• WordNet 3.6
    • n agitator one who agitates; a political troublemaker
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
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    • Agitator An implement for shaking or mixing.
    • Agitator (Eng. Hist) One of a body of men appointed by the army, in Cromwell's time, to look after their interests; -- called also adjutators.
    • Agitator One who agitates; one who stirs up or excites others; as, political reformers and agitators .
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n agitator One who or that which agitates. Specifically— One who engages in some kind of political agitation; one who stirs up or excites others, with the view of strengthening his own cause or party.
    • n agitator A machine for agitating and mixing; specifically, a machine for stirring pulverized ore in water.
    • n agitator A name given to certain officers appointed by the army of the English Commonwealth in 1647-9 to manage their concerns. There were two from each regiment.
    • n agitator [It has been supposed that in this sense the proper spelling of the word is adjutator, meaning not one who agitates, but one who assists. But Dr. J. A. H. Murray says: “Careful investigation satisfies me that Agitator was the actual title, and Adjutator originally only a bad spelling of soldiers familiar with Adjutants and the Adjutors of 1642.”]
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Agitator one who excites or keeps up a public agitation
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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.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. agitāre, freq. of agĕre, to put in motion. See Act.


In literature:

The communication between Choisy and Paris was incessant; never was a Court seen in greater agitation.
"Memoirs Of The Court Of Marie Antoinette, Queen Of France, Complete" by Madame Campan
Don't fret and agitate yourself about what you can't do, but do your best to do calmly what you can.
"The Young Step-Mother" by Charlotte M. Yonge
She was agitated and embarrassed now.
"The Right of Way, Complete" by Gilbert Parker
His present restlessness and suppressed agitation had been the result.
"The World For Sale, Complete" by Gilbert Parker
Somehow the agitated joy of the old man revolted Orlando.
"Wild Youth, Volume Complete" by Gilbert Parker
Sheila at once thought this to be the cause of her mother's agitation, and she reached out a hand for it.
"No Defense, Complete" by Gilbert Parker
Agitated crowds on the beach.
"The Man Upstairs" by P. G. Wodehouse
LOUISA (disengaging herself from him, greatly agitated).
"Love and Intrigue A Play" by Friedrich Schiller
It is seldom that sleep, after such violent agitation, is either sound or refreshing.
"The Antiquary, Complete" by Sir Walter Scott
Meanwhile the public mind was greatly agitated over the annexation and other, questions.
"The Great Conspiracy, Complete" by John Alexander Logan
The young fellow was so agitated he could scarcely speak.
"The History of Pendennis" by William Makepeace Thackeray
The dignified serenity of Gloucester Place, Portman Square, is agitated by the intrusion of a new inhabitant.
"What Will He Do With It, Complete" by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
What you would say would only agitate and disturb Corisande.
"Lothair" by Benjamin Disraeli
In the agitation that overpowered her, Iris actually hurried the police on their return to the town.
"Blind Love" by Wilkie Collins
Her look and manner showed serious agitation, desperately suppressed.
"Heart and Science" by Wilkie Collins
My companion was greatly agitated, however, and talked, as I thought very absurdly, about my having saved his life.
"A Dash .. .. .. For a Throne" by Arthur W. Marchmont
The abolition of the guilds had as one of its effects an agitation among the journeymen for higher wages and for better conditions of employment.
"Syndicalism in France" by Louis Levine
What was whispered down it seemed to agitate Mr Jackson a little.
"Whither Thou Goest" by William Le Queux
In pits air ejectors have proved suitable, not only as lift pumps, but also as agitators of the liquor in which goods are suspended.
"Animal Proteins" by Hugh Garner Bennett
Ever since the Pope's flight in November, he had been appealing to his friends there to agitate for a republic.
"The Life of Mazzini" by Bolton King

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:

BUFFALO — For six years, Patrick Kaleta's heard calls and insults he's merely a talentless agitator trying to thump bodies.
Conquests and Setbacks of a Corporate Agitator .
National Bulk Equipment's agitator hopper handles bulk materials known to generate combustible dust.
Al Sharpton, the "refined agitator ".
WikiLeaks' Julian Assange: 'Anarchist,' ' agitator ,' 'arrogant' and a journalist.
The Penguins' new agitator .
The Lee #9MSI heavy-duty, inclined, double-motion, scraped-surface agitator is available in a variety of specialized designs for product viscosities as high as 2 million CPS.
Sembler agitator 's latest ploy earns attention, judge's order.
In an agitator used in chemical mixing, constant speed is required for accurate production.
WikiLeaks' Julian Assange: ' Anarchist ,' 'agitator,' 'arrogant' and a journalist.
Now toss into the pan the peas , onions, celery, and carrots and sauté-agitating constantly-until the vegetables begin to wilt (remember that by quick-frying the peas you will soften them more easily and make for a much smoother soup).
Mixtures of flour and water are stored in these jacketed tanks, which also contain various agitator bars.
Judge wants to educate, not agitate.
The Lakebay man, in a vehicle behind him, became agitated.
This is not the first time that Wisconsin has been at the center of national agitation over the role of unions.

In science:

Thermal agitation makes the polymer explore different configurations.
DNA Elasticity : Topology of Self-Avoidance
But since these agitations only cause continuous changes, the polymer will remain in a single topological class.
DNA Elasticity : Topology of Self-Avoidance
In order to obtain the most efficient agitation, the fibre is secured on two points where the second point of securing is chosen at a larger distance from the point of agitation (see fig. 2).
Modal noise prediction in fibre-spectroscopy I: Visibility and the coherent model
An agitation frequency of 80 Hz (fig. 4(a)) gives the best agitation results (low SNR in the respective exposures), and the modal pattern achieves a low contrast.
Modal noise prediction in fibre-spectroscopy I: Visibility and the coherent model
Operating the agitation device at higher frequencies does not visibly improve the contrast, nor could a significant change in SNR be observed.
Modal noise prediction in fibre-spectroscopy I: Visibility and the coherent model
From laser exposures it appears that additional manual agitation would improve the result, but again no difference for the SNR-value could be measured.
Modal noise prediction in fibre-spectroscopy I: Visibility and the coherent model
These are supplemented by a set of exposures recording the fibre in the agitated state.
Modal noise prediction in fibre-spectroscopy I: Visibility and the coherent model
In order to remove any instrumental signature (e.g. beating pattern due to the bandpass-filter), the unagitated fibre exposures are flat-fielded against the exposures of the agitated fibre.
Modal noise prediction in fibre-spectroscopy I: Visibility and the coherent model
After calculating the modal noise for the unagitated fibre exposures, the same procedure was applied to the exposures of the agitated fibre to compare with the theoretical photon noise, which was directly derived from Poisson statistics.
Modal noise prediction in fibre-spectroscopy I: Visibility and the coherent model
With a few exceptions, all agitated fibre modal-noise values match with the theoretical photon noise, while always achieving significantly higher SNR-values than for the unagitated fibre.
Modal noise prediction in fibre-spectroscopy I: Visibility and the coherent model
This broad maximum behavior of magnetization curves originates from the increase in the number of spins directed parallel to the z-direction with increasing temperature, due to the thermal agitation.
Critical behavior and phase diagrams of a spin-1 Blume-Capel model with random crystal field interactions: An effective field theory analysis
This becomes evident in the most dramatic way with the ultra-high cadence and high sensitivity AIA movies where the entire corona seems to be in a stage of seamless agitation at any time including when EUV waves take place.
On the Nature and Genesis of EUV Waves: A Synthesis of Observations from SOHO, STEREO, SDO, and Hinode
For example, one can suspend the amphiphile in an aqueous medium, and the agitate the mixture by high-frequency sound waves.
Amphiphilic Membranes
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