Any of the faculties by which stimuli from outside or inside the body are received and felt, as the faculties of hearing, sight, smell, touch, taste, and equilibrium. A perception or feeling produced by a stimulus; sensation: a sense of fatigue and hunger. The faculties of sensation as means of providing physical gratification and pleasure. An intuitive or acquired perception or ability to estimate: a sense of diplomatic timing. A capacity to appreciate or understand: a keen sense of humor. A vague feeling or presentiment: a sense of impending doom. Recognition or perception either through the senses or through the intellect; consciousness: has no sense of shame. Natural understanding or intelligence, especially in practical matters: The boy had sense and knew just what to do when he got lost. The normal ability to think or reason soundly. Often used in the plural: Have you taken leave of your senses? Something sound or reasonable: There's no sense in waiting three hours. A meaning that is conveyed, as in speech or writing; signification: The sense of the novel is the inevitability of human tragedy. One of the meanings of a word or phrase: The word set has many senses. See Synonyms at meaning. Judgment; consensus: sounding out the sense of the electorate on capital punishment. Intellectual interpretation, as of the significance of an event or the conclusions reached by a group: I came away from the meeting with the sense that we had resolved all outstanding issues. To become aware of; perceive. To grasp; understand. To detect automatically: sense radioactivity. Genetics Of or relating to the portion of the strand of double-stranded DNA that serves as a template for and is transcribed into RNA.