Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A power of perception seemingly independent of the five senses; keen intuition.

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  • n. Extrasensory perception; the ability to sense things by means other than the known bodily senses.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. grasping the inner nature of things intuitively

Etymologies

Refers to a sense different from the standard bodily senses, of which traditionally there are five: touch, taste, smell, sight and hearing. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Mouse seemed to have a sixth sense about when not to take his time making use of the boardinghouse's yard, and we went to our little designated area and back with no delays.

    Dead Beat

  • From that day on our friendship became intimate: I began to divine him; I knew now that his words would always be more generous and noble than his actions; knew too that I must take his charm of manner and vivacity of intercourse for real virtues, and indeed they were as real as the beauty of flowers; and I was aware as by some sixth sense that, where his vanity was concerned,

    Oscar Wilde

  • "Crybaby," said Sammee, but some sixth sense made him glance over his shoulder to where Disantis stood.

    Prayers To Broken Stones

  • This inherited capacity is a sort of sixth sense – a soul-sense which sees, hears, feels, all in one.

    The Story of My Life

  • Besides, Alex should be back presently, to apply the sixth sense he had perforce developed for problems abrew.

    Hokas Pokas

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