Rouse, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Roused p. pr. & vb. n. Rousing.]
1. To cause to start from a covert or lurking place; as, to rouse a deer or other animal of the chase.
Like wild boars late roused out of the brakes. --Spenser.
Rouse the fleet hart, and cheer the opening hound. --Pope.
2. To wake from sleep or repose; as, to rouse one early or suddenly.
3. To excite to lively thought or action from a state of idleness, languor, stupidity, or indifference; as, to rouse the faculties, passions, or emotions.
To rouse up a people, the most phlegmatic of any in Christendom. --Atterbury.
4. To put in motion; to stir up; to agitate.
Blustering winds, which all night long
Had roused the sea. --Milton.
5. To raise; to make erect. [Obs.]
1. Having power to awaken or excite; exciting.
I begin to feel
Some rousing motions in me. --Milton.
2. Very great; violent; astounding; as, a rousing fire; a rousing lie. [Colloq.]
adj 1: capable of arousing enthusiasm or excitement; "a rousing
sermon"; "stirring events such as wars and rescues"
2: rousing to activity or heightened action as by spurring or
goading; "tossed a rousing political comment into the
n : the act of arousing; "the purpose of art is the arousal of
emotions" [syn: arousal]