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Definitions for excitation
ˌɛk saɪˈteɪ ʃən, -sɪ-ex·ci·ta·tion

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. excitement, excitation, inflammation, fervor, fervournoun

    the state of being emotionally aroused and worked up

    "his face was flushed with excitement and his hands trembled"; "he tried to calm those who were in a state of extreme inflammation"

  2. excitation, innervation, irritationnoun

    the neural or electrical arousal of an organ or muscle or gland

  3. excitation, excitementnoun

    something that agitates and arouses

    "he looked forward to the excitements of the day"


  1. excitationnoun

    The act of exciting or putting in motion; the act of rousing up or awakening.

  2. excitationnoun

    The act of producing excitement (stimulation); also, the excitement produced.

  3. excitationnoun

    The activity produced in an organ, tissue, or part, such as a nerve cell, as a result of stimulation

  4. excitationnoun

    The change in state as an excited state is formed by the absorption of a quantum of energy

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Excitationnoun

    Etymology: from excito, to excite, Latin.

    All putrefactions come from the ambient body, either by ingress of the ambient body into the body putrefied, or by excitation and solicitation of the body putrefied by the body ambient. Francis Bacon, Natural History, №. 836.

    The original of sensible and spiritual ideas may be owing to sensation and reflection, the recollection and fresh excitation of them to other occasions. Isaac Watts, Logick.


  1. excitation

    Excitation generally refers to the state of being energized, stimulated, activated or aroused. This term is often used in various fields like physics, chemistry, physiology, psychology, and electronics, often with slightly different but related meanings. In physics and chemistry, it often refers to the process where an atom, molecule, or nucleus absorbs energy and gets 'excited' to a higher energy level. In the fields of biochemistry, neurology, and psychology, it can refer to the act of increasing the level of activity or responsiveness of certain cells or systems, such as nerve cells in the brain. In electronics, it pertains to the application of electrical energy to a system or device to make it function.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Excitationnoun

    the act of exciting or putting in motion; the act of rousing up or awakening

  2. Excitationnoun

    the act of producing excitement (stimulation); also, the excitement produced

  3. Etymology: [L. excitatio: cf. F. excitation.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of excitation in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of excitation in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

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