• WordNet 3.6
    • adj agitative causing or tending to cause anger or resentment "a provoking delay at the airport"
    • ***
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Methylphenidate (Ritalin) is a medication prescribed for individuals (usually children) who have an abnormally high level of activity or attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). According to the National Institute of Mental Health, about 3 to 5 percent of the general population has the disorder, which is characterized by agitated behavior and an inability to focus on tasks. Methylphenidate also is occasionally prescribed for treating narcolepsy. Methylphenidate is a central nervous system (CNS) stimulant. It has effects similar to, but more potent than, caffeine and less potent than amphetamines. It has a notably calming effect on hyperactive children and a "focusing" effect on those with ADHD.
    • a Agitative Tending to agitate.
    • ***
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • agitative Having a tendency to agitate.
    • ***


  • 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:

Mr. Wilton was a little agitated; her son left the room.
"Endymion" by Benjamin Disraeli
Varvara Petrovna was greatly agitated and distressed.
"The Possessed" by Fyodor Dostoevsky
The old man's agitation had very much subsided by this time.
"Lady Audley's Secret" by Mary Elizabeth Braddon
However, amidst this agitation, the hours went by.
"The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete Lourdes, Rome and Paris" by Emile Zola
Her agitation in his presence, in spite of her proud bearing, was indeed evident, at least to Marcia.
"The Coryston Family" by Mrs. Humphry Ward
Brute force cannot put down the peaceable and legal agitation of the question of her rights and interests.
"The Complete Works of Whittier The Standard Library Edition with a linked Index" by John Greenleaf Whittier
In a moment the school broke up with an agitated and tumultuous uproar.
"Vivian Grey" by Earl of Beaconsfield, Benjamin Disraeli
Meanwhile, in the spring of 1838, the question of Immediate Emancipation was agitated throughout the country.
"The History of the Rise, Progress and Accomplishment of the" by Thomas Clarkson
The political agitations of 1848.
"Beacon Lights of History, Volume X" by John Lord
She made no definite response to the invitation, which surprised, agitated, and flattered her.
"Hilda Lessways" by Arnold Bennett
Sigh after sigh burst from the agitated breast.
"Phantom Fortune, A Novel" by M. E. Braddon
But, in a few hours, agitation ensues; all appears a scene of tumult in the hive.
"New observations on the natural history of bees" by Francis Huber
In Ireland, matters were stirred up by Daniel O'Connell, who now commenced an agitation for the repeal of the union with England.
"A History of the Nineteenth Century, Year by Year" by Edwin Emerson
Mark had not failed to notice the restlessness and agitation of his manner.
"The Slave of Silence" by Fred M. White
Although I could see that he was agitated, I did not ask him the reason.
"Waldfried" by Berthold Auerbach
But the last letter he read seemed to agitate him to an unwonted degree.
"The Intriguers" by William Le Queux
On the 10th there was agitation in the camp.
"The Student's Life of Washington; Condensed from the Larger Work of Washington Irving" by Washington Irving
But for one who loved comfort above everything Rachel was an agitating person.
"The Duchess of Wrexe" by Hugh Walpole
Mr. Halliburton was evidently not ill; but he was agitated.
"Mrs. Halliburton's Troubles" by Mrs. Henry Wood
There was great agitation in the Convent of St. Clair.
"History of the Reformation in the Sixteenth Century, Vol 2" by J. H. Merle D'Aubigné

In poetry:

Onward! their motto is;
Agitate! their plan;
Emancipate! their cry;
Make the slave a man.
"Lines Inscribed To Benjamin Lundy, Esq." by Benjamin Cutler Clark
"I will not leave you comfortless:"
With thoughts like these the soul may rest,
And smile, unsaddened by distress,
And still the agitated breast,
And feel that pain itself is blest.
""I will not leave You comfortless"" by John Bowring
This night, agitated by the growing storm,
how it has suddenly expanded its dimensions—,
that ordinarily would have gone unnoticed,
like a cloth folded, and hidden in the folds of time.
"Night (This night, agitated" by Rainer Maria Rilke
Give us a chance to speak with 'em,
An' tell 'em 'ow they're cursed.
Give us an hour a week with them
So they can know the worst.
'Ow can the crowd know they are slaves
Unless the agitator raves?
"The Day of Unrest" by C J Dennis
Poor Annie did not speak, she remained quite mute,
And with agitation she trembled from head to foot,
The poor girl was in a dilemma, she knew not what to say,
And owing to Matthew training her, she couldn't say him nay.
"Annie Marshall the Foundling" by William Topaz McGonagall
Let others promulge the laws—I will make no account of the laws;
Let others praise eminent men and hold up peace—I hold up agitation
and conflict;
I praise no eminent man—I rebuke to his face the one that was
thought most worthy.
"Myself And Mine" by Walt Whitman

In news:

WikiLeaks' Julian Assange: 'Anarchist,' 'agitator,' ' arrogant ' and a journalist.
Basically, when the conditions are right in the ocean, large concentrations of algae are agitated causing the surface glow as the waves crash.
JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel is sounding increasingly agitated over what it views as American dithering with economic sanctions too weak to force Iran to end its suspected drive toward nuclear weapons.
Their attitude shifted from agitated to optimistic.
CAIR , perennial agitator for language purges and "hate speech" regulation, is suddenly the champion of First Amendment free expression.
And it has dangerous and bizarre side effects including paranoia, agitation, violence and hallucinations.
Utilizing chilling technology, IJ White's Hydro Pouch chiller lowers internal product temperature by employing intermittent pouch agitation.
I have a question about calculating the 'U' value when a jacketed pressure vessel is either (1) not agitated at all, or (2) agitated using a pump, not an impeller.
Van Dyke Parks, 'SMiLE' Collaborator , Aims to 'Agitate' With Solo Music.
A simulated skylight in the new geriatric emergency room at Mount Sinai Hospital is intended to help patients with end-of-the-day agitation and confusion.
The icer uses a double-walled, heated and agitated tank with a variable frequency pump and filter assembly.
An Alitalia Flight heading to Rome from Paris was forced to make a detour stop in Libya on Sunday after a passenger grew increasingly agitated mid-journey.
In Civil Rights Alabama, they were too often branded "outside agitators".
The hydraulically controlled agitator can operate at a different speed than the rest of the machine.
A swarm of agitated speakers made itself explicitly clear at Monday's meeting of the Economic Development Authority: residents who live on Forest Lake strongly oppose the idea of a downtown marina.

In science:

But since these agitations only cause continuous changes, the polymer will remain in a single topological class.
DNA Elasticity : Topology of Self-Avoidance
Answering such questions is certainly more interesting than agitating useless polemics about an inexistent and irrelevant “disproving”.
"Disproof of Bell's Theorem" : more critics
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
Shown are the farfields (slit removed) at different strengths of fibre-agitation (from left to right): No agitation; agitation 1.5 Hz; agitation 80 Hz; additional manual agitation.
Modal noise prediction in fibre-spectroscopy I: Visibility and the coherent model
Fibre agitation and slit unit (fig. 2(b) and fig. 3); After the fibre input, the fibre is attached to a loudspeaker allowing the fibre to be agitated (for flat-field image acquisition).
Modal noise prediction in fibre-spectroscopy I: Visibility and the coherent model
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