excited state


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excited state

n.
A state of a physical system in which the system has more than the minimum possible potential energy and is therefore often unstable.

excit′ed state′



n.
an energy level of a physical system, esp. an atom, molecule, or nucleus, that has higher energy than the ground state.
Translations
état excité
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Polly instantly decided that she would n't borrow Becky's best bonnet, as she at first intended, but get a new one, for in her present excited state, no extravagance seemed too prodigal in honor of this grand occasion.
This was only a friendly Raveloe-way of jesting with the half-crazy oddities of a miser, but it had perhaps helped to throw Silas into a more than usually excited state.
The man no longer hesitated, but took the money, and gave Julia a look and a bow that sunk deep into the tablet of her memory--while Charles thought him extremely well paid for what he had done, but made due allowances for the excited state of his cousin's feelings.
In the excited state of my curiosity, at that moment, the chance reference to Mr.
She was in such an excited state that she seemed to have lost her grip of what German she knew, and mixed it all up with some other language which I did not know at all.
In the excited state of his sensibilities at that moment the action stung him to the quick.
In Anne's excited state, the reply almost maddened her.
She's in an excited state to-night,' said Simon, as he smoothed his rumpled feathers, 'and don't know when she's well off.
He returned home one evening from an interview with her father, who had mentioned that she was out visiting--which was what he always said when she was hard at work to buy his supper--and found Mr Meagles in an excited state walking up and down his room.
That poor boy is in a very excited state to-night," she murmured, after a pause which lasted for three ticks of the clock.
The scar made by the hammer was, as usual in this excited state of her features, strongly marked.
This he did: but being in an excited state, poor Jim had forgotten that his door was open all this time, so that the breeze blowing inwards and a fine thorough draught being established, the clouds of tobacco were carried downstairs, and arrived with quite undiminished fragrance to Miss Crawley and Miss Briggs.