from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Tending to excite; stimulating.
  • n. An agent or stimulus that excites; a stimulant.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. exciting; stimulating
  • n. Something that excites or stimulates; a stimulant

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Tending to excite; exciting.
  • n. An agent or influence which arouses vital activity, or produces increased action, in a living organism or in any of its tissues or parts; a stimulant.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Tending to excite; exciting.
  • n. That which excites or rouses to action or increased action; specifically, in therapeutics, whatever produces, or is fitted to produce, increased action in any part of a living organism.

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

  • n. a drug that temporarily quickens some vital process
  • adj. (of drugs e.g.) able to excite or stimulate


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  • It places the physical symptoms of the emotions at the very beginning, and considers them the direct effects of the external excitant, which is expressed by this elegant formula: "It used to be said, 'I perceive a danger; I am frightened, I tremble.'

    The Mind and the Brain Being the Authorised Translation of L'Âme et le Corps

  • Fraenaet stimuli animi, velut in mari quaedam aurae leves, quaedam placidae, quaedam turbulentae: sic in corpore quaedam affectiones excitant tantum, quaedam ita movent, ut de statu judicii depellant.

    Anatomy of Melancholy

  • Obsoleto, intempestivo, turpi remedio fatentur se uti; recordatione pristinarum voluptatum se recreant, et adversante natura, pollinctam carnetn et enectam excitant.

    Anatomy of Melancholy

  • It is somewhat tart, I grant it; acriora orexim excitant embammata, as he said, sharp sauces increase appetite,

    Anatomy of Melancholy

  • Aden from the interior, and largely used, especially by the Arabs, as a pleasurable excitant.

    First footsteps in East Africa

  • Joe Marley said that's only Acacia nilotica, which is taken as a digestive excitant and to prevent hunger and thirst on raids.

    Freedoms Challenge

  • They were there, I think, looking for something Olympian—not stars, maybe, but at least beautiful people, and beauty, not fellatio, was to have been the excitant.

    film flam

  • Bill, the effeminate to whom fear was an excitant, spoke with glee from the shadows where he was invisible, but his bed creaked as he bounded up and down on it.

    The Tiger in the Smoke

  • Comme l'existence de notre organisme est liée à l'importance attachée aux langues, je pense que son avenir sera excitant et stimulant.

    Entretiens / Interviews / Entrevistas

  • Less than 0.9 of the excitant principle per cent. of air-dried oats, the dose is insufficient to certainly affect the excitability of horses, but above this proportion the excitant action is certain.

    Scientific American Supplement, No. 384, May 12, 1883


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