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sensation

noun uk   /senˈseɪ.ʃən/ us  

sensation noun (FEELING)

B2 [C or U] the ability to feel something physically, especially by touching, or a physical feeling that results from this ability: a burning sensation I had no sensation of pain whatsoever. The disease causes a loss of sensation in the fingers. B2 [C usually singular] a general feeling caused by something that happens to you, especially a feeling that you cannot describe exactly: [+ (that)] I had the odd sensation (that) someone was following me. I can remember the first time I went sailing - it was a wonderful sensation.

sensation noun (EXCITEMENT)

B2 [S] something very exciting or interesting, or something that causes great excitement or interest: Their affair caused a sensation. The books have been a publishing sensation on both sides of the Atlantic. The show was an overnight sensation (= was very successful immediately).
(Definition of sensation from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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