excitable

adjective
ex·​cit·​able | \ ik-ˈsī-tə-bəl How to pronounce excitable (audio) \

Definition of excitable

1 : capable of being readily roused into action or a state of excitement or irritability
2 : capable of being activated by and reacting to stimuli excitable cells

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Other Words from excitable

excitability \ ik-​ˌsī-​tə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce excitability (audio) \ noun
excitableness \ ik-​ˈsī-​tə-​bəl-​nəs How to pronounce excitableness (audio) \ noun

Examples of excitable in a Sentence

an excitable child who needs a stable home life

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But for those of us as equally excitable about celebrity hair and makeup, today is the unofficial anniversary for major celebrity makeovers. Glamour, "The 2019 Met Gala Hair and Makeup Looks Everyone Will Be Talking About," 6 May 2019 Some kissing guidelines apply to basically everyone who doesn’t have a few very specific kinks. Don’t lick someone’s entire face in the manner of an excitable golden retriever. Gigi Engle, SELF, "We Asked 14 People How to Make Kissing Even Better," 28 Mar. 2019 The couple were waved off by the excitable and adorable pageboys and flower girls wearing Spanish label La Oca Loca; the girls in organdy and lace white dresses and flowered espadrilles and the boys in linen tops and shorts. Vogue, "California Dreamers: Hayley Bloomingdale’s Stylish Santa Barbara Wedding," 26 Nov. 2018 The researchers showed that neurons encoding one memory remained more excitable for at least five hours after learning, creating a window in which a partially overlapping engram might form. Helen Shen, Scientific American, "Portrait of a Memory," 14 Mar. 2018 Known by colleagues as excitable with a traders’ penchant for profanity, Mr. Pick’s track record in the securities business has nevertheless marked him as the front-runner. Liz Hoffman, WSJ, "Morgan Stanley Elevates CEO Contender," 10 July 2018 Queen Elizabeth and Meghan Markle arrived in Chester Thursday morning to excitable crowds who had waited hours to catch a glimpse of Her Majesty and the newest member of the royal family. Katie Nicholl, Vanities, "Meghan Markle Joins the Queen For Her First Royal Outing Without Harry," 14 June 2018 In the case of the moon and Neptune in Pisces, this conjunction suggests heightened emotions, excitable imaginations, and vivid dreams. refinery29.com, "The Moon Wants You To Pay Attention To Your Dreams On Wednesday Night," 2 July 2018 Frankie is an excitable dreamer, husband Mike (Neil Flynn) contained and practical. Robert Lloyd, latimes.com, "Before 'Roseanne's' revival, 'The Middle' carried the torch for America's heartland," 22 May 2018

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First Known Use of excitable

1609, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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excitable

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of excitable

: easily excited

excitable

adjective
ex·​cit·​able | \ ik-ˈsī-tə-bəl How to pronounce excitable (audio) \

Kids Definition of excitable

: easily excited

excitable

adjective
ex·​cit·​able | \ ik-ˈsīt-ə-bəl How to pronounce excitable (audio) \

Medical Definition of excitable

of living tissue or an organism
: capable of being activated by and reacting to stimuli : exhibiting irritability the biochemistry of excitable membranesScience

Other Words from excitable

excitability \ -​ˌsīt-​ə-​ˈbil-​ət-​ē How to pronounce excitability (audio) \ noun, plural excitabilities

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