from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The state of being excitable
  • n. A measure of how easy something is to excite

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The quality of being readily excited; proneness to be affected by exciting causes.
  • n. The property manifested by living organisms, and the elements and tissues of which they are constituted, of responding to the action of stimulants; irritability.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The quality of being excitable; readiness or proneness to be provoked or moved into action; the quality of being easily agitated; nervousness.
  • n. In physiology, irritability.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. excessive sensitivity of an organ or body part
  • n. being easily excited


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  • From what has been said, it must be evident that life is the effect of a number of external powers, constantly acting on the body, through the medium of that property which we call excitability; that it cannot exist independent of the action of these stimuli; when they are withdrawn, though the excitability does not instantly vanish, there is no life, no motion, but the semblance of death.

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  • I shall use the term excitability, as perhaps the least liable to exception, and in using this term, it is necessary to mention that I mean only to express a fact, without the smallest intention of pointing out the nature of that property which distinguishes living from dead matter; and in this we have the illustrious example of Newton, who called that property which causes bodies in certain situations to approach each other, gravitation, without in the least hinting at its nature.

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  • Your emotional excitability is very high and you require a lot of rest and relaxation to function properly.

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  • While Ageha, with her exuberance and excitability, is more than character enough to carry the romantic tension, it’s nice to see Hidaka reveal that Yukari is almost as complicated and not just a love object.

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  • She recalls his excitability: the passion with which he'd argue, all night if necessary, that the old nomadic times had been better than this city of gold where people exposed their baby daughters in the wilderness.

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  • If we now proceed with our analysis of what is to be included in the notion of excitability, we at once discover, that the different actions which can be provoked by the influence of any external agency are essentially of three kinds.

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  • If anything goes wrong in the process, called excitability, potentially deadly heartbeat abnormalities and epilepsies may arise. - latest science and technology news stories

  • That sort of thing sort of came to typify him and that sort of calm demeanor -- I think you know, a lot of men from the Midwest are not all that excitable or not all that, you know, show outwardly what does excite them what -- you know, they don't have that kind of excitability that sometimes you do see on the East Coast.

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  • The Motion which acts upon Sensible objects enters from without, and so shakes, drives, rouses and thrusts its participants that they may neither rest nor preserve their identity — and all to the end that they may be caught into that restlessness, that flustering excitability which is but an image of Life.

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  • Here we may see the universal transition from sensibility to acute excitability which is a source of many quarrels.

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