feeling-n; 7 Senses

Sense Number 1: emotional reaction, affective awareness

Commentary: FEELING[+state][+mental][+reaction][+emotional]
NOTE: focus is on emotional reaction, rather than belief or rational opinion. (Sense 2)

Through therapy she learned to recognize her hostile feelings and reason through them.
Bob dislikes Trudy and the feeling is apparently mutual.
He had trouble overcoming his feelings of inadequacy.
Their society has a collective feeling of guilt about past transgressions. (group extension)
She spoke with great feeling at the memorial service.
The children tried to express their feelings through pictures.
John had a sinking feeling when he saw Mary's face.

PropBank: feeling.01
WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 1

Sense Number 2: a general impression, belief or sense about something

Commentary: FEELING[+state][+mental][+impression][+sense/+belief]
NOTE: focus is on intuition, beliefs rather than emotion (see Sense 1)

He had a feeling he was being watched.
What is Wall Street's feeling about the weakening dollar?
Did you get the feeling he was lying about it?
John had a bad feeling about the business venture.

PropBank: feeling.01
WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 2

Sense Number 3: the atmosphere or ambience surrounding something

Commentary: FEELING[+quality][+atmosphere][+mood]
NOTE: the feeling is not attributed to an individual, but is presented as a general condition

There was a feeling of excitement in the air.
The committee meeting had the feeling of a well-rehearsed charade to Pete.
The mayor tried to dispel the town's feeling of despair after the disaster.
The young photographer loved the feeling of energy in the big city.

PropBank: feeling.01
WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 3

Sense Number 4: experiencing a physical sensation

Commentary: FEELING[+state][+physical][+sensation][+tingling/+burning/+lacking]
NOTE: implies an individual who experiences the sensation

The patient reported a loss of feeling in his left hand.
John had a queasy feeling in his stomach from the pitching boat.
She experienced a burning feeling in her right foot.

PropBank: feeling.01
WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 4

Sense Number 5: the tactile (touch) quality something has

Commentary: FEELING[+quality][+tactile][+smooth/+greasy/+cool/+hard/+silky]
NOTE: refers to an inherent quality of a thing, not the person experiencing it (see Sense 4)

The surface of it had a greasy feeling.
This fabric has too rough of a feeling to be comfortable next to the skin.
The feeling of this papaya's skin is smooth.

PropBank: feeling.01
WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 5

Sense Number 6: having an intuitive understanding or appreciation of something

Commentary: FEELING[+quality][+ability][+intuitive][+understanding]
NOTE: refers to an inherent ability or faculty

The child prodigy had a real feeling for Beethoven's violin sonatas.
John seems to have little feeling for art.
Through practice you will develop a better feeling for how to trim your sails according to the direction of the wind.

PropBank: NM
WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 6

Sense Number 7: emotional or moral sensitivity

Commentary: FEELINGS[+quality][+emotional][+sensitivity][+identity][+personal]
NOTE: occurs in the plural
NOTE: a very narrow usage of Sense 1, refers to one's sense of identity

The teasing remarks of his classmates hurt the boy's feelings.
The scene at the leather bar shocked Betty's feelings of propriety and modesty.
THe boss was a bully who tended to trample on everyone's feelings.

PropBank: NM
WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 1