Definition of stimulant
1 : an agent (such as a drug) that produces a temporary increase of the functional activity or efficiency of an organism or any of its parts
2 : stimulus
3 : an alcoholic beverage —not used technically
Examples of stimulant in a Sentence
The movie was a stimulant to discussion.
the relaxed zoning regulations should serve as a stimulant for development in the area
Recent Examples of stimulant from the Web
Caffeine is a strong and potentially dangerous stimulant, particularly for children and adolescents.
Jokes aside, fresh juices and restorative tonics—featuring herbal ingredients like ashwagandha (a mild stimulant) and blue lotus (a mild sedative)—are a prominent part of the menu.
Riding the rigs means fighting sleep and strained eyes; riding out cramps and kidney-punishing roads; occasionally getting jacked up on stimulants or running tighter-than-ever schedules to beat the logbooks; and feeling not just lonesome but lonely.
In one case, a father ran out of cash while buying qat — leaves habitually chewed as a stimulant in Yemen —
Synthetic opioids are often more deadly than other kinds of common designer drugs, such as artificial cannabinoids or stimulants known as bath salts.
Warming temperatures act as a stimulant to the production of pollen and other allergens.
Upon appeal, the Court of Arbitration for Sport reduced it to four months after finding Cilic had ingested the stimulant inadvertently.
Perhaps the biggest stimulant to American manufacturing is the move toward reshoring.
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First Known Use of stimulant
STIMULANT Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of stimulant for English Language Learners
: something (such as a drug) that makes you more active or gives you more energy
: something that causes more activity
STIMULANT Defined for Kids
Definition of stimulant for Students
: stimulating or tending to stimulate
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