[ adjective ] responsive to physical stimuli


"a mimosa's leaves are sensitive to touch" "a sensitive voltmeter" "sensitive skin" "sensitive to light"

Used in print

(Cornell H. Mayer, "Radio Emission of the Moon...)

The constant temperature contours are much smoother than those observed at 4.3 mm by Coates ( 1959 a ) , and apparently the emission at 8 mm is not nearly so sensitive to differences in surface features .

(Francis J. Johnston and John E. Willard, "The...)

Furthermore , the exchange would not be expected to be sensitive to trace amounts of impurities because it would not be apt to be a chain_reaction since the activation_energy for abstraction of chlorine by a chlorine atom would be expected to be too high ; also it would be expected that * * f would compete very effectively with any impurities as a scavenger for * * f radicals .

(J. F. Vedder, "Micrometeorites", in Francis S. J...)

These vehicles , with large sensitive areas , have collected data for long enough times to give reliable impact rates for the periods of exposure .

Many other vehicles with smaller sensitive area exposure time products contribute some information .

With detectors sensitive to three mass intervals and based on a_few counts , the second and third Russian space_probes indicate that the flux of the smallest particles detected is less_than that of larger ones .

[ adjective ] having acute mental or emotional sensibility


"sensitive to the local community and its needs"

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(The Providence Journal...)

Still , his finale is put_together with taste and a most sensitive projection of that pale sustenance , despair .

(Frank Getlein and Harold C. Gardiner, S.J., Movies,...)

In that apparently simple shift Porter opened the way to the sensitive use of the camera as an instrument of art as_well_as a mechanical recording device .

(Ross E. McKinney and Howard Edde, "Aerated...)

The location of the oxidation pond in a high value residential area makes odor nuisances a sensitive problem for the developer .

(Irving Stone, The Agony and the Ecstasy....)

He spent concentrated weeks putting his two figures together : a Mary who would be young and sensitive , yet strong enough to hold her son on her lap ; and a Jesus who , though lean , was strong even in death - a look he remembered well from his experience in the dead_room of Santo_Spirito .

[ adjective ] hurting


sore tender


"the tender spot on his jaw"

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[ adjective ] able to feel or perceive




"even amoeba are sensible creatures" "the more sensible parts of the skin"

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insensible aware conscious

[ adjective ] used officially of classified information or matters affecting national security

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