• WordNet 3.6
    • v stimulate cause to be alert and energetic "Coffee and tea stimulate me","This herbal infusion doesn't stimulate"
    • v stimulate act as a stimulant "The book stimulated her imagination","This play stimulates"
    • v stimulate cause to do; cause to act in a specified manner "The ads induced me to buy a VCR","My children finally got me to buy a computer","My wife made me buy a new sofa"
    • v stimulate provide the needed stimulus for
    • v stimulate cause to occur rapidly "the infection precipitated a high fever and allergic reactions"
    • v stimulate stir the feelings, emotions, or peace of "These stories shook the community","the civil war shook the country"
    • v stimulate stir feelings in "stimulate my appetite","excite the audience","stir emotions"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The word "laser" stands for "Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission by radiation."
    • Stimulate To excite as if with a goad; to excite, rouse, or animate, to action or more vigorous exertion by some pungent motive or by persuasion; as, to stimulate one by the hope of reward, or by the prospect of glory. "To excite and stimulate us thereunto."
    • Stimulate (Physiol) To excite; to irritate; especially, to excite the activity of (a nerve or an irritable muscle), as by electricity.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Beethoven used to pour cold water over his head to stimulate his brain before sitting down to compose.
    • stimulate To prick; goad; excite, rouse, or animate to action or more vigorous exertion by some effective motive or by persuasion; spur on; incite.
    • stimulate In physiology, to quicken temporarily some functional or trophic process in.
    • stimulate Specifically, to affect by the use of intoxicating drinks.
    • stimulate Synonyms To encourage, impel, urge, instigate, provoke, whet, foment, kindle, stir up.
    • stimulate To act as a stimulus.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Electrical stimulation of certain areas of the brain has been proven to revive long-lost memories.
    • v.t Stimulate to prick with anything sharp: to incite: to instigate:
    • v.t Stimulate (physiol.) to produce increased action in
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  • KaThe Kollwitz
    KaThe Kollwitz
    “For the last third of life there remains only work. It alone is always stimulating, rejuvenating, exciting and satisfying.”
  • 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.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. stimulatus, p. p. of stimulare, to prick or goad on, to incite, fr. stimulus, a goad. See Stimulus
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. stimulus (for stigmulus)—Gr. stizein, to prick.


In literature:

Onions are often useful in stimulating the digestive tract to action.
"Human Foods and Their Nutritive Value" by Harry Snyder
Make the study stimulate the intellect, the emotions, the will.
"A Guide to Methods and Observation in History" by Calvin Olin Davis
Winslow Homer will not stimulate for all time only because his mind was too local.
"Adventures in the Arts" by Marsden Hartley
They appeal to the mind as a whole, stimulate all its faculties, awaken a many-sided sympathy both with Nature and with the world of men.
"Education and the Higher Life" by J. L. Spalding
I could no more do without alcoholic stimulants then than I can do now.
"Frank Oldfield" by T.P. Wilson
In verses 1 to 5, Paul seeks to stimulate the liberality of the Corinthians by recounting that of the Macedonian churches.
"Expositions of Holy Scripture" by Alexander Maclaren
Between them and the settlers there is the same earnestness of purpose, though stimulated by resentment altogether different.
"The Lone Ranche" by Captain Mayne Reid
This stimulated Mrs Orgreave's curiosity, and she suggested that her husband should invite the young man to their house.
"Clayhanger" by Arnold Bennett
They do not impress us with their thoughts; they do not stimulate us to action.
"Pushing to the Front" by Orison Swett Marden
Boiled water and stimulants may be given between the feedings.
"The Eugenic Marriage, Volume IV. (of IV.)" by Grant Hague

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:

Electrically stimulating the brain could make you smarter.
She says Northbound stocks other erotic toys that emphasize touch over sight, such as a stimulation device that administers electric current.
Feds must eschew caution, take action to stimulate economy.
Stumbling upon the (as of now) legal stimulant with an ancient past and a trendy following in Israel.
A kerfuffle over appointments to the McLean County Ethics Commission has stimulated interest in the position.
OSU's Rezai testing brain stimulation for Alzheimer's.
Exercise And Mental Stimulation Prevent Dementia.
AZTV7/Cable 13, Me-TV 7.2, RTV 7.3, Phoenix-Prescott, AZCombination Ultrasound and Stimulation Therapy Device Designed by Mettler Electronics Now Offered by
We'll use transcranial magnetic stimulation .
DNA Gel Responds to Stimulation .
A multidisciplinary team at the Hadassah Medical Center is testing the use of Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) to alleviate depression in severely affected patients.
Oil prices rise on hopes of federal stimulation of economy.
Why Toddler's Minds Need Stimulation .
It is important to engage children in this age group in learning activities that will stimulate the mind and enhance learning potential.
A Journey with Deep Brain Stimulation .

In science:

The Z gene with the lowest activation threshold is turned on first after the stimulation of X.
Topological Generalizations of network motifs
NL would like to acknowledge stimulating discussions with E.
Crossover effects in the random exchange spin-1/2 antiferromagnetic chain
This idea was spawned in our development of Feshbach-stimulated photoproduction of stable molecular condensates (see also related work ).
Improved efficiency of stimulated Raman adiabatic passage in photoassociation of a Bose-Einstein condensate
One of us (P.H.C) acknowledges stimulating discussions with T.D.
Chapman-Enskog derivation of the generalized Smoluchowski equation
Hokuto Uehara for stimulating discussions on this paper.
On Effective Non-vanishing of Weil Divisors on Algebraic Surfaces