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 excitable (audio) \ noun
excitableness \ ik-​ˈsī-​tə-​bəl-​nəs How to pronounce excitable (audio) \ noun

Examples of excitable in a Sentence

an excitable child who needs a stable home life
Recent Examples on the Web In Vienna, Wilder’s most breathless and most excitable journalism centers on the arrival of the Tiller Girls on the train at Vienna’s Westbahnhof—a naughty-but-nice English female dance troupe, known for their saucy high-kicking routines. Peter Bradshaw, The New Republic, 28 May 2021 But the true Annapurna ahead involves understanding how three pounds of excitable brain matter is responsible for seeing, moving and suffering. Christof Koch, Scientific American, 10 May 2021 Exley, an excitable idealist in his fifties, decided to start a think tank instead. Andrew Marantz, The New Yorker, 24 May 2021 According to Grosberg, the brain of someone with migraine disorder may be more excitable and react to light and sound at a lower threshold than a person who does not have the disorder. Nykia Spradley, Allure, 3 May 2021 Long snappers are usually very low-key guys, who have low heart rates and aren’t too excitable, according to Zauner, and DioGuardi fits that description. Kyle Wood, orlandosentinel.com, 1 May 2021 And the three family dogs, Etta, a black Labrador, Lola, a miniature Dachshund, and Blossom, an excitable whippet, have the run of the grounds. Ruth Bloomfield, WSJ, 28 Apr. 2021 An excitable speaker known for sharing whatever's on his mind, Orput got credit from some viewers for coming out of his house, while others saw his behavior as too loose, or even unhinged. Matt Mckinney, Star Tribune, 23 Apr. 2021 Smock testified that Floyd also showed no signs at the scene of a diagnosis called excitable delirium. Star Tribune, 15 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of excitable

1609, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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9 Jun 2021

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“Excitable.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/excitable. Accessed 12 Jun. 2021.

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More Definitions for excitable

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 excitable (audio) \ noun, plural excitabilities

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