Definitions of stimulant

  1. any stimulating information or event; acts to arouse action
  2. that stimulates; " stimulant phenomena"
  3. a drug that temporarily quickens some vital process
  4. Serving to stimulate.
  5. Produced increased vital action in the organism, or in any of its parts.
  6. That which stimulates, provokes, or excites.
  7. An agent which produces a temporary increase of vital activity in the organism, or in any of its parts; -- sometimes used without qualification to signify an alcoholic beverage used as a stimulant.
  8. That which excites, spurs on, or produces a temporary increase of vitality; a medicine or alcoholic drink having such an effect.
  9. Serving to excite or spur on; producing greater vitality.
  10. 1. Stimulating, exciting to action. 2. An agent that arouses organic activity, strengthens the action of the heart, increases vitality, and promotes a sense of well- being. Stimulants are classified, according to the parts upon which they chiefly act, as cardiac, respiratory, stomachic, hepatic, cerebral, spinal, vascular, genital, etc.
  11. Stimulating: increasing or exciting vital action.
  12. Anything that stimulates or excites: a stimulating medicine.
  13. Anything that stimulates.
  14. Exciting or increasing action.
  15. Anything that stimulates, as an intoxicant.
  16. Producing a transient increase of vital energy.
  17. A medicine which has this effect. See Stimulus.
  18. In med., anything which produces a sudden increase of vital energy and strength.
  19. Having the quality of increasing or exciting vital action.
  20. A stimulus- producing agent.

Usage examples for stimulant

  1. The moment had come when the stimulant was precious. – Sant' Ilario by F. Marion Crawford
  2. She deliberately believed it was the glorious autumn weather that made her feel this stimulant in the air, in the sea- bordered forest, in the society of young people; that amusing Captain Ross, little Mr. Brown, the pretty Howel- Jones child, and Mr. Awdas, for instance. – The Disturbing Charm by Berta Ruck
  3. At the same time the constant inflammation has made its stimulant effects noted in a great increase in the growth of the horn of the wall. – Diseases of the Horse's Foot by Harry Caulton Reeks
  4. This course would, at any rate, keep alive the spirit of emulation which, in itself, is a wholesome stimulant to enterprise and endeavour, as well as to economy. – Fifty Years of Railway Life in England, Scotland and Ireland by Joseph Tatlow
  5. But she made no comment; her partner's style was not a stimulant to repartee. – The Two Vanrevels by Booth Tarkington
  6. We do not deny that the union may have developed their traits, but it is clear that within that time snuff had become a national stimulant. – Tobacco; Its History, Varieties, Culture, Manufacture and Commerce by E. R. Billings
  7. Dickson forced him to take a large stimulant, and put a man to watch him, fearing he might rush on deck and pitch himself into the sea. – Annie o' the Banks o' Dee by Gordon Stables
  8. She began to question him, in a timid sort of way, about his experiences- whether stage- fright was difficult to get over- whether he thought that the immediate and enthusiastic approbation of the public was a beneficial stimulant- whether the continuous excitement of the emotional nature tended to render it callous, or, on the other hand, more sensitive and sympathetic- and so forth. – Prince Fortunatus by William Black
  9. He had also seen very little of Barbara Heathcote for some time, and she had been to him as a mental stimulant, of which he felt the loss, while now his prospects seemed as dreary as the dripping waste he stared across with heavy eyes. – A Damaged Reputation by Harold Bindloss
  10. I ought not to drink coffee, but how could I stand the strain of all that I look for should I not take some stimulant? – The Nightrider's Feud by Walter C. McConnell
  11. The thought acted as a stimulant. – Tom Slade Motorcycle Dispatch Bearer by Percy Keese Fitzhugh
  12. I wish it did not also quench our thirst for the knowledge we all ought to have of its production and really serviceable qualities; that it would stimulate inquiry after such things, and not smother it, as it is too apt to do; and, in general, prompt us to a wiser study of our social wants, and the means at our command for further social improvement; which we might prosecute with less and less recourse to the stimulant virtues of malt in such forms as whisky. – Lectures on Popular and Scientific Subjects by John Sutherland Sinclair, Earl of Caithness
  13. Over and over the stimulant was urged and forced upon her; when suddenly her eyes flashed open and she looked at them with the old power that had made people obey her all her life. – The Iron Woman by Margaret Deland
  14. " Grant," said the doctor, after the administration of some strong stimulant, " help us all you can. – A Man and a Woman by Stanley Waterloo
  15. Vere apparently had been trying to force some stimulant upon the man who was myself, yet was not myself, for while I watched he reluctantly rose from bending above the figure and set a glass upon the table. – The Thing from the Lake by Eleanor M. Ingram
  16. In the moist, cool, early spring they make a great start, feeling the impulse of the powerful stimulant. – The Home Acre by E. P. Roe
  17. His hand trembled, but the stimulant helped him a little. – Santa Claus's Partner by Thomas Nelson Page
  18. A doctor came in, and Delafield made a painful effort to take the few spoonfuls of food and stimulant pressed upon him. – Lady Rose's Daughter by Mrs. Humphry Ward
  19. Mr. Jocelyn, meanwhile, attended upon her in a silent, gentle, self- possessed manner that puzzled Mildred greatly, although she ascribed it to the stimulant he had taken. – Without a Home by E. P. Roe
  20. Corsini, his blood aglow with the generous stimulant, the strange circumstances, rose up, took his violin from its case, and drew the bow lovingly across the strings. – The Intriguers by William Le Queux