from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. An agent, especially a chemical agent such as caffeine, that temporarily arouses or accelerates physiological or organic activity.
- n. A stimulus or an incentive: "An age of political excitement is usually a stimulant to literature” ( Will Durant).
- n. A food or drink, especially an alcoholic drink, believed to have a stimulating effect.
- adj. Serving as or being a stimulus; stimulating.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A substance that acts to increase physiological or nervous activity in the body.
- n. Something that promotes activity, interest, or enthusiasm.
- adj. Acting as a stimulant.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Serving to stimulate.
- adj. Produced increased vital action in the organism, or in any of its parts.
- n. That which stimulates, provokes, or excites.
- n. An agent which produces a temporary increase of vital activity in the organism, or in any of its parts; -- sometimes used without qualification to signify an alcoholic beverage used as a stimulant.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Stimulating; serving to stimulate, incite, or provoke; specifically, in physiology, temporarily quickening some functional or trophic process.
- n. That which stimulates, provokes, or incites; a stimulus; a spur.
- n. In physiology, an agent which temporarily quickens some functional or trophic process.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. that stimulates
- n. a drug that temporarily quickens some vital process
- n. any stimulating information or event; acts to arouse action
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We take a solution of what we call a stimulant and immerse the bioplasm in it, and we find that it increases its activity, moves faster, takes up more pabulum, and divides more rapidly than in the unstimulated condition.
But the eye-opening stimulant is found in lots of other beverages, and even some food and medications.
In similar ways to stimulant drugs such as amphetamine, clenbuterol can have short-term stimulant effects, including increasing aerobic capacity, blood pressure and alertness.
The main stimulant used for ADHD is an amphetamine-like drug, which purportedly acts as a tranquilizer in children.
Senor, the former U.S. occupation official, agrees that Saddam's trial could be a "short-term stimulant" for the insurgency.
The combination of all these ingredients makes for a very tasty and refreshing after dinner treat; the plant enzymes, lime paste, and mild stimulant from the betel nut acts as a digestion enhancer and breath freshener.
(The yeoman farmers hit the moonshine, whereas caffeine, a stimulant, is the drug for our age.)
When the economy faltered and the surplus shrank, the reason for the tax cut had to be adjusted, and it was sold as a short-term stimulant for the economy.
It can also have a short-term stimulant effect including improving aerobic capacity.
Such inappropriate treatment is particularly worrisome because of the unknown impacts of long-term stimulant use on children's health, Elder said.
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