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Sense appears in the following palindromes (phrases that read the same backward as forward):

  • Sniff umpires’ nests if I cap an iron, or in a pacifist sense, rip muffins.
  • "Paganise, yet sense us sing," I lampoon, "snoop malign issues, nest eyes in a gap."
  • Dew on sties nests in a tastily lit Satan act: can a tastily lit satanist sense it snowed?
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Usage statistics for the noun sense:

spoken English40.85%written English59.15% conversational speech14.58%task-oriented speech85.42% imaginative writing47.05%informational writing52.95%
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The word sense is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the noun sense

What does sense mean as a name of something?

Sense is one of the top 1000 most common nouns in the English language.View more statistics!

noun - plural: senses

  1. a general conscious awareness
  2. the meaning of a word or expression; the way in which a word or expression or situation can be interpreted
  3. the faculty through which the external world is apprehended
  4. sound practical judgment
  5. a natural appreciation or ability
    • examples: a keen musical sense | a good sense of timing
    • lexical domain: Cognitive Processes - nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents
    • more generic words: appreciation / grasp / hold = understanding of the nature or meaning or quality or magnitude of something

Alternative definition of the noun sense


  1. One of the methods for a living being to gather data about the world; sight, smell, hearing, touch, taste.
  2. A general conscious awareness.
  3. Sound practical judgment, as in common sense
  4. The meaning, reason, or value of something.
  5. A natural appreciation or ability
  6. [context: pragmatics] The way that a referent is presented.
  7. [context: semantics] A single conventional use of a word; one of the entries for a word in a dictionary.
  8. [context: mathematics] One of two opposite directions in which a vector (especially of motion) may point. See also polarity.
  9. [context: mathematics] One of two opposite directions of rotation, clockwise versus anti-clockwise.

Definition of the verb sense

What does sense mean as a doing word?

Sense is one of the top 1000 most common verbs in the English language.View more statistics!

verb - inflections: sensed | sensing | senses

  1. perceive by a physical sensation, e.g., coming from the skin or muscles
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formula
      [Experiencer - being] [Verb] [Stimulus]I saw the play | The crew spotted the island
      [Experiencer - being] [Verb] [Stimulus] [Predicate, object control with bare infinitive]I saw her bake the cake
      [Experiencer - being] [Verb] [Stimulus] [Predicate, object control with -ing]I saw him laughing
      [Experiencer - being] [Verb] [Stimulus] in [Oblique]I sensed the eagerness in him
      [Experiencer - being] [Verb] [Stimulus, how-extraction]I saw how he arrived
      [Experiencer - being] [Verb] [Stimulus, possessive with -ing]I saw their laughing and joking
      [Experiencer - being] [Verb] [Stimulus, that-complement clause]I can see that you are feeling great
      [Experiencer - being] [Verb] [Stimulus, what-extraction]I saw what they did

      Verbs of Perception (with the same syntax): detect, discern, feel, notice, perceive, see.

    • lexical domain: Perceptions - verbs of seeing, hearing, feeling
    • synonym of sense: feel
    • more generic words: comprehend / perceive = to become aware of through the senses
  2. detect some circumstance or entity automatically
    • examples: This robot can sense the presence of people in the room | particle detectors sense ionization
    • lexical domain: Perceptions - verbs of seeing, hearing, feeling
    • more generic words: detect / discover / find / notice / observe = discover or determine the existence, presence, or fact of
  3. become aware of not through the senses but instinctively
    • example: I sense his hostility
    • lexical domain: Cognition - verbs of thinking, judging, analyzing, doubting
    • synonyms of sense: smell / smell out
    • more generic word: perceive = become conscious of
  4. comprehend
    • example: I sensed the real meaning of his letter
    • lexical domain: Cognition - verbs of thinking, judging, analyzing, doubting
    • more generic word: understand = know and comprehend the nature or meaning of


  1. "Sense" a.k.a. "Senso" is a 1954 melodrama film, an adaptation of Camillo Boito's Italian novella Senso by the Italian director Luchino Visconti, with Alida Valli as Livia Serpieri and Farley Granger as Lieutenant Franz Mahler.
  2. "Sense" is a 2004 short film directed by Ruth Novaczek.


  1. "Sense" is the fourteenth studio album by Japanese pop rock band Mr. Children. It was released on December 1, 2010, and the details, such as track list, number of tracks, cover and title of the album, were announced on November 29, 2010. It includes a digital-only single "Fanfare" and no CD single or music videos. "Fanfare" is also the theme for the One Piece' film Strong World, released on December 12, 2009, almost one year before the album's release.
  2. "Sense" is the second album by English musical group The Lightning Seeds, released in 1992 and produced chiefly by Ian Broudie and Simon Rogers.
  3. "Sense" is the fifth album by In the Nursery, released in 1991 through Third Mind Records.
  4. "Sense" is a composition, cataloged instance.
  5. "Sense" is a musical single of Lightning Seeds.
    • released in (24 years ago)
  6. "Sense" is a musical EP of DJ T. & James Teej.
    • released on (4 years ago)
  7. "Sense" is a musical album of Tubby Justice.
    • released in (27 years ago)
  8. "Sense" is a musical album of Henning Gravrok.
    • released in (10 years ago)


Sense: The river Sense is a right tributary of the river Saane in Switzerland. It is a border river between the Cantons of Fribourg and Bern. Its source rivers, the Kalte Sense, coming from Mount Gantrisch, and Warme Sense, flowing out of lake Schwarzsee, join at Zollhaus and thus form the origin of the Sense.


  1. Sense: A sense is a physiological capacity of organisms that provides 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, and philosophy of perception. The nervous system has a specific sensory system or organ, dedicated to each sense.
    • also known as Sajūta
  2. Sense: In molecular biology and genetics, sense is a concept used to compare the polarity of nucleic acid molecules, such as DNA or RNA, to other nucleic acid molecules. Depending on the context within molecular biology, sense may have slightly different meanings.
    • also known as 義
  3. Sense is a national charity in the United Kingdom that supports and campaigns for children and adults who are deafblind.
    • also known as Sense-National Deafblind and Rubella Association
  4. Sense is an educational programming environment created by The Open University in the United Kingdom. It uses a drag-and-drop programming environment designed to teach students the fundamentals of programming languages, using different shape and colour "blocks" selected from a palette of available commands, meaning that the student needs to have no previous experience of programming nor do they need to learn a syntax. It is based on the Scratch programming language developed by the MIT Media Lab, and uses .sb files like Scratch but the two pieces of software cannot use each other's files.
  5. Sense: In electronics, sense is a technique used in power supplies to produce the correct voltage for a load. Although simple batteries naturally maintain a steady voltage, a power supply must use a feedback system to make adjustments based on the difference between its intended output and its actual output. If this system is working, the latter will be very close to the former.

Phrases with Sense

Phrases starting with the word Sense:

  1. sense datum
  2. sense organ
  3. Sense strand
  4. sense tagger
  5. sense of duty

Phrases ending with the word Sense:

  1. good sense
  2. make sense
  3. road sense
  4. word sense
  5. Court Sense
  6. horse sense
  7. moral sense
  8. sixth sense
  9. common sense
  10. Common-sense
  11. muscle sense
  12. Spidey-Sense
  13. visual sense
  14. Fashion sense
  15. somatic sense

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Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Sense

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Google previewDoing Interview-based Qualitative Research (2015)

A Learner's Guide by Eva Magnusson, Jeanne Marecek

Roughly speaking, there are four general senses of the word “meaning”: One sense is the message conveyed by a certain statement or the gist of an account. Some synonyms are substance, content, import, and point (as in “get to the point” ).

Google previewMysticism and Sacred Scripture (2000)

by Steven T. Katz

Since the literal sense is that which the author of the writing intends, and God is the author of Holy Scripture, as has been said,

Google previewTheological Aesthetics (2004)

A Reader by Gesa Elsbeth Thiessen

Sense is a faculty of the soul by which material things are perceived, or distinguished. The sense organs are the organs or members by means of which we perceive. Sensible things are those which come within the province of the senses.

Google previewThe Dao of the Military (2012)

Liu An's Art of War

The latter sense is that punishing wrongdoing is the ultimate end of the military, but the ultimate fulfillment of this end is achieved when punishments are no longer necessary. The former sense is that “form” (the formation of the army in battle, ...

Google previewThe Routledge Dictionary of Philosophy (2009)

by Michael Proudfoot, A.R. Lacey

This was usually treatedasa specialand infallible direct or immediate awareness, recentlyoften calledsensing, ofthingsvariously described as impressions, ideas, perceptions or sensationsuntil Mooreand Russell popularized theterm'sense ...

Google previewUnderstanding the lexicon (1988)

meaning, sense and world knowledge in lexical semantics by Werner Hüllen, Rainer Schulze

meaning, sense and world knowledge in lexical semantics Werner Hüllen, Rainer Schulze...

Google previewEncyclopedia of the British Novel (2015)

by Victoria Gaydosik

Work Author: Jane Austen Begun in 1795 with the early title of Marianne and Elinor, Jane Austen's second published novel, Sense and Sensibility, would become one of hermost famous. Austen signed the novel "by a Lady" andhad ...

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Usage statistics about sense

The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English from the later part of the 20th century, both spoken and written.

Usage statistics for the noun sense:

spoken English40.85%written English59.15% conversational speech14.58%task-oriented speech85.42% imaginative writing47.05%informational writing52.95%

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Small photo of Stepwell, called baori, located in the city of Jaipur, India. It is considered a religious building as well, giving a strong sense of community.Small photo of Japanese black pine (Pinus Thunbergii) have straw belts applied in Tokyo for winter by arborists, to protect against pine month (Dendrolimus Spectabilis) caterpillars, and bestow a sense of season.Small photo of Spring scenery of Bride dress waterfall in Luoshao of Taroko National Park.The waterfall is like a bridal white dress which always changes style with moss,rock and plants is Chinese aesthetic sense.Small photo of City monitoring equipment with a sense of science and technologySmall photo of AUGUST COMTE , French philosopher who founded the discipline of praxeology and the doctrine of positivism. He is sometimes regarded as the first philosopher of science in the modern sense of the term.Small photo of Spring scenery of Bride dress waterfall in Luoshao of Taroko National Park.The waterfall is like a bridal white dress which always changes style with moss,rock and plants is Chinese aesthetic sense.Small photo of THE ARAB JEWELER, by Charles Sprague Pearce, 1882, American painting, oil on canvas. An Arab artisan is painted with strong sense of light and volume. The artist studied in Paris and traveled to Egypt More...

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Quotes about Sense

Which makes some sense
Other than nonsense
Supreme sense
Is civic sense.
Embedded with moral sense
Inject sense
In this universe
Oozing with nonsense. (Sanjay Mehta)
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Scrabble value of S1E1N1S1E1

The value of this 5-letter word is 5 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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