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Definitions for stimulus
ˈstɪm yə ləs; -ˌlaɪstim·u·lus

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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

    Etymology: From stimulus

  2. stimulus(Noun)

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

    Etymology: From stimulus

  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.

    Etymology: From stimulus

  4. stimulus(Noun)

    Anything that induces a person to take action

    Etymology: 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

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

  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

    Etymology: [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.

Editors Contribution

  1. stimulus

    The cause of a response in an organism.

    The fresh manure was a stimulus for growth on the farm land.

    Submitted by MaryC on January 4, 2020  
  2. stimulus

    To have an effect on an organism.

    The stimulus was the hormones effecting the body and production of oestrogen.

    Submitted by MaryC on January 4, 2020  
  3. stimulus

    Unity government spending designed to generate or change economic activity.

    The latest stimulus was lower personal tax rates.

    Submitted by MaryC on January 4, 2020  

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

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  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

Examples of stimulus in a Sentence

  1. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin:

    We will be looking for support for small and medium-sized businesses, we'll be looking for support for certain industries that we've talked about that are particularly hard hit. I've talked about airlines, hotels, others, and we will be looking at a general stimulus.

  2. Stanley Druckenmiller:

    The myopic policy makers have no endgame. They stumble from one short-term fiscal or monetary stimulus to the next, despite overwhelming evidence that they only produce an ephemeral 'sugar high' and grow unproductive debt that impedes long-term growth, the chickens are now coming home to roost.

  3. Japan Deputy Governor Hiroshi Nakaso:

    Infrastructure investment is a stimulus not only for domestic demand, but would also attract investment by foreign firms.

  4. Dan Lashof:

    This is why it is important to think about the nature of the economic stimulus packages around the world as countries come out of the most immediate health crisis.

  5. Mark Williams:

    At this level, stocks are not cheap, the simultaneous cuts in rates and banks' reserve ratios were very strong stimulus. Since that didn't stop the sell-off, then the market wonders what else the policy makers have up in their sleeves.

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