Definition for STIM'U-LATE

STIM'U-LATE, v.t. [L. stimulo, to prick, to goad, to excite; stimulus, a goad.]

  1. Literally, to prick or goad. Hence,
  2. 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.
  3. In medicine, to produce a quickly diffused and transient increase of vital energy, and strength of action in the heart and arteries.

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