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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR SENSING

As if sensing his inspection, she turned toward him, and met his wondering eyes.

An alert watchbird, sensing violence, had knocked him out of his seat.

The hairy ones crowded around him, sensing a change in plan.

"I'm sorry to disturb you at this hour of the night," said Tarling, sensing her disapproval.

Sensing the purpose to offend, Terry straightened in his chair to face Sears.

He felt no resentment at their banter, sensing that it was kindly.

Sensing this, he said grimly: "So you thought I was a quitter."

The dog whined softly, sensing that all was not exactly right.

As if sensing her agony, he said, "The spirits will watch over Gray Cloud."

Sensing the hypocrisy of the shift to sympathy, the girl took a step forward.

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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