Definition of sensory in English:



  • Relating to sensation or the physical senses; transmitted or perceived by the senses.

    ‘sensory input’
    • ‘How could such sensory and aesthetic and moral indoctrination have been so readily overthrown?’
    • ‘It basically defines a sensory perception that has no source in their world.’
    • ‘We come into this world as babes and have to organize the chaos of our sensory input.’
    • ‘Our identity is a story we tell ourselves to bind, balance or reject from the whole range of input sensory data.’
    • ‘It's a total sensory overload; every sense being in a constant state of catch-up.’
    • ‘While sensory input is important, spontaneous activity plays a key role.’
    • ‘So it's like the clock is very accurate but it can be reset by sensory input.’
    • ‘Was it a rich sensory experience that took your head to places you hadn't known existed?’
    • ‘The human brain itself can only work with the information from sensory organs.’
    • ‘The brain fills in so many gaps in its sensory input, so maybe it takes a huge amount of hearing loss to make a real difference to ability.’
    • ‘The spindle is thought to be responsible for the inhibition of external, sensory input.’
    • ‘Each piece in the show deals with sensory experience and assumptions about perception.’
    • ‘There are certain sensory inputs that grab our attention faster and more thoroughly than we'd expect.’
    • ‘Three-quarters of the way down the list and it starts to add up to physical and sensory overload.’
    • ‘We know a lot about what specific neurons do when exposed to specific sensory inputs.’
    • ‘However, Plato's distrust of sensory perception led him to reject the visual arts.’
    • ‘Indeed, nerve cells that receive converging sensory inputs are quite widespread in the brain.’
    • ‘Naturally, one of the characters turns out to have the gift of ESP, or extra sensory perception.’
    • ‘Is it a sport that for you has sensory pleasures that aren't reliant on sight?’
    • ‘The downside is that some people are just too damn tired of the sensory overload to care anymore.’
    aesthetically pleasing, aesthetic, pleasurable, gratifying, rich, sumptuous, luxurious
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Mid 18th century: from Latin sens- ‘perceived’ (from the verb sentire) or from the noun sense + -ory.