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12:18 Aug 7, 2006
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English term or phrase: "spidey sense"
Hmmm... seems something passed me by. Not a Spiderman fan, but it seems to be related to his uncanny sense of trouble brewing somewhere nearby. Can anyone please give me a proper English term? "sixth sense"? intuition? gut feeling?

Thanks in advance!
Sam Berner
Local time: 17:33

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4 +7extrasensory "danger" sense
Kim Metzger

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extrasensory "danger" sense

I think this should explain things:

"Spider-Senses: Spider-Man possesses an extrasensory "danger" or "spider" sense which warns him of potential immediate danger by tingling sensation in the back of his skull, and links with his superhuman kinesthetics, enabling him to evade most any injuries, unless he cognitively overrides his automatic reflexes. The precise nature of this sense is unknown. It appears to be a simultaneous clairvoyant responce to a wide variety of phenomena (everything from falling safes to speeding bullets to thrown punches), which has given several hundredths of a second's warning, which is sufficient time for his reflexes to allow him to avoid injury. The sense also can create a general response on the order of several minutes: he cannot discern the nature of the threat by the sensation. He can, however, discern the severity of the danger by the strength of his response to it. Spider-Man's fighting style incorporates the advantage that his "spidey-sense" provides him. His body begins to produce more adrenaline after the sense is triggered, an extension of the 'fight or flight syndrome.' Recently, thanks to the genetic manipulations of the Queen and the changes of the Other, Spider-man's spider-sense has improved dramatically, creating a psychic alignment with his environment, especially with other arachnids and insects, and a more empathic and sympathetic relationship with spider, his vision now allows him to see at night, (or very low-light) and sense vibrations transmitted on the hairs on his arm or on his web lines.


Kim Metzger
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Peer comments on this answer (and responses from the answerer)
agree  María Teresa Taylor Oliver: Hi, Kim :) That's a really cool database, thanks for the link ;)
52 mins

agree  vanesa medina
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agree  Can Altinbay
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agree  Refugio: Probably the term has its origin in the web vibrations that spiders for environmental awareness.
4 hrs

agree  Mark Nathan: does whatever a spider can (I've still got my suit somewhere)
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agree  Sophia Finos
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agree  AnnikaLight
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