• WordNet 3.6
    • adj rousing rousing to activity or heightened action as by spurring or goading "tossed a rousing political comment into the conversation"
    • adj rousing capable of arousing enthusiasm or excitement "a rousing sermon","stirring events such as wars and rescues"
    • n rousing the act of arousing "the purpose of art is the arousal of emotions"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Rousing Having power to awaken or excite; exciting. "I begin to feel
      Some rousing motions in me."
    • Rousing Very great; violent; astounding; as, a rousing fire; a rousing lie.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n rousing A method of curing herring; roiling. See rouse, transitive verb, 6.
    • rousing Having power to rouse, excite, or astonish; surprisingly great, swift, violent, forcible, lively, or the like: as, a rousing fire; a rousing pace; a rousing meeting; a rousing lie or oath.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Rousing having power to awaken: great, violent
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  • Sir Walter Scott
    “It is wonderful what strength of purpose and boldness and energy of will are roused by the assurance that we are doing our duty.”
  • John Dryden
    “Roused by the lash of his own stubborn tail our lion now will foreign foes assail.”
  • Bertrand Russell
    “Conventional people are roused to fury by departures from convention, largely because they regard such departures as a criticism of themselves.”
  • William Ellery Channing
    “Difficulties are meant to rouse, not discourage. The human spirit is to grow strong by conflict.”
  • Orison Swett Marden
    “You have not found your place until all your faculties are roused, and your whole nature consents and approves of the work you are doing.”
  • Virginia Woolf
    “Novels so often provide an anodyne and not an antidote, glide one into torpid slumbers instead of rousing one with a burning brand.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Scand., Sw. rusa, Dan. ruse, to rush.


In literature:

Presently, rousing my wandering attention, he dictated one precious attempt to me.
"A Journey to the Centre of the Earth" by Jules Verne
He was roused, even thrilled by its poetry, and the perfect beauty of its poses, its poises.
"The Golden Silence" by C. N. Williamson and A. M. Williamson
But they were startled, their apprehensions roused.
"The Emigrant Trail" by Geraldine Bonner
He had to rouse himself with an effort to take in the overseer's next observation.
"The Fruit of the Tree" by Edith Wharton
The idea had not roused him much, but it had been a pleasurable conclusion to arrive at; and now?
"Joyce of the North Woods" by Harriet T. Comstock
Be sure you rouse me at the second watch.
"Alroy The Prince Of The Captivity" by Benjamin Disraeli
At last, with a great effort, he roused himself from his moist seat, and leaped down from the bank into the lane.
"A Dog with a Bad Name" by Talbot Baines Reed
Gregory and I will get on as far as we can till you and your watch are roused up.
"Mother Carey's Chicken" by George Manville Fenn
At length Desmond roused up.
"The Three Admirals" by W.H.G. Kingston
I roused up Jim, and we sprang on deck, vexed at having, as we supposed, lost so much precious time.
"Peter Trawl" by W. H. G. Kingston

In poetry:

Behold the love, the gen'rous love,
That holy David shows;
Hark, how his sounding bowels move
To his afflicted foes!
"Psalm 35 part 2" by Isaac Watts
While he the dang'rous ocean braves,
My tears but vainly flow:
Is pity in the faithless waves
To which I pour my woe?
"A Song" by Helen Maria Williams
Behold the love, the gen'rous love,
That holy David shows;
Hark, how his sounding bowels move
To his afflicted foes !
"Psalm XXXV: Now Plead My Cause, Almighty God" by Isaac Watts
So when they'd made their game of her,
And taken off her elf,
She roused, and found she only was
A coming to herself.
"Faithless Sally Brown" by Thomas Hood
Ah, thou'rt roused.
Thy master hath been robbed--the Spagnoletto--
Maria of the Golden Locks--his daughter.
"The Spagnoletto. Act IV" by Emma Lazarus
Over the clover and daisies,
Under the wonder of blue,
Up from the seas the brave young breeze
Rouses the summer anew.
"Summer Wind" by John Joy Bell

In news:

President Obama leaves a news conference Friday with former White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel, left, and interim chief of staff Pete Rouse.
Jon Roemer / Princeton University Rouse has been on faculty at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs since 1992.
ELYRIA, Ohio — Dinner (chicken and mashed potatoes) was long over, teeth were brushed, and a rousing game of Monopoly had come to a close.
Another project rouses from its slumber.
It is unparalleled in rousing people to action.
Prince got things off to a rousing start with a medley of hits.
Shadowless overtook Rouse the Cat in the final furlong to produce a 16-1 surprise in the $127,120 Kennedy Road Stakes (Can-III VIDEO) at Woodbine Nov 22.
A Sluggish Start, but a Rousing Response.
State’s win over Virginia for the 1983 ACC championship, Jim Valvano and his Wolfpack had returned from Atlanta to a rousing celebration in and around Reynolds Coliseum.
Long-forgotten spring break photos may rouse chuckles when found by friends online, but they could mean staying unemployed if they're found by a hiring human resources manager.
Well worth the 364-day wait, the time-honored bounty of Thanksgiving dinner rouses eager anticipation for weeks in advance of the big day.
Rouse (FRES) - 25 CAR, 106 YDS.
Rousing Sermon is getting a rest.
Robbie Rouse Named to Doak Walker Preseason List.
President Obama joins President Clinton onstage after Clinton's rousing speech during the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte.

In science:

This “relaxation effect” reduces the mobility, but the dominating behavior for large chain lengths is still predicted to be Zimm-like, and indeed, the scaling exponents reported in experiments (e.g., D ∼ N −0.67 for double stranded DNA in Ref. 3) are closer to the Zimm than to the Rouse exponent.
Screening of hydrodynamic interactions for polyelectrolytes in salt solution
Rouse – gives us information on the influence of hydrodynamic interactions.
Screening of hydrodynamic interactions for polyelectrolytes in salt solution
It also explains why the crossover time t0 from Zimm to Rouse behavior does not seem to depend on the wavevektor k .
Screening of hydrodynamic interactions for polyelectrolytes in salt solution
In an intermediate time scale range between a microscopic crossover time and the Zimm time, however, the chain behaves like a Rouse chain, i.e., hydrodynamic interactions are effectively screened.
Screening of hydrodynamic interactions for polyelectrolytes in salt solution
Wiese, Dynamics of selfavoiding tethered membranes I, model A dynamics (Rouse model), Eur.
Field Theory of the RNA Freezing Transition