Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The act of arousing or awakening; the state of being aroused or awakened.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The act of arousing, or the state of being aroused.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun The act of arousing or the state of being aroused.
  • noun Sexual arousal.
  • noun 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 WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun awakening from sleep
  • noun mutual sexual fondling prior to sexual intercourse
  • noun the act of arousing
  • noun a state of heightened physiological activity

Etymologies

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

arouse + -al

Examples

  • 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.

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  • Sessions involve watching pornographic movies featuring a young boy masturbating while the offender's sexual arousal is measured and punishment administered.

    Creep Suzette (Jack Bog's Blog)

  • 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.

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  • 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.

    The Meaning of School Shootings: Part Four (and Last)

  • I think that's the first time the phrase arousal of the amygdala has ever been in the cable news.

    CNN Transcript Oct 11, 2008

  • 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.

    After the Diagnosis

  • 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.

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  • Chilies also stimulate the nervous system, accentuating the effects of arousal, which is very, very, very good for very, very, very good sex.

    Christina Pirello: The Top 10 Foods for Great 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.

    God, Mormons and Masturbation

  • 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.

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