• WordNet 3.6
    • n excitement disturbance usually in protest
    • n excitement something that agitates and arouses "he looked forward to the excitements of the day"
    • n excitement the feeling of lively and cheerful joy "he could hardly conceal his excitement when she agreed"
    • n excitement 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.
    • Excitement (Physiol) A state of aroused or increased vital activity in an organism, or any of its organs or tissues.
    • Excitement That which excites or rouses; that which moves, stirs, or induces action; a motive. "The cares and excitements of a season of transition and struggle."
    • Excitement The act of exciting, or the state of being roused into action, or of having increased action; impulsion; agitation; as, an excitement of the people.
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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 excitement The act of exciting; stimulation.
    • n excitement The state of being excited or roused into action; agitation; sensation; commotion: as, the news caused great excitement; an excitement of the people.
    • n excitement In medicine, a state of increased, and especially unduly increased, activity in the body or in any of its parts.
    • n excitement That which excites or rouses; that which moves, stirs, or induces action; a motive.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Excitement agitation: that which excites
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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.”
  • Edna Ferber
    Edna Ferber
    “A woman can look both moral and exciting -- if she also looks as if it was quite a struggle.”
  • Charles Lamb
    “Newspapers always excite curiosity. No one ever puts one down without the feeling of disappointment.”
  • A. A. Milne
    A. A. Milne
    “One of the advantages of being disorderly is that one is constantly making exciting discoveries.”
  • Winston Churchill
    “Politics are almost as exciting as war, and quite as dangerous. In war you can only be killed once, but in politics many times.”
  • Warren Beatty
    Warren Beatty
    “For me, the highest level of sexual excitement is in a monogamous relationship.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. OF. excitement, escitement,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. excitāre, -ātumexciēreex, out, ciēre, to set in motion.


In literature:

Fine music, from the vague emotions thus excited, causes a shiver to run down the backs of some persons.
"The Expression of Emotion in Man and Animals" by Charles Darwin
The plunge into the open air and the excitement of the start encouraged Will to believe that he could hold out.
"Last of the Great Scouts" by Helen Cody Wetmore
When I went indoors to my uncle's house I was excited.
"Martin Hyde, The Duke's Messenger" by John Masefield
The momentary excitement brought Mr. Oakhurst back to the fire with his usual calm.
"Selected Stories" by Bret Harte
Thus the indignation excited by his claims and the scorn excited by his concessions went on growing together.
"The History of England from the Accession of James II." by Thomas Babington Macaulay
Every one promptly forgot Takahiro in the excitement of the game we were all playing.
"When a Man Marries" by Mary Roberts Rinehart
There was a gleam in his eye, betraying excitement.
"Wildfire" by Zane Grey
His mission, therefore, put the government to scarcely any charge, and excited scarcely any murmurs.
"The History of England from the Accession of James II." by Thomas Babington Macaulay
Anna Mikhaylovna was standing beside the princess, and they were both speaking in excited whispers.
"War and Peace" by Leo Tolstoy
Nor could Sancroft bear to think that the animosity which he had excited would die with himself.
"The History of England from the Accession of James II." by Thomas Babington Macaulay

In poetry:

Wind and beauty thus inviting,
Each to different joys exciting,
Whither shall my choice incline?
"The Captivity" by Oliver Goldsmith
And some cry shame on Asselin,
Such tumult to excite,
Some say, it was Duke William's sin,
And Asselin does right.
"The Burial of William - the Conqueror" by Robert Fuller Murray
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
We must not get excited.
Calls and their callers drowned. Or, my beloved
Gave me a few words before she left,
To bring up for her.
"And We Shall Not Get Excited" by Yehuda Amichai

In news:

Peter Lichtenthal, president of Bumble and bumble , shared some exciting news with me recently.
Indians' Bunting excited about his first season.
Madison – Almost every season, Wisconsin coach Bret Bielema talks about how excited he is to reward a walk-on with a scholarship.
People are excited about the reopening of the Burr Oak Lodge in Morgan County.
Investors excited about Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson's decision to bail out Citigroup are thrilled to see their portfolios rise in value, but some news media are reporting that taxpayers shouldn't be as thrilled.
We're getting ready for the 2012 Regional Business-To-Business EXPO Oct 24 and are super excited for the keynote presentation by John Formica.
We're excited to invite you to the November breakfast of the Christian Businessmen 's Network, featuring none other than UNLV Head Basketball Coach DAVE RICE.
Just when I started getting excited for summer, the CDC shared some pretty disturbing news: According to a study released last week, "young adults" (men and women ages 18 to 29) don't always practice safe sunning.
This year's event revealed exciting new ventures on the horizon for the South African wine industry.
Even a pre-dawn embargo break couldn't put a damper on this morning's press conference by the Toronto Film Festival, at which one of the most exciting lineups in years was formally announced.
We are excited to announce the return of the national Writing By Degrees annual conference.
Economic uncertainty or no, franchising remains an exciting option for those who want to test the entrepreneurial waters.
The cabbages used for the third-grade program are known for producing giant, oversized heads, making the process even more exciting for kids.
Cadillac's new large car has lots of tech and a cushy ride but lacks excitement.
Although April is not ushering in Spring like it should, it is still an exciting month for wine guys, because in the spring all the wineries send reps to the store to taste their goods, in anticipation of the sales this summer.

In science:

While we routinely measure ¯νz during QND detection of cyclotron and spin states, this self-excited oscillation frequency includes an amplitude-dependent anharmonic shift from the low-amplitude, thermally excited axial motion during cyclotron and anomaly excitation attempts.
Cavity Control of a Single-Electron Quantum Cyclotron:\\Measuring the Electron Magnetic Moment
In both the photo-excited and thermal-excited states, Nef f increase with increasing α. A number of the photo-induced effective carrier is much larger than that of the thermal-excited one.
Photo-induced spin-state change in itinerant correlated-electron system
FIG. 3: Calculated resonance Raman excitation profile for excitation from the ground vibrational state to the first excited vibrational state, with coupling (solid line) and without coupling (dashed line).
Curve crossing induced dissociation : An analytically solvable model
To be regarded as mediated by some kinds of elementary excitations of the system, V (k, k′ ) must be a function only of the momentum and energy (q = k − k′ ) of elementary excitations excited in the intermediate states.
Evaluation of Spin-Triplet Superconductivity in Sr2RuO4
Since the lowest excitation in this phase is a spin-triplet excitation with a finite excitation gap, this phase is called an incompressible spin liquid phase.
One Dimensional Kondo Lattice Model Studied by the Density Matrix Renormalization Group Method