American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To rouse to activity or heightened action, as by spurring or goading; excite. See Synonyms at provoke.
- v. To increase temporarily the activity of (a body organ or part).
- v. To excite or invigorate (a person, for example) with a stimulant.
- v. To act or serve as a stimulant or stimulus.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To prick; goad; excite, rouse, or animate to action or more vigorous exertion by some effective motive or by persuasion; spur on; incite.
- In physiology, to quicken temporarily some functional or trophic process in.
- Specifically, to affect by the use of intoxicating drinks.
- Synonyms To encourage, impel, urge, instigate, provoke, whet, foment, kindle, stir up.
- To act as a stimulus.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. 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.
- v. (Physiol.) To excite; to irritate; especially, to excite the activity of (a nerve or an irritable muscle), as by electricity.
- v. cause to do; cause to act in a specified manner
- v. cause to occur rapidly
- v. stir feelings in
- v. act as a stimulant
- v. cause to be alert and energetic
- v. provide the needed stimulus for
- v. stir the feelings, emotions, or peace of
- From Latin stimulātus, perfect passive participle of stimulō ("goad on"), from Latin stimulus ("goad"). (Wiktionary)
- Latin stimulāre, stimulāt-, to goad on, from stimulus, goad. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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