• WordNet 3.6
    • adj agitating causing or tending to cause anger or resentment "a provoking delay at the airport"
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
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    • agitating Disturbing; exciting; moving.
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  • Lord Byron
    “It is odd but agitation or contest of any kind gives a rebound to my spirits and sets me up for a time.”
  • Jawaharlal Nehru
    “The purely agitation attitude is not good enough for a detailed consideration of a subject.”
  • Marcus T. Cicero
    “It shows a brave and resolute spirit not to be agitated in exciting circumstances.”
  • Alfred Adler
    “The greater the feeling of inferiority that has been experienced, the more powerful is the urge to conquest and the more violent the emotional agitation.”
  • Agnes Repplier
    “The pessimist is seldom an agitating individual. His creed breeds indifference to others, and he does not trouble himself to thrust his views upon the unconvinced.”
  • Ovid
    “Minds that are ill at ease are agitated by both hope and fear.”


In literature:

But most of all he dreaded the supreme agitation of love.
"The Divine Fire" by May Sinclair
Now that his daughter was made the subject of them, he was profoundly agitated.
"The Shadow of a Crime A Cumbrian Romance" by Hall Caine
They had given their property and their lives to the anti-slavery agitation.
"The Promise Of American Life" by Herbert David Croly
There was no delightful agitation about the future that lay before us.
"The Doctor's Dilemma" by Hesba Stretton
The character of the agitation among the factory workers stamps it as ephemeral.
"A History of Trade Unionism in the United States" by Selig Perlman
The agitation succeeded rapidly.
"The Felon's Track" by Michael Doheny
This sort of ostrich fury is common enough among the regular drumbeaters of the Irish agitation.
"Ireland Under Coercion (2nd ed.) (2 of 2) (1888)" by William Henry Hurlbert
There could be no agitation after the agitators were abolished.
"William Lloyd Garrison" by Archibald H. Grimke
We were quiet from the agitation of the slavery question.
"Speeches and Letters of Abraham Lincoln, 1832-1865" by Abraham Lincoln
Pepeeta retired at once to her room, but her mind was too much excited and her heart too much agitated for slumber.
"The Redemption of David Corson" by Charles Frederic Goss
I was more surprised than he, for I expected that he would be greatly agitated at my unaccountable appearance.
"Life in a Thousand Worlds" by William Shuler Harris
I think she in turn was frightened at my extreme agitation.
"Uncle Silas" by J. S. LeFanu
He took, in particular, an active part in the agitation against slavery.
"The English Utilitarians, Volume II (of 3)" by Leslie Stephen
Mr. Bonnithorne did not appear to see his agitation.
"A Son of Hagar" by Sir Hall Caine
Her manner also by this time evinced a greater and a deeper agitation.
"The Cryptogram" by James De Mille
The hurried, agitated peal seemed more urgent than if the summons had been steadily given by a practised hand.
"Shirley" by Charlotte Brontë
They therefore agitated for the responsibility of the executive council to the legislative assembly.
"George Brown" by John Lewis
She was far more animated than usual, almost a little agitated.
"Sir Tom" by Mrs. Oliphant
One day the master of the house, a scholar, was thrown into great agitation over the loss of a valuable manuscript.
"The German Classics, v. 20" by Various
How absurd to be resuming the agitation which such an interval had banished into distance and indistinctness!
"The Complete Project Gutenberg Works of Jane Austen" by Jane Austen

In poetry:

A yelping, clamorous, unruly clan;
A small bald, agitated, snapping man;
And, as they raved, his fist he fiercely shook -
His name was COOK.
"The Mountain Laboured" by C J Dennis
“Those wedding bells shall not ring out!”
She cried - all agitated
“For her name is not Dick Whittington
And she hasn’t been vaccinated.”
"The Wedding That Never Was" by Billy Bennett
But when the great crisis comes,
our daring and our resolution vanish;
our soul is agitated, paralyzed;
and we run around the walls
seeking to save ourselves in flight.
"Trojans" by Constantine P Cavafy
A spring wind on the Bowery,
Blowing the fluff of night shelters
Off bedraggled garments,
And agitating the gutters, that eject little spirals of vapor
Like lewd growths.
"Spring" by Lola Ridge
He seized the glass. Across the silent water,
Now green, now white with agitated foam,
In line ahead, were British ships advancing
Each minute they were nearer to his home.
"The Lieutenant" by Konstantin Simonov
When the ancient agitator and his brothers carried swags
I've no doubt he very often tramped with empty tucker-bags
And I'm glad he's Heaven's picket, for I hate explainin' things
And he'll think a union ticket just as good as Whitely King's
"Saint Peter" by Henry Lawson

In news:

Jeb Bush's ' heresy ' agitates the Republican Party.
Additionally, the small agitator has five impellers on the shaft, whereas the production unit has three.
But students keep agitating through 'Tubman News Network' Youtube channel.
The heart of the system is a new agitator bead mill.
He slept poorly, agitated by the injustice of it.
Synthetic drug 'bath salts' causes psychosis , agitation and paranoia.
We spoke with three leading design agitators about how and why we all need to get involved.
Beware the agitating rabble -rouser.
Beware the agitating rabble-rouser .
Retort agitation process opens door to new products.
The last time Jon Rauch gave up a game-winning home run to the Yankees, the reliever was agitated, cursing himself out on his overall performance on the year.
Sandy Aitken's incessant note-taking during the murder trial of her nephew's wife, Darlie Routier , agitated prosecutors and even the judge.
Anti-Scientology agitators have repeatedly harassed and threatened violence against a 59-year-old PG&E worker and his wife, who were mistakenly flagged as pro-Scientology hackers.
The Situation, Philip Haas's deftly-paced, well-written, and brilliantly infuriating Iraq War thriller is not only the strongest of recent geopolitical hotspot flicks but one that has been designed for maximal agitation.
Last year, a Whirlpool joint venture began manufacturing compact washers with specially designed agitators that won't tangle saris , the flowing outfits worn by many Indian women.

In science:

The Matsuno group (2001) has reported the coherent alignment of induced magnetic dipoles in ATP-activated actomyosin complexes that was maintained over the entire filament even in the presence of thermal agitations causing rapid decoherence.
Magnetism, FeS colloids, and Origins of Life
Optimal material is achieved by controlling the rate of plating (i.e. current density at the Cu surface), manipulation of electrode surface boundary layers (via agitation, reverse pulse plating, etc.), and the use of crystal growth inhibiting chemicals.
The Majorana Neutrinoless Double-Beta Decay Experiment
The experimental apparatus consists of fibre input, fibre agitator, slit unit and spectrograph.
Modal noise prediction in fibre-spectroscopy I: Visibility and the coherent model
Figure 2. (a) Fibre input: The focus position can be controlled with the aid of a microscope in order to obtain optimal fibre illumination; (b) Fibre agitation scheme: The fibre is fixed at two points with a large free length in between.
Modal noise prediction in fibre-spectroscopy I: Visibility and the coherent model
An agitator is used to produce large deflections in this region.
Modal noise prediction in fibre-spectroscopy I: Visibility and the coherent model
LeSage was interested in the causal mechanisms which he believed must underly Newtonian gravitation theory and he proposed the existence of an isotropic and homogeneous substratum (in modern terms, a material vacuum) consisting of microscopic particles in states of agitated motion.
Flatness in disc galaxy dynamics without MOND or dark matter
For one body alone in this agitated substratum, the overall effect of the transferred momentum was seen to be neutral.
Flatness in disc galaxy dynamics without MOND or dark matter
For example, the median life of a bearing for a certain washing machine agitator is 12 years, based on an assumed use rate of 8 loads per week.
A Review of Accelerated Test Models
The conference was formally titled: “The Cosmic Agitator: Magnetic Fields in the Galaxy.” A coincidental reason for the conference was to celebrate the 60th birthday of Thomas H.
Conference Summary: The Cosmic Agitator - Magnetic Fields in the Galaxy
NDS)(Acros chemicals) Ammoniacal silver solution: To prepare 500 ml of this solution,(sufficient for a batch of 4 gels) place 480 ml of water in a flask under strong magnetic agitation.
Silver Staining of Proteins in 2DE Gels
NDS)(Acros chemicals). Ammoniacal silver solution: To prepare 500 ml of this solution,(sufficient for a batch of 4 gels) place 480 ml of water in a flask under strong magnetic agitation.
Silver Staining of Proteins in 2DE Gels
This is simply achieved by immediate agitation of the box. Do not expect the appearance of the major spots before 3 minutes of development. The spot intensity reaches a plateau after 15-20 minutes of development, and then background appears.
Silver Staining of Proteins in 2DE Gels
As regards the temperature dependence of χk , because χk (T , B = 0) is the initial slope of MB ,k , it always increases as the thermal agitation is reduced.
On the Statics and Dynamics of Magneto-Anisotropic Nanoparticles
Indeed, at high temperatures (ξ ≪ 1), χk also increases with decreasing thermal agitation.
On the Statics and Dynamics of Magneto-Anisotropic Nanoparticles
Then, the increase of the thermal agitation permits ~m to (statistically) separate from the poles and the (transverse) response increases.
On the Statics and Dynamics of Magneto-Anisotropic Nanoparticles