from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The act of arousing or the state of being aroused.
- n. Sexual arousal.
- n. A physiological and psychological state of being awake or reactive to stimuli, including elevated heart rate and blood pressure and a condition of sensory alertness, mobility and readiness to respond.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The act of arousing, or the state of being aroused.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The act of arousing or awakening; the state of being aroused or awakened.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. awakening from sleep
- n. mutual sexual fondling prior to sexual intercourse
- n. the act of arousing
- n. a state of heightened physiological activity
Sessions involve watching pornographic movies featuring a young boy masturbating while the offender's sexual arousal is measured and punishment administered.
When arousal is too low, we become bored, and seek out activities to stimulate our minds; when arousal is too high, we seek to reduce or find something that will calm us down in some way.
Arguments against violent media imagery promoting violent behaviour often actually support the idea: James Paul Gee promotes video games as very effective teaching tools and arousal is at the heart of his argument.
I think that's the first time the phrase arousal of the amygdala has ever been in the cable news.
In Why Zebras Don’t Get Ulcers: The Acclaimed Guide to Stress, Stress-Related Diseases, and Coping, Robert Sapolsky describes the way stress relates to memory: a little bit of arousal heightens learning, but long-term arousal eventually burns out memory.
Whereas difficulties of objectively evaluating psychoanalytic hypotheses are well-documented, these approaches would predict that sexual arousal is an intrinsic response to homosexual stimuli, whereas Barlow’s (1986) theory would predict that sexual arousal to homosexual stimuli by homophobic individuals is a function of anxiety.
Chilies also stimulate the nervous system, accentuating the effects of arousal, which is very, very, very good for very, very, very good sex.
Oh yes, I had attended some birthday parties where the game of Post Office was played and I recall the arousal that happened in my pants but for sure God was watching and I better not let on so when my turn came I picked the cutest girl and departed with her to the post office room to deliver the stamps.
His arousal was a potent force beneath the black silk barely sheathing its powerful rigidity, and she felt her insides clench in anticipation of his possession.
Today, most theories, particularly in cognitive science, involve incongruity resolution Freudian theories, usually called arousal-relief, or just relief theories, are still used by some nonscientists, as are disparagement theories.
Wordnik is becoming a not-for-profit! Read our announcement here.