Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The act of stimulating, or the state of being stimulated; urging; encouragement; incitement; increased or quickened action or activity.
  • noun In medicine, the act or method of stimulating; the condition of being stimulated; the effect of the use of stimulants.
  • noun Synonyms See stimulate.

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

  • noun The act of stimulating, or the state of being stimulated.
  • noun (Physiol.) The irritating action of various agents (stimuli) on muscles, nerves, or a sensory end organ, by which activity is evoked; especially, the nervous impulse produced by various agents on nerves, or a sensory end organ, by which the part connected with the nerve is thrown into a state of activity; irritation.

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

  • noun A pushing or goading toward action.
  • noun An activity causing excitement or pleasure.
  • noun biology Any action or condition that creates a response; sensory input.

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

  • noun any stimulating information or event; acts to arouse action
  • noun the act of arousing an organism to action
  • noun mutual sexual fondling prior to sexual intercourse
  • noun (physiology) the effect of a stimulus (on nerves or organs etc.)

Etymologies

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From Latin stimulātiō.

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