excitability

Definitions

  • AN EXCITING RIDE
    AN EXCITING RIDE
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n excitability being easily excited
    • n excitability excessive sensitivity of an organ or body part
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Additional illustrations & photos:

AN EXCITING TIME AN EXCITING TIME
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.
    • Excitability (Physiol) The property manifested by living organisms, and the elements and tissues of which they are constituted, of responding to the action of stimulants; irritability; as, nervous excitability .
    • Excitability The quality of being readily excited; proneness to be affected by exciting causes.
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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 excitability The quality of being excitable; readiness or proneness to be provoked or moved into action; the quality of being easily agitated; nervousness.
    • n excitability In physiology, irritability.
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Quotations

  • KaThe Kollwitz
    KaThe Kollwitz
    “For the last third of life there remains only work. It alone is always stimulating, rejuvenating, exciting and satisfying.”
  • Lord Beaverbrook
    Lord Beaverbrook
    “Business is more exciting than any game.”
  • Peter Abelard
    Peter Abelard
    “The purpose and cause of the incarnation was that He might illuminate the world by His wisdom and excite it to the love of Himself.”
  • George Nelson
    George Nelson
    “The simple joy of taking an idea into one's own hands and giving it proper form, that's exciting.”
  • Whitney Houston
    Whitney Houston
    “I almost wish I could be more exciting, that I could match what is happening out there to me.”
  • Edna Ferber
    Edna Ferber
    “A woman can look both moral and exciting -- if she also looks as if it was quite a struggle.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. F. excitabilité,

Usage

In literature:

An hour afterwards I met the Kentuckian who excitedly informed me that the watch was not gold.
"Twenty Years of Hus'ling" by J. P. Johnston
A wave of excitement swept over the crowd.
"The Day of Judgment" by Joseph Hocking
Miles, and was followed out of the farm-kitchen by the excited dogs.
"Betty Vivian" by L. T. Meade
Swartboy knew them well; and, although he announced their approach in a state of great excitement, it was not the excitement of terror.
"Popular Adventure Tales" by Mayne Reid
The news of the arrival of a stranger had spread itself abroad and aroused a slow-growing excitement.
"In Connection with the De Willoughby Claim" by Frances Hodgson Burnett
His face was grave, excited, wistful.
"The Branding Iron" by Katharine Newlin Burt
I am so excited that I'm not excited.
"Girls of the Forest" by L. T. Meade
They shared now in his difference, his excitement.
"The Creators" by May Sinclair
But we have times of keen excitement, of violent, even of exhausting activity.
"Tongues of Conscience" by Robert Smythe Hichens
Bela pondered on these matters, filled with a deep excitement.
"The Huntress" by Hulbert Footner
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In poetry:

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
How wild the joy, how loud the chorus
Our old, familiar tones excite!
Dear, faithful creatures that adore us,
How genuine their keen delight!
"The Home-Coming From Rome" by John Lawson Stoddard
Yet I ride by the margin of that lake in
the wood, the castle,
and the excitement of strongholds;
and have a small boy's notion of doing good.
"The Way" by Robert Creeley

In news:

Excited public interest, discussion, or the like, as the clamor attending some sensational event.
That wouldn't excite me nearly as much if the fish wasn't so sweet and delicious.
The Buckaroos put on a great show over the weekend, making an exciting run at a championship, forcing the "top" teams to work a lot harder, and shooting holes in all the predictions.
An imaginary goblin or specter used to excite fear.
Things get exciting at a late-season locavore stash diversification meeting.
There is a new generation of matadors in Spain who bring more excitement and more spectators into the bull ring than there's been for some time.
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.
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.
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.
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In science:

It is therefore possible to unambiguously identify the excited states of these pairs with excitations of the full system at the same energies and work out the matrix elements connecting these to the ground state using the renormalized operators.
Dynamics and transport in random quantum systems governed by strong-randomness fixed points
The leading excitations that do contribute to S zz can clearly be identified in the RG picture with the mz = 0 excited states of pairs of super-spins, with each pair connected by a bond with ˜J ⊥ ∼ ω and forming a singlet (note that this is true regard less of the value of the corresponding ˜J z ).
Dynamics and transport in random quantum systems governed by strong-randomness fixed points
These domain wall excitations are the most numerous excitations that define the relationship between the energy and the length scales and determine the dynamical exponent z (δ).
Dynamics and transport in random quantum systems governed by strong-randomness fixed points
There are two types of low-energy excitations in this background: massless particles in the bulk, and excitations close to the horizon at r = 0.
Large N field theories from superstrings
The observed features were found to be consistent with the existence of a phonon-roton spectrum of excitations inside the liquid droplet, with no low-lying single-particle excitations, as expected for a Bose superfluid.
Helium nanodroplets and trapped Bose-Einstein condensates as prototypes of finite quantum fluids
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