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
Recent Examples on the Web Some of the excitable youths even laid down and appeared still for a few brief moments. Christopher Harress | Charress@al.com, al, "‘The only corona here is the one I’m drinking’ - Spring break kids mob Alabama beaches despite fears," 19 Mar. 2020 Some astronomers and excitable members of the public have wondered if the star is about to explode as a supernova. Dennis Overbye, New York Times, "The Further Adventures of Betelgeuse, the Fainting Star," 14 Feb. 2020 Down the street the volunteer went, then back up the other side, until basically the whole route was full of excitable Nelsonville youngsters waving and displaying their brand-new bags. cleveland, "Helium, honey, hair products: Ohio pols’ odd campaign expenses," 6 Feb. 2020 Tim Ryan is an excitable 42-year-old film savant with a mop of reddish hair. Simon Van Zuylen Wood, Wired, "Behind the Scenes at Rotten Tomatoes," 21 Jan. 2020 With their objective suddenly and unexpectedly looming into prospect again, some of the more excitable Scottish nationalists are growing impatient. The Economist, "Another Scottish referendum beckons—and this time the nationalists may win," 17 Oct. 2019 With Johnson’s excitable adviser Dominic Cummings calling the shots in London, anything is possible. Washington Post, "Boris Johnson Plays a Shameless Game With Merkel," 8 Oct. 2019 There, he’s taken up with Ashleigh (Fanning), an excitable blonde and aspiring journalist from Arizona. Rachel Donadio, The Atlantic, "The Disparate Reactions to a New Woody Allen Film," 24 Sep. 2019 Neurons in this area were more excitable than those in control animals when stimulated by dopamine, another chemical that carries messages between neurons. The Economist, "In rats, cannabis during pregnancy rewires the brains of offspring," 19 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of excitable

1609, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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13 Apr 2020

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“Excitable.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/excitable. Accessed 5 Jun. 2020.

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More Definitions for excitable

excitable

adjective
How to pronounce excitable (audio)

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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