sensation Definition

  • 1a physical feeling or perception resulting from something that happens to or comes into contact with the body
  • 2a widespread reaction of interest or excitement

Using sensation: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "sensation" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The sensation of cold water on my skin was invigorating.

  • Example

    He felt a tingling sensation in his fingers.

  • Example

    The new restaurant has caused a sensation in the food industry.

  • Example

    The movie created a sensation at the film festival.

sensation Synonyms and Antonyms

Antonyms for sensation

Idioms Using sensation

  • to cause a great deal of interest or excitement


    Her new book made a sensation among readers.

  • to have a strong intuition or premonition about something


    I feel a sensation in my bones that something bad is going to happen.

  • to cause gossip or speculation


    The scandalous photos of the celebrity couple set tongues wagging in the tabloids.

Phrases with sensation

  • the feeling of motion or movement, often experienced during travel or when standing up too quickly


    I always feel a sensation of movement when I ride the train.

  • the feeling of warmth or hotness, often experienced during exercise or when exposed to high temperatures


    She felt a sensation of heat in her face after running for an hour.

  • the feeling of discomfort or suffering, often experienced due to injury or illness


    He winced at the sensation of pain in his knee.

Origins of sensation

from Latin 'sensatio', meaning 'perception'


Summary: sensation in Brief

The term 'sensation' [senˈseɪʃn] refers to physical feelings or perceptions resulting from contact with the body, such as cold water or tingling fingers. It can also denote a widespread reaction of interest or excitement, as in 'The new restaurant has caused a sensation in the food industry.' Phrases like 'sensation of movement' and 'sensation of pain' further specify the term, while idioms like 'make a sensation' and 'set tongues wagging' describe the impact of sensations on people.

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