stimulant

noun stim·u·lant \ ˈstim-yə-lənt \
Updated on: 5 Dec 2017

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

stimulant

adjective

Examples of stimulant in a Sentence

  1. The movie was a stimulant to discussion.

  2. the relaxed zoning regulations should serve as a stimulant for development in the area

Recent Examples of stimulant from the Web

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First Known Use of stimulant

circa 1728


STIMULANT Defined for English Language Learners

stimulant

noun

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

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stimulant

noun stim·u·lant \ ˈsti-myə-lənt \

Definition of stimulant for Students

1 : something (as a drug) that makes the body or one of its parts temporarily more active
  • a heart stimulant
2 : stimulus 1

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stimulant

adjective

Definition of stimulant for Students

: stimulating or tending to stimulate

Medical Dictionary

stimulant

noun stim·u·lant \ ˈstim-yə-lənt \

medical Definition of stimulant

1 : an agent (as a drug) that produces a temporary increase of the functional activity or efficiency of an organism or any of its parts
2 : stimulus 2


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