• WordNet 3.6
    • n agitation the act of agitating something; causing it to move around (usually vigorously)
    • n agitation disturbance usually in protest
    • n agitation the feeling of being agitated; not calm
    • n agitation a state of agitation or turbulent change or development "the political ferment produced new leadership","social unrest"
    • n agitation a mental state of extreme emotional disturbance
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
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    • Agitation A stirring up or arousing; disturbance of tranquillity; disturbance of mind which shows itself by physical excitement; perturbation; as, to cause any one agitation .
    • Agitation Examination or consideration of a subject in controversy, or of a plan proposed for adoption; earnest discussion; debate. "A logical agitation of the matter.""The project now in agitation ."
    • Agitation Excitement of public feeling by discussion, appeals, etc.; as, the antislavery agitation; labor agitation. "Religious agitations ."
    • Agitation The act of agitating, or the state of being agitated; the state of being moved with violence, or with irregular action; commotion; as, the sea after a storm is in agitation .
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n agitation The act of agitating, or the state of being agitated. The state of being shaken or moved with violence, or with irregular action; commotion: as, the sea after a storm is in agitation.
    • n agitation Disturbance of the mind; perturbation; excitement of passion.
    • n agitation Examination of a subject in controversy; deliberation; discussion; debate.
    • n agitation The act of arousing public attention to a political or social question by speeches, etc. Synonyms Agitation, Trepidation, Tremor, Emotion, excitement, flutter. Tremor is, in its literal use, wholly physical; it may be in a part of the body or the whole; it is generally less violent than trepidation. Trepidation and agitation are more often used of the mind than of the body. But all three words may express states either of the body or the mind, or of both at once through reflex influence. Trepidation is generally the result of fear; it is the excited anticipation of speedy disaster, penalty, etc. Agitation may be retrospective and occasioned by that which is pleasant; it includes the meaning of trepidation and a part of that of emotion. Emotion is used only of the mind; it is the broadest and highest of these words, covering all movements of feeling, whether of pleasure or pain, from agitation to the pleasure that the mind may take in abstract truth.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Agitation commotion: perturbation of mind: discussion: public excitement
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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
L. agitatio,: cf. F. agitation,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. agitāre, freq. of agĕre, to put in motion. See Act.


In literature:

She marked his paleness and agitation.
"The World's Greatest Books, Vol VIII" by Arthur Mee and J.A. Hammerton, Eds.
It is collected in vessels, care being taken to agitate them, that the liquid may not coagulate.
"The Swiss Family Robinson; or Adventures in a Desert Island" by Johann David Wyss
The Agitation of 1850.
"Abraham Lincoln, A History, Volume 2" by John George Nicolay and John Hay
Had he known why they watched so earnestly, and what had occurred, his agitation would have been greater still.
"Snarleyyow" by Captain Frederick Marryat
The Governor seemed calm enough; only the spasmodic puffs from his cigar betrayed agitation.
"Port O' Gold" by Louis John Stellman
Clay and Calhoun led the agitation.
"The World's Greatest Books, Vol XII." by Arthur Mee
These contradictions, this ferocious jealousy, and the joy of having a man to herself, all agitated her old maid's heart beyond measure.
"Poor Relations" by Honore de Balzac
He was sure, then, that Rachel's agitation was a pleasurable agitation.
"The Price of Love" by Arnold Bennett
What could have happened to so agitate him in these inaccessible regions?
"The Cross of Berny" by Emile de Girardin
Mrs. Willoughby, however, was terribly agitated, and wept and shuddered and moaned incessantly.
"The American Baron" by James De Mille

In poetry:

Policeman calmly smiled,
"Indeed you are mistaken, sir,
You're agitated - riled -
And very badly shaken, sir.
"Phrenology" by William Schwenck Gilbert
The stoker was all agitated, too,
His poker kept wobbling about,
But he still kept on with his duty
Raking the clinkers out.
"The Scotch Express —From Ireland" by T W Connor
Some agitated and adrift,
Against their will should rove;
Some, steering forward, sure and swift,
Should scarcely seem to move--
"Vignette - I" by Matilda Betham
We make ourselves a place apart
Behind light words that tease and flout,
But oh, the agitated heart
Till someone find us really out.
"Revelation" by Robert Frost
And gird my soul with stronger powers
To fight the lower thought and deed,
That agitate this life of ours
As winds will shake the reed.
"One Star Alone" by Alexander Anderson
Paladins ride by in agitation,
Trumpets wail, and minted silver chant;
Nobody spares his attention
To the Peter — the Apostle, the saint.
"The Gates of Paradise" by Nikolai Stepanovich Gumilev

In news:

There is agitation and panic in the aisles, dismay in the faces of older shoppers.
No one does propulsive agit-pop quite like the British.
Imagine being in the hall when a student becomes agitated.
A few days ago, I posed this question: Q: I have a vessel with a top entering agitator without baffles.
Big time agitator, aggrevator, alligator mouthed punk.
When the foam surface is broken or disrupted by pressure-washing, manure agitation or pumping, the importance of good air exchange is magnified.
In 1961 Marv Davidov was a Freedom Rider who had an epiphany while imprisoned in Mississippi – He had a dream that he would spend his life fighting for social change through nonviolent agitation.
Before the Union Township supervisors meeting even started Monday night, it was clear Supervisor John Salaneck III was agitated.
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The coalition will agitate for the protection of local waterways.
The Situation, Philip Haas's deftly paced, well-written, and brilliantly infuriating Iraq War thriller is not only the strongest of recent geopolitical hotspot flicks but one that has been designed for maximal agitation.
After the false admission given under duress, Prince got more agitated.
He persevered at podiatry school in Chicago for six months while becoming increasingly nervous and agitated.
Spec Sciences' benchtop ultrasonic flammable liquid cleaner is a nitrogen-purged, pump-agitated system that cleans parts as large as 18 × 12 inches.
Because The Ads friggin' wrote the book on old-school, Orange County agit-punk, that's why.

In science:

Indeed, at high temperature, interaction between spins becomes negligible compared to thermal agitation.
Clusters in Simple Fluids
The solution is strongly agitated by pipetting.
Optical microrheology using rotating laser-trapped particles
Since each atom experiences thermal agitation, the energy distributions of these atoms could be investigated by Classical MaxwellBoltzmann Statistics .
Investigation of the Heat Capacities of Proteins by Statistical Mechanical Methods
Thermal agitation makes the polymer explore different configurations.
DNA Elasticity : Topology of Self-Avoidance
The agitation procedure can be understood as applying temporarily varying stress that is applied to the fibre.
Modal noise prediction in fibre-spectroscopy I: Visibility and the coherent model