stimulating

2 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Stimulate \Stim"u*late\, verb (used with an object) [imp. & p. p. {Stimulated}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Stimulating}.] [L. stimulatus, p. p. of stimulare to prick or goad on, to incite, fr. stimulus a goad. See {Stimulus}.]

1. To excite as if with a goad; to excite, rouse, or animate, to action or more vigorous exertion by some pungent motive or by persuasion; as, to stimulate one by the hope of reward, or by the prospect of glory.

To excite and stimulate us thereunto. --Dr. J. Scott.

2. (Physiol.) To excite; to irritate; especially, to excite the activity of (a nerve or an irritable muscle), as by electricity.

Syn: To animate; incite; encourage; impel; urge; instigate; irritate; exasperate; incense.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

stimulating

adjective

1: rousing or quickening activity or the senses; "a stimulating discussion" [ant: {unexciting}, {unstimulating}]

2: that stimulates; "stimulant phenomena" [syn: {stimulant}, {stimulating}]

3: making lively and cheerful; "the exhilarating effect of mountain air" [syn: {exhilarating}, {stimulating}]


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