• WordNet 3.6
    • n stimulation mutual sexual fondling prior to sexual intercourse
    • n stimulation the act of arousing an organism to action
    • n stimulation any stimulating information or event; acts to arouse action
    • n stimulation (physiology) the effect of a stimulus (on nerves or organs etc.)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The colours yellow, red, and orange are used in fast food restaraunts because those are the colours that stimulate hunger
    • Stimulation The act of stimulating, or the state of being stimulated.
    • Stimulation (Physiol) The irritating action of various agents (stimuli) on muscles, nerves, or a sensory end organ, by which activity is evoked; especially, the nervous impulse produced by various agents on nerves, or a sensory end organ, by which the part connected with the nerve is thrown into a state of activity; irritation.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The word "laser" stands for "Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission by radiation."
    • n stimulation The act of stimulating, or the state of being stimulated; urging; encouragement; incitement; increased or quickened action or activity.
    • n stimulation In medicine, the act or method of stimulating; the condition of being stimulated; the effect of the use of stimulants.
    • n stimulation Synonyms See stimulate.
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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.
    • n Stimulation act of stimulating, or condition of being stimulated
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  • 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.”
  • Walter Lippmann
    “The study of error is not only in the highest degree prophylactic, but it serves as a stimulating introduction to the study of truth.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. stimulatio,: cf. F. stimulation,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. stimulus (for stigmulus)—Gr. stizein, to prick.


In literature:

Their minds, unconsciously, were definitely fixed on the four-o'clock drink that stimulated the old nerves.
"Half Portions" by Edna Ferber
His presence had been, perhaps, a bit over-stimulating.
"The Gay Cockade" by Temple Bailey
It was also an affair of delicacy to stimulate without satisfying the Duke s passion.
"Renaissance in Italy, Volumes 1 and 2" by John Addington Symonds
What most of the young men of this country need is restraint, not stimulant; what this Nation needs is reserve.
"The Young Man and the World" by Albert J. Beveridge
Nobody objected to looking on, and some were agreeably stimulated by the general sense of festivity.
"Emily Fox-Seton" by Frances Hodgson Burnett
Magazines, too, are full of stimulation.
"Principles of Teaching" by Adam S. Bennion
We may do very much by the stimulation and direction of parents.
"Religious Education in the Family" by Henry F. Cope
Do not dose with medicines, nor take alcoholic stimulants.
"How to Camp Out" by John M. Gould
What branches of study should have for their sole function to stimulate the growth of patriotism?
"The Vitalized School" by Francis B. Pearson
Uncontrolled by good sense, and stimulated by personal vanity it becomes a temptation at first, and then a curse.
"Our Deportment" by John H. Young
Taking any stimulant eventually leads to a call for other stimulants.
"The Healthy Life, Vol. V, Nos. 24-28" by Various
Have we not motives sufficient to stimulate us to a more diligent discharge of duty?
"Mrs Whittelsey's Magazine for Mothers and Daughters" by Various
Thus, a certain amount of stimulation is necessary before any sensation arises.
"Illusions" by James Sully
I never used a large quantity of animal food or stimulants, of any description.
"Vegetable Diet: As Sanctioned by Medical Men, and by Experience in All Ages" by William Andrus Alcott
If you wish to attain your greatest usefulness in life, avoid the undue use of foods which are calculated to stimulate the reproductive nature.
"What a Young Husband Ought to Know" by Sylvanus Stall
I also used some wine, and I attached a good deal of importance to a stimulating diet.
"Forty Years in the Wilderness of Pills and Powders" by William A. Alcott
What is stated in relation to stimulating substances?
"A Treatise on Physiology and Hygiene" by Joseph Chrisman Hutchison
They are stimulating, but vulgar.
"Phases of an Inferior Planet" by Ellen Glasgow
The news of gold stimulated interest as nothing else could have done.
"The South American Republics Part I of II" by Thomas C. Dawson
It is obvious, therefore, that when abnormally stimulated by undue exercise, such male-traits may develop into abnormal dominance.
"Feminism and Sex-Extinction" by Arabella Kenealy

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:

Designed with best-in-class durability, the jacket will actively warm the body and stimulate blood circulation in even the coldest conditions.
Economic stimulant, or just a can of worms .
There are lots of musicals that inspire and stimulate.
Chia Seeds, Wall Street's Stimulant of Choice.
Today I attended a really stimulating panel discussion (to watch it, scroll to bottom) about Why Labor Organizing Should Be A Civil Right , a new Century Foundation book by Richard D Kahlenberg and Moshe Z Marvit.
The most glaring error was one that defined "organic, free-range chickens" as ones that are "not raised in cages, force-fed or given any growth hormones, stimulants or antibiotics.
Facebook's (FB) highly anticipated public debut failed to stimulate the market as shares slid well below their offering price in the first days of trading.
He is putting him on Vyvanse, which he called a stimulant medicine.
A short and stimulating brush with Microsoft's corporate culture.
(Host) The Dean administration unveiled a new proposal Thursday that is designed to stimulate economic development in Springfield and the Northeast Kingdom.
Alzheimer's and dementia patients at the Hebrew Home at Riverdale receive much-needed stimulation and a chance to socialize.
A traditional vaccine works by stimulating what is known as the adaptive immune system.
An Alarming New Stimulant , Legal in Many States.
Small businesses need to be stimulated , not merely stabilized.
Painting a street green hasn't stimulated one new job.

In science:

Acknowledgment Thanks are due to Artur Ekert, David Finkelstein, and Shlomit Finkelstein for encouragement and stimulating discussions.
The quantum speed up as advanced knowledge of the solution
We hope that this study will stimulate the search for additional novel strongly-coupled magnetoelectric materials.
Superexchange-Driven Magnetoelectricity in Magnetic Vortices
Griffiths and his research group for numerous stimulating discussions on this topic.
Phase boundaries in deterministic dense coding
Toroczkai for stimulating discussion of the topic on initial stages of the work.
On scale-free and poly-scale behaviors of random hierarchical network
Nonlinear analysis of biological systems using short M-sequences and sparse-stimulation techniques.
Improved Volterra Kernel Methods with Applications to the Visual System
We thank Tom Lubensky for stimulating discussions.
Soft random solids and their heterogeneous elasticity
Acknowledgements We thank Emmanuel Cand´es and Benjamin Recht for stimulating discussions on the sub ject of this paper.
Matrix Completion from a Few Entries
This work was stimulated by helpful discussions with Graham Brightwell and Malwina Luczak during the programme “Combinatorics and Statistical Mechanics” at the Isaac Newton Institute, Cambridge, 2008, where SJ was supported by a Microsoft fellowship.
Poset limits and exchangeable random posets
The thermally stimulated luminescence (TSL) measured with ZnWO4 samples are shown in Fig. 2.
Proceedings of the 1st International Workshop "Radiopure Scintillators for EURECA" (RPScint'2008)
Fig. 2. Thermally stimulated luminescence of ZnWO4 crystals. The numbers on the graphs correspond to the numbers in Table 1.
Proceedings of the 1st International Workshop "Radiopure Scintillators for EURECA" (RPScint'2008)
Recent experimental progress has stimulated the investigation of interacting many-particle quantum systems in nonequilibrium.
Real-time evolution for weak interaction quenches in quantum systems
Mollow, “Stimulated Emission and Absorption near R esonance for Driven Systems,” Phys.
Threshold of a random laser based on Raman gain in cold atoms
Topics” programs for providing an exceptionally stimulating semester.
Degenerate Affine Hecke-Clifford Algebras and Type $Q$ Lie Superalgebras
Acknowledgments: I thank Mikhail Lifshits for stimulating comments.
Supremum of Random Dirichlet Polynomials with Sub-multiplicative Coefficients
These papers stimulated many investigations leading to fruitful developments.
Rotation in relativity and the propagation of light