agitation

noun ag·i·ta·tion \ ˌa-jə-ˈtā-shən \

Definition of agitation

plural agitations
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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AGITATION Defined for Kids

agitation

noun ag·i·ta·tion \ ˌa-jə-ˈtā-shən \

Definition of agitation for Students

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

Medical Dictionary

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

agitated

play \ˈaj-ə-ˌtāt-əd\ adjective


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