American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Something causing or regarded as causing a response.
- n. An agent, action, or condition that elicits or accelerates a physiological or psychological activity or response.
- n. Something that incites or rouses to action; an incentive: "Works which were in themselves poor have often proved a stimulus to the imagination” ( W.H. Auden).
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Literally, a goad.
- n. In botany, a sting: as, the nettle is furnished with stimuli.
- n. The point at the end of a crozier, pastoral staff, precentor's staff, or the like. In the staves of ecclesiastical authority the stimulus or point is regarded as the emblem of judgment or punishment.
- n. Something that excites or rouses the mind or spirits; something that incites to action or exertion; an incitement or incentive.
- n. In physiology, something which evokes some functional or trophic reaction in the tissues on which it acts.
- n. In entomology, a stinging-hair.
- n. The continuation in sense-organ, nerve, and brain of a process of stimulation externally initiated; the physiological excitation which is aroused by the action of an external stimulus.
- n. this sense?) Anything that may have an impact or influence on a system.
- n. this sense?) (physiology) Something external that elicits or influences a physiological or psychological activity or response.
- n. this sense?) (psychology) Anything effectively impinging upon any of the sensory apparatuses of a living organism, including physical phenomena both internal and external to the body.
- n. this sense?) Anything that induces a person to take action.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A goad; hence, something that rouses the mind or spirits; an incentive.
- n. That which excites or produces a temporary increase of vital action, either in the whole organism or in any of its parts; especially (Physiol.), any substance or agent capable of evoking the activity of a nerve or irritable muscle, or capable of producing an impression upon a sensory organ or more particularly upon its specific end organ.
- n. any stimulating information or event; acts to arouse action
- From Latin stimulus ("goad, prick") (Wiktionary)
- Latin, goad. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“* -- Here we place any reaction which is a repetition of any previous stimulus from amongst the ten next preceding, at the same time placing * repetition of preceding stimulus* under a separate heading.”
“If the quantity of sensorial power remains the same, and the quantity of stimulus be lessened, a weakness of the fibrous contractions ensues, which may be denominated _debility from defect of stimulus_.”
“President Obama avoided the term "stimulus" last night in his speech before Congress.”
“In fact, whenever you hear the term "stimulus," a valid substitute term would be "forcible government overrides of private capital allocations.”
“The term stimulus is already a dirty word, even within the Obama administration.”
“If the stimulus is a success, they will lose more ground in their plan to take over America.”
“Please guys, find something to report on other than this woman, there's relevant news to report, like the how the stimulus is anything but, no other distractions with Palin please ....”
“In addition, recent projections indicate our economy should be out of the recession by the second half of this year, which means the stimulus is attributing to some cautiously optimistic signs going forward.”
“I don't know where those commenting on the impact of the stimulus are getting their information (perhaps from Fake News, or some other conservative, Obama-hating, talking heads) but according to most economists surveyed, the impact of the stimulus is accounting for 1 to 3% of economic growth in the second quarter where, they estimate, growth would have been 0% to negative.”
“How can they claim to be sooo different than Obama and speak on how bad the stimulus is and the bailouts and cap and trade etc and then vocally and financially support a candidate who supports those issues?”
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