• WordNet 3.6
    • adj stimulant that stimulates "stimulant phenomena"
    • n stimulant a drug that temporarily quickens some vital process
    • n stimulant any stimulating information or event; acts to arouse action
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The word "laser" stands for "Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission by radiation."
    • Stimulant (Physiol. & Med) An agent which produces a temporary increase of vital activity in the organism, or in any of its parts; -- sometimes used without qualification to signify an alcoholic beverage used as a stimulant.
    • Stimulant (Physiol) Produced increased vital action in the organism, or in any of its parts.
    • Stimulant Serving to stimulate.
    • Stimulant That which stimulates, provokes, or excites. "His feelings had been exasperated by the constant application of stimulants ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The reason why locusts swarm are because when they are in groups, a "hot-spot" behind their hind legs is stimulated, which in turn causes their destructive nature. A large swarm of locusts can eat eighty thousand tons of corn in a day
    • stimulant Stimulating; serving to stimulate, incite, or provoke; specifically, in physiology, temporarily quickening some functional or trophic process.
    • n stimulant That which stimulates, provokes, or incites; a stimulus; a spur.
    • n stimulant In physiology, an agent which temporarily quickens some functional or trophic process. It may act directly on the tissue concerned, or may excite the nerves which effect the process or paralyze the nerves which inhibit it. Stimulants comprise certain medicinal substances, as ammonia, alcohol, ethylic ether, as well as physical conditions, such as warmth, cold, light, or electricity, esthetic effects, as music and other products of art, and emotions of various kinds, as joy, hope, etc. Stimulants have been divided into general and topical, according as they affect directly or indirectly the whole system or only a particular part.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Beethoven used to pour cold water over his head to stimulate his brain before sitting down to compose.
    • adj Stimulant stim′ū-lant stimulating: increasing or exciting vital action
    • n Stimulant anything that stimulates or excites: a stimulating medicine that increases the activity of the vital functions generally, or of one system or organ
    • n Stimulant that which stimulates or excites
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  • KaThe Kollwitz
    KaThe Kollwitz
    “For the last third of life there remains only work. It alone is always stimulating, rejuvenating, exciting and satisfying.”
  • Ray L. Wilbur
    Ray L. Wilbur
    “The potential possibilities of any child are the most intriguing and stimulating in all creation.”
  • Anne Morrow Lindbergh
    “Good communication is as stimulating as black coffee, and just as hard to sleep after.”
  • Katharine Hepburn
    “Enemies are so stimulating.”
  • Minna Antrim
    “Enthusiasms, like stimulants, are often affected by people with small mental ballast.”
  • Norman Vincent Peale
    “Your enthusiasm will be infectious, stimulating and attractive to others. They will love you for it. They will go for you and with you.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. stimulans, p. pr.; cf. F. stimulant,. See Stimulate


In literature:

Getting it as I do, as habitual diet, it is not remarkably stimulating.
"The History of Sir Richard Calmady" by Lucas Malet
The womb and the breasts are bound together by very strong sympathies: that which excites the one will stimulate the other.
"The Physical Life of Woman:" by Dr. George H Napheys
It was a strange fact, however, that the announcement was like a hot stimulant in her blood.
"The Snowshoe Trail" by Edison Marshall
The stimulation is supplied by the salts also secreted by these glands.
"The Biology, Physiology and Sociology of Reproduction" by Winfield S. Hall
The commerce between Europe and India stimulated trade in western Europe as well.
"Commercial Geography" by Jacques W. Redway
They were stimulated to effort by the success of some of their fellow miners.
"Ben's Nugget" by Horatio, Jr. Alger
At all events a man could spend hours in her stimulating company and know exactly where he stood.
"Black Oxen" by Gertrude Franklin Horn Atherton
Hygienic measures, good food, tonics, and antiseptic and stimulating applications are curative.
"Essentials of Diseases of the Skin" by Henry Weightman Stelwagon
They were stimulated to the highest flights of wit.
"The Huntress" by Hulbert Footner
The pride with which she ignored them was stimulated by her sense of inferiority.
"The Fighting Edge" by William MacLeod Raine

In poetry:

Should glory stimulate,
And daring deeds propose,
That only fame I'd emulate,
To triumph in the cross.
"Hymn II" by William Duke
I trust in Heaven!
The God of battle stimulates my arm,
And fires my soul with ardour not its own.
"David And Goliath. A Sacred Drama" by Hannah More
Who of no party, yet both far and near,
In distant wilderness and crowded mart,
With words that rouse and stimulate and cheer,
Has drawn the whole Dominion to your heart.
"Farewell To Lord And Lady Dufferin" by Nora Pembroke
In fair San Francisco a good man did dwell,
And he wrote out a will, for he didn't feel well.
Said he: "It is proper, when making a gift,
To stimulate virtue by comforting thrift."
"The Legatee" by Ambrose Bierce
The tympanum with perfect drum
Hears not the sound when armies come
With clarion notes and song,
Unless its stimulated nerve
Has fully learned to humbly serve
In stations which belong
"The Five Senses" by Jared Barhite

In news:

Pump up lashes with stimulants and conditioners.
Even in its now-soggy state, New York promises the most competitive and stimulating environment for graduating art students — and unlivable rents.
Conversely, brainstorming sessions are one of the worst possible ways to stimulate creativity.
It stimulates the secretion of somatomedins from the liver, which are a family of insulin-like growth factor (IGF) hormones.
I sometimes wonder if all this stimulation my multi-tasking brain is getting is good for it.
Erotica is something that stimulates the mind and stirs the body.
Stimulants and adherence to good sleep routines can alleviate symptoms.
5-Year-Old Seizure-Free Thanks To Vegas Nerve Stimulator.
Stimulating Big Brother in a flash .
We're going to continue with our ideas to stimulate Chautauqua County.
Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation To Improve How You Process What You See.
China's Workers in No Need of Stimulation .
One man beats the odds and survives a bad motorcycle accident WJBF News Channel 6's Kimberely Scott takes us on his road to recovery, with the help of Functional Electrical Stimulation at Walton Reha (more).
Study Explores Electrical Stimulation as an Aid to Memory.
Surprise finding in response to nipple stimulation .

In science:

Stimulated by the success of the chiral random matrix theory in the description of universal properties of the Dirac eigenvalues, the random matrix model is extended to nonzero temperature and chemical potential.
Random Matrix Theory and Chiral Symmetry in QCD
Greffet for the many stimulating discussions.
Transport mean free path for Magneto-Transverse Light Diffusion: an alternative approach
We thank Xavier Leroy, Didier Remy, Amr Sabry, and Miley Semmelroth for stimulating discussions about this work.
From Syntactic Theories to Interpreters: A Specification Language and Its Compilation
The stimulated radiation is the result of this instability.
Influence of guiding magnetic field on emission of stimulated photons in generators utilizing periodic slow-wave structures
Wang for stimulating discussions on the topic.
On the solutions of the Cartan equation in Metric Affine Gravity