agitation

noun
ag·i·ta·tion | \ ˌa-jə-ˈtā-shən \
plural agitations

Definition of agitation 

1 : the act or an instance of agitating something : a moving back and forth or with an irregular, rapid, or violent action In candy making, this agitation usually consists of working the chocolate back and forth on a marble surface with a large scraper. —Rose Levy Beranbaum The technology is based on the controlled agitation of concentrated ore particles with precisely determined amounts of acid. —Corale L. Brierley

2 : a state or feeling of being agitated and restless nervous agitation Holmes was for the moment as startled as I. His hand closed like a vice upon my wrist in his agitation. —Arthur Conan Doyle She sat some time in a good deal of agitation, listening, trembling, and fearing to be sent for every moment … —Jane Austen : a state of excessive psychomotor activity accompanied by increased tension and irritability … characterized by prominent agitation, irritability, and delusions —Oliver Freudenreich et al. Propranolol and other beta-blockers suppress physical symptoms of agitation and anxiety by slowing down the sympathetic nervous system.The Harvard Mental Health Letter

3 : a persistent and sustained attempt to arouse public feeling or influence public opinion (as by appeals, discussions, or demonstrations) political agitation … makes it clear that this assertive attitude of black women was essential during the agitation for civil rights. —Gloria Naylor

First Known Use of agitation

1547, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of agitation was in 1547

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agitation

noun
ag·i·ta·tion | \ ˌa-jə-ˈtā-shən \

Kids Definition of agitation

: the act of agitating : the state of being agitated agitation of the water's surface He spoke with increasing agitation about the situation.

agitation

noun
ag·i·ta·tion | \ ˌaj-ə-ˈtā-shən \

Medical Definition of agitation 

: a state of excessive psychomotor activity accompanied by increased tension and irritability

Other words from agitation

agitated \ˈaj-ə-ˌtāt-əd \ adjective

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