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  2  definitions  found 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Sensation  \Sen*sa"tion\,  n.  [Cf.  F.  sensation.  See  {Sensate}.] 
  1.  (Physiol.)  An  impression,  or  the  consciousness  of  an 
  impression,  made  upon  the  central  nervous  organ,  through 
  the  medium  of  a  sensory  or  afferent  nerve  or  one  of  the 
  organs  of  sense  a  feeling,  or  state  of  consciousness, 
  whether  agreeable  or  disagreeable,  produced  either  by  an 
  external  object  (stimulus),  or  by  some  change  in  the 
  internal  state  of  the  body. 
  Perception  is  only  a  special  kind  of  knowledge,  and 
  sensation  a  special  kind  of  feeling.  .  .  .  Knowledge 
  and  feeling,  perception  and  sensation,  though  always 
  coexistent,  are  always  in  the  inverse  ratio  of  each 
  other  --Sir  W. 
  2.  A  purely  spiritual  or  psychical  affection;  agreeable  or 
  disagreeable  feelings  occasioned  by  objects  that  are  not 
  corporeal  or  material. 
  3.  A  state  of  excited  interest  or  feeling,  or  that  which 
  causes  it 
  The  sensation  caused  by  the  appearance  of  that  work 
  is  still  remembered  by  many  --Brougham. 
  Syn:  Perception. 
  Usage:  {Sensation},  {Perseption}.  The  distinction  between 
  these  words  when  used  in  mental  philosophy,  may  be 
  thus  stated;  if  I  simply  smell  a  rose,  I  have  a 
  sensation;  if  I  refer  that  smell  to  the  external 
  object  which  occasioned  it  I  have  a  perception.  Thus 
  the  former  is  mere  feeling,  without  the  idea  of  an 
  object;  the  latter  is  the  mind's  apprehension  of  some 
  external  object  as  occasioning  that  feeling. 
  ``Sensation  properly  expresses  that  change  in  the 
  state  of  the  mind  which  is  produced  by  an  impression 
  upon  an  organ  of  sense  (of  which  change  we  can 
  conceive  the  mind  to  be  conscious,  without  any 
  knowledge  of  external  objects).  Perception,  on  the 
  other  hand,  expresses  the  knowledge  or  the  intimations 
  we  obtain  by  means  of  our  sensations  concerning  the 
  qualities  of  matter,  and  consequently  involves,  in 
  every  instance,  the  notion  of  externality,  or  outness, 
  which  it  is  necessary  to  exclude  in  order  to  seize  the 
  precise  import  of  the  word  sensation.''  --Fleming. 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
  n  1:  an  unelaborated  elementary  awareness  of  stimulation;  "a 
  sensation  of  touch"  [syn:  {sense  experience},  {sense 
  impression},  {sense  datum}] 
  2:  someone  who  is  very  highly  skilled  [syn:  {ace},  {adept},  {maven}, 
  {virtuoso},  {genius},  {hotshot},  {star},  {whiz},  {whizz}, 
  {wizard},  {wiz}] 
  3:  a  general  feeling  of  excitement;  "the  announcement  caused  a 
  4:  the  faculty  through  which  the  external  world  is  apprehended 
  [syn:  {sense},  {sentience},  {sentiency},  {sensory  faculty}] 

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