Stim·u·late v. t. [imp. & p. p. Stimulated p. pr. & vb. n. Stimulating.]
1. To excite as if with a goad; to excite, rouse, or animate, to action or more vigorous exertion by some pungent motive or by persuasion; as, to stimulate one by the hope of reward, or by the prospect of glory.
To excite and stimulate us thereunto. --Dr. J. Scott.
2. Physiol. To excite; to irritate; especially, to excite the activity of (a nerve or an irritable muscle), as by electricity.
Syn: -- To animate; incite; encourage; impel; urge; instigate; irritate; exasperate; incense.
adj 1: rousing or quickening activity or the senses; "a stimulating
discussion" [ant: unstimulating]
2: that stimulates; "stimulant phenomena" [syn: stimulant]
3: making lively and cheerful; "the exhilarating effect of
mountain air" [syn: exhilarating]