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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR SENSED

In one blinding rush he sensed the strength and the faith of Allister.

On the other side of the screen of broad leaves we sensed the presence of life.

The Mercutian sensed their dilemma as they crouched on the stairs.

Had he not been intoxicated—with drink and with her—he might have sensed it.

I sensed that this was the last moment before he left—for good.

He had seen no guards watching the house; had sensed it deserted.

He sensed more than saw that Smithy had not turned his head.

Here, as Rawson had sensed, was new material to form the core of a world.

Sucatash sensed the fact that De Launay intended to be reticent.

But he pulled me off the bale by the leg, and that woke me up so I sensed what he was saying.

WORD ORIGIN

c.1400, "faculty of perception," also "meaning, import, interpretation" (especially of Holy Scripture), from Old French sens "one of the five senses; meaning; wit, understanding" (12c.) and directly from Latin sensus "perception, feeling, undertaking, meaning," from sentire "perceive, feel, know," probably a figurative use of a literally meaning "to find one's way," or "to go mentally," from PIE root *sent- "to go" (cf. Old High German sinnan "to go, travel, strive after, have in mind, perceive," German Sinn "sense, mind," Old English sið "way, journey," Old Irish set, Welsh hynt "way"). Application to any one of the external or outward senses (touch, sight, hearing, etc.) in English first recorded 1520s.

Meaning "that which is wise" is from c.1600. Meaning "capacity for perception and appreciation" is from c.1600 (e.g. Sense of humor, attested by 1783, sense of shame, 1640s).

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