• WordNet 3.6
    • v excite act as a stimulant "The book stimulated her imagination","This play stimulates"
    • v excite produce a magnetic field in "excite the neurons"
    • v excite raise to a higher energy level "excite the atoms"
    • v excite stir the feelings, emotions, or peace of "These stories shook the community","the civil war shook the country"
    • v excite stimulate sexually "This movie usually arouses the male audience"
    • v excite cause to be agitated, excited, or roused "The speaker charged up the crowd with his inflammatory remarks"
    • v excite arouse or elicit a feeling
    • v excite stir feelings in "stimulate my appetite","excite the audience","stir emotions"
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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.
    • Excite (Physiol) To call forth or increase the vital activity of an organism, or any of its parts.
    • Excite To call to activity in any way; to rouse to feeling; to kindle to passionate emotion; to stir up to combined or general activity; as, to excite a person, the spirits, the passions; to excite a mutiny or insurrection; to excite heat by friction.
    • Excite (Elec) To energize (an electro-magnet); to produce a magnetic field in; as, to excite a dynamo.
    • Excite (Physics) To raise to a higher energy level; -- used especially of atoms or molecules, or of electrons within atoms or molecules; as, absorption of a photon excites the cesium atom, which subsequently radiates the excess energy.
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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.
    • excite To call into movement or active existence by some stimulating influence; quicken into manifestation; stir or start up; set in motion or operation: as, to excite a mutiny; to excite hope or animosity.
    • excite To induce action or activity in; stimulate; animate; arouse.
    • excite To impel by incentives or motives; instigate; incite: as, to excite the people to revolt.
    • excite To arouse the emotions of; agitate or perturb mentally; move: as, he was greatly excited by the news.
    • excite Synonyms To awaken, incite, inflame, kindle, irritate, provoke.
    • excite In electric machinery, to send current through the magnetic field coils, and so produce the magnetism required for the operation of the machine.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Excite ek-sīt′ to call into activity: to stir up: to rouse: to irritate
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  • Whitney Houston
    Whitney Houston
    “I almost wish I could be more exciting, that I could match what is happening out there to me.”
  • Donald Trump
    “Money was never a big motivation for me, except as a way to keep score. The real excitement is playing the game.”
  • 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.”
  • 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
L. excitare,; ex, out + citare, to move rapidly, to rouse: cf. OF. esciter, exciter, F. exciter,. See Cite
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. excitāre, -ātumexciēreex, out, ciēre, to set in motion.


In literature:

Now that he was alone, question after question leapt unanswered through his mind, and every vein in his body throbbed with strange excitement.
"God's Country--And the Woman" by James Oliver Curwood
Late hours and the excitement of company have made me nervous.
"The Hand But Not the Heart" by T. S. Arthur
Neale excitedly realized that he had hooked a father of the waters.
"The U.P. Trail" by Zane Grey
He yearned for something more exciting, and with his mind suddenly made up he set off in quest of adventure.
"Nomads of the North" by James Oliver Curwood
The staff-sergeant was not easily excited, yet he was visibly disturbed now.
"The Valley of Silent Men" by James Oliver Curwood
Curiously, and with a little rush of excitement, Kurt began to read.
"The Desert of Wheat" by Zane Grey
He was almost boyishly excited over it.
"Hilda Lessways" by Arnold Bennett
I took a ride down to the tank one Friday morning, and found the banks a scene of great excitement.
"Sport and Work on the Nepaul Frontier" by James Inglis
The voyage down this stream was an exciting one, and replete with novel scenes and incidents.
"Personal Memoirs Of A Residence Of Thirty Years With The Indian Tribes On The American Frontiers" by Henry Rowe Schoolcraft
It must be admitted, however, that during the whole period, bating a few intervals, my mind was in a high state of excitement.
"Caleb Williams" by William Godwin

In poetry:

Great body of this age, the blood excited,
The pulse so rapid that the wrist is shaken,
Proud in its swagger of power, but beneath
The bone is hollow and the marrow taken.
"For 1939" by Paul Engle
Though all the world were grown reluctant quite
To serve the Omnipotent, and ceas'd to pray:
Do thou, like Enos, all the World excite
To worship God without the least delay.
"Stanza's Concerning Some Persons And Things, That Are Mentioned In The Holy Scriptures" by Rees Prichard
I mused: saw the pup ease his heart
Of his instinct for chasing, and sink
Overwrought by excitement so new:
A scene that for Koby to view
Was the seizure of nerves in a link.
"To Children: For Tyrants" by George Meredith
Excites the Corybantes with such ire
As springs from malice! This nor ocean's swell
Lash'd with the storm, nor Noric-sword, nor fire
Nor Jupiter with all his bolts can quell.
"Tyndaris (From Horace.)" by Martin Farquhar Tupper
A ceaseless strife for pelf and place
Pervades the throbbing, pulsing air
Which gives excitement to the race,
And quickens every nerve and pace
To gain the lion's regal share.
"Butte" by Aaron Southwick
He says this old pony has never been rode
And the man that gets on him is bound to be throwed
I gets all excited and I ask what he pays
To ride this old pony a couple of days.
"The Strawberry Roan" by Curley Fletcher

In news:

It was an exciting evening for boys basketball teams across Western Wisconsin Saturday night as four teams punched their tickets to the WIAA State Tournament in Madison.
It is Live Music Friday and we are excited to welcome Like A. Wendy Williams co-hosts THRS.
I recently had the opportunity to try out a surgical robot, a medical device that has excited doctors, patients and hospital marketing departments.
The vibrant Rockford-area festival season will be even more exciting for more music fans this year.
Rap and hip-hop rule today's pop music, but once upon a time British mavericks blazed rock's most exciting trails.
The sorry truth about reviewing the arts at the pro level is that most art isn't good enough to get excited about, yet it's not bad enough to write something scathingly funny about.
Exciting new programs, new buildings, more national recognition and even more focus on helping our students succeed.
It's being called the biggest Vikings win in years and it's creating a lot of purple excitement.
The exotic species of ant known as Paratrechina longicornus, or the crazy ant, named for its speedy and erratic behavior when excited, somehow managed to kill off all the other ants over the years, as well as the crickets and grasshoppers.
What's more exciting than the appearance of a nesting pair to set up housekeeping in a new birdhouse.
I'm sure we're all excited for our Super Bowl Sunday, but we have some things to keep an eye on through next week.
Still, it would have been understandable if Al Leiter were a little more excited than he seemed tonight.
I was excited to read Susan Allport's "Hiking to the Kitchens of Chianti " (Nov. 5), about her cooking school experience in Castellina.
The challenge is keeping your repertoire for this popular ingredient fresh and exciting.
Now, he is adding another impressive and exciting event to his timeline.

In science:

At excitation energies E ∗ ∼ 3 MeV/nucleon, ternary decays of the excited nucleus have been accounted for the result of two successive independent acts of binary decay, called cascade fission [6-10].
Fragments formation in proton-induced fission at 660 MeV of 238-U
Dramatic improvement in the calculated spectra is obtained with a proper excitation theory, as shown in a recent paper , which focused on water and adopted Hedin’s GW approximation for the self-energy of the excited electron in presence of a static core hole.
Role of quantum nuclei and local fields in the x-ray absorption spectra of water and ice
The noise from the outside environment can excite the qubit to its first excited state.
Hybrid quantum circuits: Superconducting circuits interacting with other quantum systems
After optically pumping the qubit from the first excited state to the second excited state, the qubit can later on quickly decay to the ground state, due to the large transition rate Γag .
Hybrid quantum circuits: Superconducting circuits interacting with other quantum systems
This is possible according to co-static observers because each detector excitation is accompanied by a corresponding decrease in the energy stored in the field due to the excitation of a nonstationary (tachyonic) mode which contributes with negative energy.
Particle creation due to tachyonic instability in relativistic stars