• WordNet 3.6
    • n excitation something that agitates and arouses "he looked forward to the excitements of the day"
    • n excitation the neural or electrical arousal of an organ or muscle or gland
    • n excitation the state of being emotionally aroused and worked up "his face was flushed with excitement and his hands trembled","he tried to calm those who were in a state of extreme inflammation"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

At a meeting of a gentlemen's club, men excitedly discuss a public figure that the media has recently exposed At a meeting of a gentlemen's club, men excitedly discuss a public figure that the media has recently exposed
The Exciting Sport of Ski Running The Exciting Sport of Ski Running

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Catnip can affect lions and tigers as well as house cats. It excites them because it contains a chemical that resembles an excretion of the dominant female's urine. Cats have 32 muscles in each ear.
    • Excitation The act of exciting or putting in motion; the act of rousing up or awakening.
    • Excitation (Physiol) The act of producing excitement (stimulation); also, the excitement produced.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: In the 19th century, craftsmen who made hats were known to be excitable and irrational, as well as to tremble with palsy and mix up their words. Such behavior gave rise to the familiar expression "mad as a hatter". The disorder, called hatter's shakes, was caused by chronic mercury poisoning from the solution used to treat the felt. Attacking the central nervous system, the toxin led to behavioral symptoms.
    • n excitation The act of exciting or rousing to action; a stirring up or awakening.
    • n excitation The state of being excited; excitement.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Excitation act of exciting: means of excitement: state of excitement
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  • Mira Sorvino
    Mira Sorvino
    “You know how in high school you do these plays and people come up after the show and they're really excited for you? Well, that's what's happening to me right now.”
  • KaThe Kollwitz
    KaThe Kollwitz
    “For the last third of life there remains only work. It alone is always stimulating, rejuvenating, exciting and satisfying.”
  • Edgar Allan Poe
    “Beauty of whatever kind, in its supreme development, invariably excites the sensitive soul to tears.”
  • Thomas Carlyle
    “The best effect of any book, is that it excites the reader to self-activity.”
  • Lord Beaverbrook
    Lord Beaverbrook
    “Business is more exciting than any game.”
  • Warren Beatty
    Warren Beatty
    “For me, the highest level of sexual excitement is in a monogamous relationship.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. excitatio,: cf. F. excitation,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. excitāre, -ātumexciēreex, out, ciēre, to set in motion.


In literature:

He was keeping everyone excited.
"Kenny" by Leona Dalrymple
One could see how fearfully the interview had excited him.
"The Northern Light" by E. Werner
These kissed my hand and then, excitedly pointing to the old man, all talking at once, tried to tell his story.
"In Indian Mexico (1908)" by Frederick Starr
The "Princess's" excitement was no less tense than the fortunate winner's.
"The Grey Wig: Stories and Novelettes" by Israel Zangwill
He was excited, and, try as he would, he could not keep his excitement from showing.
"The Plastic Age" by Percy Marks
She lay face to the stars, half sobbing with excitement and disappointment.
"The Heart of the Desert" by Honoré Willsie Morrow
Baffled curiosity was exciting her.
"The Mormon Prophet" by Lily Dougall
Lucia, eager and excited, snatched Maria's hand and pulled her into the very center of the crowd.
"Lucia Rudini" by Martha Trent
This empty place excited her as a loud, fierce, savage noise excites.
"Bella Donna" by Robert Hichens
There was a great excitement against him.
"Salem Witchcraft, Volumes I and II" by Charles Upham

In poetry:

I see brightly
In the wind vacancies
Saint Thomas Aquinas
And Poetry blossoms
As the first flower of truth.
"March" by Patrick Kavanagh
Exciting adventures are fun to hear
With brave men and women
And boys and girls,
Strange places, and danger—and fear.
"Joseph's Family Move to Egypt" by Doris Clore Demaree
I've seen excitement raging high
Throughout this wide domain,
Because some slaves had dared to fly
From slav'ry's galling chain.
"I've Seen" by Benjamin Cutler Clark
"As jolly as it used to be—
when we were very young," said he.
We saw—and our excitement grew—
Majestic Jumbo's swaying stride:
"AT THE ZOO" by Wilhelmina Stitch
If one sex mounts her beauty high,
'Twill in another raise a sigh.
Nay, some would even take an oath
That she excites a sigh in both.
"The Wager" by William Hutton
My base and honourable birth
Excites my mourning, and my mirth;
I'm poor, yet stock'd with untold rent;
Most weak, and yet omnipotent.
"The Believer's Riddle; or, the Mystery of Faith" by Ralph Erskine

In news:

This post is second in a series profiling some audacious and exciting startups.
I got very excited when Variety asked me to write my thoughts on being in the Oval Office, because this is a subject I've thought about once or twice.
There's no lack of wireless tabletop speakers for smartphone-totting music listeners, so a new one has to be something special to garner any excitement.
Projects, and so I was super excited when I received an email from The Gap that had something to say other than a 20% off sale or an announcement of the latest goods to hit stores.
Watching a billfish rise to a hookless teaser ranks as one of the most exciting experiences in fishing.
In California and beyond, a sense of place is what excites today's wine consumers.
I haven't been this excited since I got to sleep in after 8am…and that was a long time ago.
NFL ball boy isn't exactly the most exciting job in the National Football League so a kid has to make it seem like it's a Super Bowl moment every time he chases after a ball.
Paleontologists were called in, and they quickly became excited.
Big Joe Henry is live from the QuickChek NJ Festival of Ballooning at Solberg Airport in Readington today from 10AM-3PM on what promises to be an exciting day with Smokey Robinson on stage tonight.
Tonight I am super excited to share with you the brand new song from another legend, Jackyl.
One special place has served as an exciting muse for designer Trina Turk: Palm Springs, Calif.
Along with a lot of other people in Centre County, I'm excited about the return of the Banff Mountain Film Festival, an international film competition featuring a variety of films on mountain culture and environmental subjects.
It's an exciting time, with both President Obama and challenger Mitt Romney out there on the campaign trail, eating rubber chicken, shaking hands and kissing babies with reckless abandon.
Clementine Shoes (www. clementines .com) is hosting a very special and exciting trunk show on Saturday, August 18, 2012 from 2 to 6 pm giving shoppers the opportunity to score pieces from one of Seattle's top emerging designers.

In science:

Here, we are interested in the converse, i.e., in the excitation and decay rate of “up” modes, i.e., the excitation and decay rate of a higher multipole mode than the one initially excited.
Late-time Kerr tails: generic and non-generic initial data sets, "up" modes, and superposition
We attribute the problem to our calculation of a mode that is a second–order excited “up” mode, i.e., the ℓ = 4 excited mode from an initial ℓ′ = 0 mode.
Late-time Kerr tails: generic and non-generic initial data sets, "up" modes, and superposition
It is in some loose sense a “partial scattering matrix,” that includes (partial) information on the excitation amplitude for each of the excitation channels corresponding with a preparation state of the initial data.
Late-time Kerr tails: generic and non-generic initial data sets, "up" modes, and superposition
With (11) we obtain a satisfying description of all mesonic ground state excitation spectra simultaneously if we associate the quantum numbers hLM i with the corresponding mesonic excitation states.
Fractional quantum numbers deduced from experimental ground state meson spectra
Thus, there will be many excited atoms in the cluster whose neighbor is also excited.
Ultrafast interatomic electronic decay in multiply excited clusters