.
    Example: "I sensed the real meaning of his letter"
  • (noun): Sound practical judgment.
    Example: "I can't see the sense in doing it now"; "he hasn't got the sense God gave little green apples"; "fortunately she had the good sense to run away"
    Synonyms: common sense, good sense, gumption, horse sense, mother wit
  • (verb): Become aware of not through the senses but instinctively.
    Example: "I sense his hostility"
  • (noun): The meaning of a word or expression; the way in which a word or expression or situation can be interpreted.
    Example: "In the best sense charity is really a duty"
    Synonyms: signified
  • (noun): A natural appreciation or ability.
    Example: "A keen musical sense"; "a good sense of timing"
  • (noun): A general conscious awareness.
    Example: "A sense of security"; "a sense of happiness"; "a sense of danger"; "a sense of self"

Famous quotes containing the word sense:

    The geometry of landscape and situation seems to create its own systems of time, the sense of a dynamic element which is cinematising the events of the canvas, translating a posture or ceremony into dynamic terms. The greatest movie of the 20th century is the Mona Lisa, just as the greatest novel is Gray’s Anatomy.
    —J.G. (James Graham)

    Sinclair Lewis is the perfect example of the false sense of time of the newspaper world.... [ellipsis in source] He was always dominated by an artificial time when he wrote Main Street.... He did not create actual human beings at any time. That is what makes it newspaper. Sinclair Lewis is the typical newspaperman and everything he says is newspaper. The difference between a thinker and a newspaperman is that a thinker enters right into things, a newspaperman is superficial.
    Gertrude Stein (1874–1946)

    The unique eludes us; yet we remain faithful to the ideal of it; and in spite of sense and of our merely abstract thinking, it becomes for us the most real thing in the actual world, although for us it is the elusive goal of an infinite quest.
    Josiah Royce (1855–1916)