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  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Stimulator One who stimulates.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The colours yellow, red, and orange are used in fast food restaraunts because those are the colours that stimulate hunger
    • n stimulator One who or that which stimulates.
    • n stimulator Specifically In experimental psychology, any instrument employed to furnish the stimulus in a psychological experiment; especially, the instrument used in the reaction experiment to give the sensory stimulus to which response is made by the reactor.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Beethoven used to pour cold water over his head to stimulate his brain before sitting down to compose.
    • ns Stimulator one who stimulates:—fem. Stim′ulātress
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  • Ray L. Wilbur
    Ray L. Wilbur
    “The potential possibilities of any child are the most intriguing and stimulating in all creation.”
  • Anne Morrow Lindbergh
    “Good communication is as stimulating as black coffee, and just as hard to sleep after.”
  • Katharine Hepburn
    “Enemies are so stimulating.”
  • Minna Antrim
    “Enthusiasms, like stimulants, are often affected by people with small mental ballast.”
  • Norman Vincent Peale
    “Your enthusiasm will be infectious, stimulating and attractive to others. They will love you for it. They will go for you and with you.”
  • Walter Lippmann
    “The study of error is not only in the highest degree prophylactic, but it serves as a stimulating introduction to the study of truth.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L.: cf. F. stimulateur,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. stimulus (for stigmulus)—Gr. stizein, to prick.


In literature:

But the will to action, stimulated back to life, remained.
"The Masters of the Peaks" by Joseph A. Altsheler
The saliva aids the stomach by stimulating its glands to make gastric juice.
"Science in the Kitchen." by Mrs. E. E. Kellogg
Her gaze stimulated not only love but conscience.
"The Roll-Call" by Arnold Bennett
They should really stimulate those to whom they are offered.
"How to Teach" by George Drayton Strayer and Naomi Norsworthy
All muscular action being stimulated by rhythm, in its simple form or in its more developed form as music, rhythm is a stimulant to work.
"Studies in the Psychology of Sex, Volume 4 (of 6)" by Havelock Ellis
The Stimulant Influence of Semen in Coitus.
"Studies in the Psychology of Sex, Volume 5 (of 6)" by Havelock Ellis
But all this was fatal to business, and by spring it was evident that something must be done to stimulate the grocery sales.
"McClure's Magazine, Volume VI, No. 3. February 1896" by Various
This is, however, but another way of saying that it stimulated variation.
"Evolution Of The Japanese, Social And Psychic" by Sidney L. Gulick
Stimulants are medicines capable of exciting the vital energy, whether as exerted in sensation or motion.
"Burroughs' Encyclopaedia of Astounding Facts and Useful Information, 1889" by Barkham Burroughs
Nevertheless, he succeeded in stimulating himself adequately for the last great effort.
"The Devil's Garden" by W. B. Maxwell
This itself stimulates every function, and all the work of the body goes on more energetically.
"The Whence and the Whither of Man" by John Mason Tyler
Margaret, hardly knowing what she did, toyed at first with these delicacies, until she yielded to the demands of her stimulated appetite.
"The Stowmarket Mystery" by Louis Tracy
I can't get over how stimulating this looking in on a group of University men has been.
"An American Idyll" by Cornelia Stratton Parker
His ideals were so lofty that he required little stimulation or urging of any kind.
"Great Pianists on Piano Playing" by James Francis Cooke
Nuncomar, stimulated at once by cupidity and malice, had been constantly attempting to hurt his successful rival.
"Critical and Historical Essays, Volume III (of 3)" by Thomas Babington Macaulay
The stimulant of war.
"The War in the Air; Vol. 1" by Walter Raleigh
What he read stimulated without satisfying his intellect.
"A Popular History of Astronomy During the Nineteenth Century" by Agnes M. (Agnes Mary) Clerke
At the taste of the stimulating liquor the poor creature revived.
"The Cryptogram" by James De Mille
It becomes then a powerful factor in stimulating individualism.
"Ethics" by John Dewey and James Hayden Tufts
When there are symptoms of collapse, stimulants are to be freely employed.
"Memoranda on Poisons" by Thomas Hawkes Tanner

In poetry:

Should glory stimulate,
And daring deeds propose,
That only fame I'd emulate,
To triumph in the cross.
"Hymn II" by William Duke
I trust in Heaven!
The God of battle stimulates my arm,
And fires my soul with ardour not its own.
"David And Goliath. A Sacred Drama" by Hannah More
Who of no party, yet both far and near,
In distant wilderness and crowded mart,
With words that rouse and stimulate and cheer,
Has drawn the whole Dominion to your heart.
"Farewell To Lord And Lady Dufferin" by Nora Pembroke
In fair San Francisco a good man did dwell,
And he wrote out a will, for he didn't feel well.
Said he: "It is proper, when making a gift,
To stimulate virtue by comforting thrift."
"The Legatee" by Ambrose Bierce
The tympanum with perfect drum
Hears not the sound when armies come
With clarion notes and song,
Unless its stimulated nerve
Has fully learned to humbly serve
In stations which belong
"The Five Senses" by Jared Barhite

In news:

Injured rats walk, climb thanks to spinal nerve stimulation.
Lawyers representing the Minnesota Vikings filed court papers last Friday linking the stimulant ephedra with the death of offensive lineman Korey Stringer in 2001.
It's not surprising that the much-ballyhooed "economic stimulus" hasn't done much stimulating.
Small businesses need to be stimulated, not merely stabilized .
We're going to continue with our ideas to stimulate Chautauqua County.
We're going to continue with our ideas to stimulate Chautauqua Count.
Medication varied, but many took stimulants like Ritalin.
Economic stimulant, or just a can of worms.
Judith Warner, contributing writer for the New York Times Magazine and an opinion columnist for, will join The Daily Circuit Monday to discuss the over-use of stimulants in academic environments.
Among the ingredients listed on the label are L-Phenylalanine and caffeine, which are both mild stimulants .
Suspended driver AJ Allmendinger doesn't know what stimulant caused his positive drug test on June 29.
Mike Cameron yesterday became the second player suspended by Major League Baseball for violating the organization's policy on stimulants .
It has been reported that Barry Bonds and Jason Giambi tested positive for stimulants .
Gulotta said these stimulants, which contain potentially dangerous levels of ephedrine, an amphetamine-like chemical, have been associated with 15 deaths and 400 serious injuries nationwide.
Small businesses need to be stimulated, not merely stabilized.

In science:

The discovery of existence of the spin-Peierls transition 41,42 has stimulated much research work in this field.
Thermodynamic properties of the periodic nonuniform spin-1/2 isotropic XY chains in a transverse field
This solution to the maser polarization problem takes into account the fact that a photon generated via stimulated emission does not necessarily have the same polarization as the parent photon, and that the radiation is beamed.
OH Zeeman Magnetic Field Detections Toward Five Supernova Remnants Using the VLA
Randjbar-Daemi, Alexei Smirnov and David Sutherland, for stimulating dicussions and useful remarks.
From Prototype SU(5) to Realistic SU(7) SUSY GUT
Stimulated by the success of the chiral random matrix theory in the description of universal properties of the Dirac eigenvalues, the random matrix model is extended to nonzero temperature and chemical potential.
Random Matrix Theory and Chiral Symmetry in QCD
The pressure increasing, as well as temperature decreasing, decline thermal momentum of particles and stimulates Bose condensation, responsible for coherent clusters formation.
Hierarchic Models of Turbulence, Superfluidity and Superconductivity
Decreasing the temperature to -point: T   2. 17K is accompanied by condition (55), which stimulates Bose-condensation of atoms, increasing the dimensions of primary effectons.
Hierarchic Models of Turbulence, Superfluidity and Superconductivity
Interaction of electrons with primary and secondary ionic effectons of lattice in acoustic (a) and (ā) states, stimulating Cooper pairs formation; 2.
Hierarchic Models of Turbulence, Superfluidity and Superconductivity
Greffet for the many stimulating discussions.
Transport mean free path for Magneto-Transverse Light Diffusion: an alternative approach
This result will hopefully stimulate new efforts to solve the RG equations for different systems analytically in 1d also outside the critical point, and in higher dimensions to perform numerical calculations and get more precise estimates for the Griffiths-McCoy singularities.
Griffiths-McCoy singularities in random quantum spin chains: Exact results through renormalization
We thank Xavier Leroy, Didier Remy, Amr Sabry, and Miley Semmelroth for stimulating discussions about this work.
From Syntactic Theories to Interpreters: A Specification Language and Its Compilation
Influence of guiding magnetic field on emission of stimulated photons in generators utilizing periodic slow-wave structures.
Influence of guiding magnetic field on emission of stimulated photons in generators utilizing periodic slow-wave structures
Discussions with David Hogg were both stimulating and illuminating, as always.
Sigma One
When β approaches unity, the transition from spontaneous to stimulated emission becomes smooth, so that the traditional definition of the threshold as an abrupt change in the Light-in Light-out (L − L) curve of the device is no longer applicable .
Definition of the stimulated emission threshold in high-$\beta$ nanoscale lasers through phase-space reconstruction
In fact, for β = 1 the L − L curve is a perfect straight line, with no break, so that from the viewpoint of energy efficiency the β = 1 laser can be considered “thresholdless” as it exhibits the same efficiency for both spontaneous and stimulated emission.
Definition of the stimulated emission threshold in high-$\beta$ nanoscale lasers through phase-space reconstruction
However, from the viewpoint of dynamical response it is important to be able to distinguish between the spontaneous and stimulated regimes, as the largesignal direct modulation (gain-switching) bandwidth of the laser is different in these two regimes.
Definition of the stimulated emission threshold in high-$\beta$ nanoscale lasers through phase-space reconstruction