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faculty by which external or internal stimuli are conveyed to the brain centers, where they are registered as sensations. Sensory reception occurs in higher animals through a process known as transduction, in which stimuli are converted into nerve impulses and relayed to the brain. The four commonly known special senses (sight, hearing, smell, and taste) are concerned with the outer world, and external stimuli are received and conducted by sensory receptors concentrated in the eye, ear, olfactory organ, and the taste buds. The so-called somatic senses respond to both external and internal stimuli. Although most of the somatic receptors are located in the skin (conveying the external sensations of touch, heat, cold, pressure, and pain), others are located in internal organs (e.g., the heart and the stomach). Somatic sensations such as hunger, thirst, and fatigue are thought to originate in specific areas of the nervous system. The sense of balance, or equilibrium, is related to the flow of endolymph, a fluid found in the inner ear.



(1) The ideal content, the defining idea, or the final goal (value) of something, for example, the sense of life or the sense of history. The term “sense” may signify the entire content of some scientific, philosophic, or artistic statement, a content that cannot be reduced to the meanings of the parts and elements that make up the statement; the content itself determines these meanings. For example, the concepts of the sense of a work of art or the sense of an artistic image are equivalent to the concept of the artistic idea. The category of sense was treated in great detail in a number of trends of idealist philosophic thought in the late 19th and 20th centuries, particularly in the doctrine of “understanding,” which originated with W. Dilthey. Understanding was held to be the specific method of the “sciences of the spirit,” that is, the humanities, which is based on intuitive comprehension and integral interpretation of the sense connections between various forms of human culture.

(2) In logic, see MEANING.

(3) In linguistics, a term sometimes used as a synonym for “meaning” but usually used to introduce an opposition to “meaning.” “Sense” may signify the aggregate of extralinguistic characteristics of content, as opposed to meaning, which is the generalization of the intralinguistic characteristics of content. The term may refer to the semantic characteristics of a whole utterance or text, as distinct from the meaning of a single word. Sense may signify the connotative aspect of the content of a word; meaning, on the other hand, signifies the denotative aspect. In some conceptions, sense is understood as the whole and meaning is viewed as the component part; in other conceptions, sense is seen as a component of meaning. In the sense-text model, sense is a concept that describes the global content of an utterance.


(computer science)
To read punched holes in tape or cards.
To determine the arrangement or position of a device or the value of a quantity.
The general direction from which a radio signal arrives; if a radio bearing is received by a simple loop antenna, there are two possible readings approximately 180° apart; the resolving of this ambiguity is called sensing of the bearing.


1. any of the faculties by which the mind receives information about the external world or about the state of the body. In addition to the five traditional faculties of sight, hearing, touch, taste, and smell, the term includes the means by which bodily position, temperature, pain, balance, etc., are perceived
2. such faculties collectively; the ability to perceive
3. a feeling perceived through one of the senses
4. Maths one of two opposite directions measured on a directed line; the sign as contrasted with the magnitude of a vector
5. Logic linguistics
a. the import of an expression as contrasted with its referent. Thus the morning star and the evening star have the same reference, Venus, but different senses
b. the property of an expression by virtue of which its referent is determined
c. that which one grasps in understanding an expression


(human language)
A meaning of a word.
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In De Anima 2, Aristotle distinguishes between the intellect, sense perception, and nutrition as constituting the categories of human, animal, and plant life.
Because Siger does not frame the problem of sense perception in the terms in which it is couched by the Academics, arguments such as the indiscernability argument (between dreams and wakeful experiences for example) cannot get off the ground.
12) Articulating the relationship between sense perception and imagination (or representation), Aristotle writes, "And, since sight is sense perception par excellence, the name for imagination (phantasia) is taken from light [phaos], because without light, it is not possible to see" (De Anima 428b30).
75) At this point in the dialogue, Socrates and his interlocutors are pressed to go beyond sense perception to the activity of the mind to make sense of non-empirical categories.
13) While economic laws are not directly derived from sense perception, they must be capable of being reduced to the perceptual level in a similar manner so as to be valid.
As a shepherd researcher diversity in the exercises cognitive sense--kinetic diversity of elements under discussion, which confirms (Ehab, 2008) that the cognitive sense--kinesthetic settle in the sense of procedure of the joints, muscles and tendons, which is like any sense of another extension can be provoked or alert, and this could be alert the result of pressure or tension or contraction or twitching muscles and diastole of this movement is given watchful for nerves and sense perception.
I was concerned with this relation between sense perception and the intended creation of forms of art, for such forms are both a response to sense impressions and new occasions for sense impressions.
The MD raises his high sense perception and takes the time to blend his lab findings with this inner knowing.
Or is death the end of all sense perception and consciousness?
I further show (in section 5) that this type of knowledge requires that the subject's knowledge of reality would extend beyond the things he perceives by his senses, and therefore that sense perception alone cannot account for this knowledge.
As we have said, we are not at present discussing the names to give to the natural objects before us; what we are investigating is the difference ([TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII]) between these things, a difference which we recognize as being unchangeable in reality even if one alters the nomenclature a thousand times, or at one time says that the soul is incorporeal, following those who lay it down that what is known by sense perception is to be called "body," and at another time that it is body, following those who define body as that which can act and be acted upon.
2002, The Vocabulary of Sense Perception in Estonian.