stimulant


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stim·u·lant

 (stĭm′yə-lənt)
n.
1. An agent, especially a chemical agent such as caffeine, that temporarily arouses or accelerates physiological or organic activity.
2. A stimulus or an incentive: "An age of political excitement is usually a stimulant to literature" (Will Durant).
3. A food or drink, especially an alcoholic drink, believed to have a stimulating effect.
adj.
Serving as or being a stimulus; stimulating.

stimulant

(ˈstɪmjʊlənt)
n
1. (Pharmacology) a drug or similar substance that increases physiological activity, esp of a particular organ
2. any stimulating agent or thing
adj
(Physiology) increasing physiological activity; stimulating
[C18: from Latin stimulāns goading, from stimulāre to urge on; see stimulus]

stim•u•lant

(ˈstɪm yə lənt)

n.
1. a drug or other agent that temporarily quickens some vital process or the functional activity of some organ or part: a heart stimulant.
2. any food or beverage that stimulates, esp. coffee, tea, or, in its initial effect, alcoholic liquor.
3. a stimulus or incentive.
adj.
4. temporarily quickening some vital process or functional activity.
5. stimulating.
[1720–30; < Latin stimulant-, s. of stimulāns, present participle of stimulāre to goad. See stimulus, -ant]

stim·u·lant

(stĭm′yə-lənt)
A drug or other substance, such as caffeine, that speeds up or excites a body system, especially the nervous system.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.stimulant - any stimulating information or eventstimulant - any stimulating information or event; acts to arouse action
information - knowledge acquired through study or experience or instruction
elicitation, evocation, induction - stimulation that calls up (draws forth) a particular class of behaviors; "the elicitation of his testimony was not easy"
kick - the sudden stimulation provided by strong drink (or certain drugs); "a sidecar is a smooth drink but it has a powerful kick"
turn-on - something causing excitement or stimulating interest
negative stimulation, turnoff - something causing antagonism or loss of interest
conditioned stimulus - the stimulus that is the occasion for a conditioned response
reinforcer, reinforcing stimulus, reinforcement - (psychology) a stimulus that strengthens or weakens the behavior that produced it
discriminative stimulus, cue - a stimulus that provides information about what to do
positive stimulus - a stimulus with desirable consequences
negative stimulus - a stimulus with undesirable consequences
2.stimulant - a drug that temporarily quickens some vital process
amphetamine, pep pill, upper, speed - a central nervous system stimulant that increases energy and decreases appetite; used to treat narcolepsy and some forms of depression
analeptic - a medication used as a stimulant to the central nervous system
aphrodisiac - a drug or other agent that stimulates sexual desire
butyl nitrite, isobutyl nitrite - a colorless pungent liquid sometimes used as a stimulant drug by drug abusers
drug - a substance that is used as a medicine or narcotic
kat, khat, qat, quat, African tea, Arabian tea, cat - the leaves of the shrub Catha edulis which are chewed like tobacco or used to make tea; has the effect of a euphoric stimulant; "in Yemen kat is used daily by 85% of adults"
methylphenidate, Ritalin - central nervous system stimulant (trade name Ritalin) used in the treatment of narcolepsy in adults and attention deficit disorder in children
popper - a container of stimulant drug (amyl nitrate or butyl nitrite)
Adj.1.stimulant - that stimulates; "stimulant phenomena"
stimulative - capable of arousing or accelerating physiological or psychological activity or response by a chemical agent

stimulant

noun pick-me-up, tonic, restorative, upper (slang), reviver, bracer (informal) (informal), energizer, pep pill (informal), excitant, analeptic the use of a banned stimulant
downer (slang), sedative, depressant, tranquilliser, calmant

stimulant

noun
Something that causes and encourages a given response:
Translations
povzbuzující prostředek
stimulansstimulerende middel
izgatószer
örvandi lyf
tonizuojantis vaistas/gėrimas
uzbudinošs līdzeklis
povzbudzujúci prostriedok

stimulant

[ˈstɪmjʊlənt]
A. ADJestimulante
B. N (= drug, coffee, cigarettes) → estimulante m, excitante m (fig) → acicate m (to para)

stimulant

[ˈstɪmjʊlənt] nstimulant m

stimulant

nStimulans nt, → Anregungsmittel nt; (fig)Ansporn m

stimulant

[ˈstɪmjʊlənt] nstimolante m

stimulant

(ˈstimjulənt) noun
something, eg a medicine, drink etc that makes one more alert. tea, coffee and other stimulants.

stim·u·lant

n. estimulante, agente que produce una reacción.

stimulant

adj & n estimulante m
References in classic literature ?
As these all contained alcohol, or some other stimulant, she found that they all did her good while she took them; and so she was always chasing the phantom of good health, and losing it because she was too poor to continue.
The martyr, when faced even by a death of bodily anguish and horror, finds in the very terror of his doom a strong stimulant and tonic.
The young man, as they politely phrased it, stood in need of some special stimulant to stir him up.
Jorkins was not by any means the awful creature one might have expected, but a large, mild, smooth-faced man of sixty, who took so much snuff that there was a tradition in the Commons that he lived principally on that stimulant, having little room in his system for any other article of diet.
Her paroxysms of exhilaration, followed by a gnawing sense of failure and uselessness, were known to her mother only as "wildness" and "low spirits," to be combated by needlework as a sedative, or beef tea as a stimulant.
A fair-minded survey of the entire independent telephone movement would probably show that it was at first a stimulant, followed, as stimulants usually are, by a reaction.
Well, then, all this that I put before thee is but an incentive and stimulant to my spirit, making my heart burst in my bosom through eagerness to engage in this adventure, arduous as it promises to be; therefore tighten Rocinante's girths a little, and God be with thee; wait for me here three days and no more, and if in that time I come not back, thou canst return to our village, and thence, to do me a favour and a service, thou wilt go to El Toboso, where thou shalt say to my incomparable lady Dulcinea that her captive knight hath died in attempting things that might make him worthy of being called hers.
Arthur's presence, however, seemed to act as a stimulant.
They continually invited me to partake of food, and when after eating heartily I declined the viands they continued to offer me, they seemed to think that my appetite stood in need of some piquant stimulant to excite its activity.
At length there came an interruption, which seemed like a powerful stimulant.
Tell us what you can, but stop when you are tired and keep up your strength with a little stimulant.
The general's evident desire of preventing such an examination was an additional stimulant.