Definitions for stimulantˈstɪm yə lənt

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

stim•u•lantˈstɪm 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.

    Category: Pharmacology, Physiology

  2. any food or beverage that stimulates, esp. coffee, tea, or, in its initial effect, alcoholic liquor.

  3. a stimulus or incentive.

  4. (adj.)temporarily quickening some vital process or functional activity.

  5. stimulating.

Origin of stimulant:

1720–30; < L stimulant-, s. of stimulāns, prp. of stimulāre to goad. See stimulus , -ant

Princeton's WordNet

  1. stimulation, stimulus, stimulant, input(noun)

    any stimulating information or event; acts to arouse action

  2. stimulant, stimulant drug, excitant(adj)

    a drug that temporarily quickens some vital process

  3. stimulant, stimulating(adj)

    that stimulates

    "stimulant phenomena"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. stimulant(noun)ˈstɪm yə lənt

    a substance that makes you feel more active or awake

    Coffee contains a stimulant.


  1. stimulant(Noun)

    A substance that acts to increase physiological or nervous activity in the body.

  2. stimulant(Noun)

    Something that promotes activity, interest, or enthusiasm.

  3. stimulant(Adjective)

    Acting as a stimulant.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Stimulant(adj)

    serving to stimulate

  2. Stimulant(adj)

    produced increased vital action in the organism, or in any of its parts

  3. Stimulant(noun)

    that which stimulates, provokes, or excites

  4. Stimulant(noun)

    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


  1. Stimulant

    Stimulants are psychoactive drugs which induce temporary improvements in either mental or physical functions or both. Examples of these kinds of effects may include enhanced alertness, wakefulness, and locomotion, among others. Due to their effects typically having an "up" quality to them, stimulants are also occasionally referred to as "uppers". Depressants or "downers", which decrease mental and/or physical function, are in stark contrast to stimulants and are considered to be their functional opposites. Stimulants are widely used throughout the world as prescription medicines and as illicit substances of recreational use or abuse.

Translations for stimulant

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


something, eg a medicine, drink etc that makes one more alert

tea, coffee and other stimulants.

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