What does Stimulus mean?

Definitions for Stimulusˈstɪm yə ləs; -ˌlaɪ

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Princeton's WordNet

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

    any stimulating information or event; acts to arouse action


  1. stimulus(Noun)

    Anything that may have an impact or influence on a system

    an economic stimulus

  2. stimulus(Noun)

    Something external that elicits or influences a physiological or psychological activity or response.

  3. stimulus(Noun)

    Anything effectively impinging upon any of the sensory apparatuses of a living organism, including physical phenomena both internal and external to the body.

  4. stimulus(Noun)

    Anything that induces a person to take action

  5. Origin: From stimulus

Webster Dictionary

  1. Stimulus(verb)

    a goad; hence, something that rouses the mind or spirits; an incentive; as, the hope of gain is a powerful stimulus to labor and action

  2. Stimulus(verb)

    that which excites or produces a temporary increase of vital action, either in the whole organism or in any of its parts; especially (Physiol.), any substance or agent capable of evoking the activity of a nerve or irritable muscle, or capable of producing an impression upon a sensory organ or more particularly upon its specific end organ

  3. Origin: [L., for stigmulus, akin to L. instigare to stimulate. See Instigare, Stick, v. t.]


  1. Stimulus

    In physiology, a stimulus is a detectable change in the internal or external environment. The ability of an organism or organ to respond to external stimuli is called sensitivity. When a stimulus is applied to a sensory receptor, it normally elicits or influences a reflex via stimulus transduction. These sensory receptors can receive information from outside the body, as in touch receptors found in the skin or light receptors in the eye, as well as from inside the body, as in chemoreceptors and mechanorceptors. An internal stimulus is often the first component of a homeostatic control system. External stimuli are capable of producing systemic responses throughout the body, as in the fight-or-flight response. In order for a stimulus to be detected with high probability, its level must exceed the absolute threshold; if a signal does reach threshold, the information is transmitted to the central nervous system, where it is integrated and a decision on how to react is made. Although stimuli commonly cause the body to respond, the CNS makes the final decision whether a signal warrants a reaction or not.

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British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Stimulus' in Nouns Frequency: #1649


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Stimulus in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Stimulus in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. India Governor Raghuram Rajan:

    Monetary stimulus has largely run its course.

  2. Jonathan Barratt:

    If the figure is bearish then it means more stimulus.

  3. Beverly Whipple:

    It took greater pain stimulus for them to feel the pain.

  4. Rick Meckler:

    What's helped the market today is the story about more stimulus in China.

  5. Martin Sorrell:

    The lower, the faster, the better. Hopefully, there's more stimulus to come.

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