- noun /ˌsɪnɛsˈθiːʒə/a) A physiological or psychological phenomenon whereby a particular sensory stimulus triggers a second kind of sensation. For example, reading the letter r may trigger the visual sensation of the colour purple in the mind or the eye of the synaesthete (grapheme → colour synaesthesia); or, more rarely, for example, the phoneme /l/ may elicit the taste of mince (lexical → gustatory synaesthesia).
Into her darkness, a churning synaesthesia, where her pain was the taste of old iron, scent of melon, wings of a moth brushing her cheek.b) A literary device whereby one kind of sensation is described in the terms of another.
Then these melodies turn to ice as real night music takes over, pianos and vibes erecting clusters in the high brittle octaves and a clarinet wandering across like a crack on a pond. Saxes doing the same figure eight over and over again.See Also: synaesthete
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synaesthesia — synaesthesia, synaesthetic chiefly Brit var of SYNESTHESIA, SYNESTHETIC … Medical dictionary
synaesthesia — (n.) also synesthesia, sensation in one part of the body produced by stimulus in another, 1881, in some cases via French, from Mod.L., from Gk. syn together + stem aisthe to feel, perceive. Also psychologically, of the senses (colors having an… … Etymology dictionary
synaesthesia — UK [ˌsɪnɪsˈθiːzɪə] / US [ˌsɪnəsθɪʒə] or synesthesia UK / US noun [uncountable] medical a condition in which two or more of the five senses that most people experience separately are mixed so that, for example, a person may see colour when they… … English dictionary
synaesthesia — [sin΄is thē′zhə, sin΄is thē′zhē ə, sin΄is thē′zē ə] n. alt. sp. of SYNESTHESIA synaesthetic [sin΄isthet′ik] adj … English World dictionary
synaesthesia — Also known as synesthesia, synaesthetic hallucination, synaesthetic experience, reflex false perception, secondary sensation, and secondary sense perceptions (German: sekundären Sinnesempfindungen). The term synaesthesia comes from the Greek… … Dictionary of Hallucinations
synaesthesia — chiefly British variant of synesthesia … New Collegiate Dictionary
synaesthesia — synaesthetic /sin is thet ik/, adj. /sin is thee zheuh, zhee euh, zee euh/, n. synesthesia. * * * … Universalium
synaesthesia — Confusion between the senses, as when musical notes are experienced as coloured … Philosophy dictionary
synaesthesia — n. process in which one type of sensation produces a secondary subjective sensation (as when one sees a particular color in response to certain music) … English contemporary dictionary
synaesthesia — See the alternative spelling … Glossary of Art Terms