stimulant

noun
stim·​u·​lant | \ ˈstim-yə-lənt How to pronounce stimulant (audio) \

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

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Other Words from stimulant

stimulant adjective

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

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For the study, healthy, young participants consumed 32 ounces of one of two types of energy drinks or a caffeine-free, stimulant-free placebo. Cynthia Sass, Mph, Health.com, "Energy Drinks May Cause Heart Problems—Here’s How to Get a Natural Boost Instead," 4 June 2019 While this stimulant affects everyone differently, generally steer clear of it at least six hours before bed, says Jaclyn London, MS, RD, CDN, Nutrition Director at the Good Housekeeping Institute. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "15 Ways to Sleep Better Tonight, According to Experts," 2 May 2019 The school had labeled the boy as having attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder and urged the parents to see a psychiatrist—who immediately prescribed a stimulant. Erica Komisar, WSJ, "We’re Overmedicating Our Children," 6 Mar. 2019 Many teas, sodas, and types of chocolate also provide this stimulant. Korin Miller, SELF, "Is Coffee Actually Dehydrating?," 6 Mar. 2019 Two other stimulants, BMPEA and oxilofrine, were found in many of the supplements. Sumathi Reddy, WSJ, "The Illegal Ingredients in Your Dietary Supplements," 22 Oct. 2018 Having way too much caffeine, nicotine, or some other stimulant can also make your hands shake. Alison Goldman, SELF, "7 Possible Reasons Your Hands Are Shaking," 21 May 2018 The stimulant laxative works quickly — within two to six hours — so don't take it right before bed. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "The 5 Best Benefits of Castor Oil Are Mostly for Your Hair and Skin," 15 Feb. 2019 Although the popular belief is that stimulants increase jitteriness and nervousness, actual research suggests otherwise: Stimulant medication appear to help kids with ADHD be less anxious. Philly.com, "Summer break shouldn't always mean a 'drug holiday' for kids with ADHD," 1 June 2018

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First Known Use of stimulant

circa 1728, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of stimulant was circa 1728

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More Definitions for stimulant

stimulant

noun

English Language Learners Definition of stimulant

: something (such as a drug) that makes you more active or gives you more energy
: something that causes more activity

stimulant

noun
stim·​u·​lant | \ ˈsti-myə-lənt How to pronounce stimulant (audio) \

Kids Definition of stimulant

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

stimulant

adjective

Kids Definition of stimulant (Entry 2 of 2)

: stimulating or tending to stimulate

stimulant

noun
stim·​u·​lant | \ ˈstim-yə-lənt How to pronounce stimulant (audio) \

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

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