stimulus

noun
stim·​u·​lus | \ ˈstim-yə-ləs How to pronounce stimulus (audio) \
plural stimuli\ ˈstim-​yə-​ˌlī How to pronounce stimulus (audio) , -​ˌlē \

Definition of stimulus

: something that rouses or incites to activity: such as
a : incentive
c : an agent (such as an environmental change) that directly influences the activity of a living organism or one of its parts (as by exciting a sensory organ or evoking muscular contraction or glandular secretion)

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Examples of stimulus in a Sentence

The pay raise was a stimulus for production. Heat and light are physical stimuli. The dog responded to the stimulus of the ringing bell.
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Recent Examples on the Web The apprehension in Asia stands in stark contrast to places like the U.S. and western Europe, where swift vaccine rollouts and stimulus packages are expected to help fuel speedy recoveries. Fortune, "Debris from China’s 21-ton rocket is crashing toward Earth—but no one knows where it will land," 6 May 2021 Ohio received from two coronavirus stimulus packages passed by Congress last year. cleveland, "Ohio GOP lawmakers back off ballot proposal to extend redistricting deadlines: Capitol Letter," 6 May 2021 The money comes from the stimulus packages approved by Congress in December 2020 and March 2021. Jessica Boehm, The Arizona Republic, "Tom Simplot to head Arizona housing department; Ducey announces $500M to combat homelessness," 5 May 2021 The gradual lifting of lockdowns, stimulus packages, and lower interest rates have led to expectations of faster economic recovery and higher demand from automobile and construction companies, thus leading to the copper rally. Trefis Team, Forbes, "Freeport-McMoRan Stock Doubles In Six Months – More Gains To Follow?," 4 May 2021 Buffett said the policies of the Federal Reserve and the stimulus packages passed by Congress have done a tremendous job of propping up the economy and keeping interest rates low. Josh Funk, Star Tribune, "Warren Buffett warns investors not to gamble on stocks," 1 May 2021 Proposals to raise or undo the cap have since been discussed as part of the stimulus packages passed during the Covid-19 pandemic. New York Times, "Why a $10,000 Tax Deduction Could Hold Up Trillions in Stimulus Funds," 1 May 2021 Buffett said the policies of the Federal Reserve and the stimulus packages passed by Congress have done a tremendous job of propping up the economy because interest rates remain low. Josh Funk, ajc, "Warren Buffett warns investors not to gamble on stocks," 1 May 2021 Relatively smaller government stimulus packages and a heavy reliance on tourism have also been a drag on activity. Hanna Ziady, CNN, "Europe's recession deepened in the first quarter but the recovery is underway," 30 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of stimulus

1684, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for stimulus

Latin

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“Stimulus.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/stimulus. Accessed 16 May. 2021.

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stimulus

noun

English Language Learners Definition of stimulus

: something that causes something else to happen, develop, or become more active
: something that causes a change or a reaction

stimulus

noun
stim·​u·​lus | \ ˈsti-myə-ləs How to pronounce stimulus (audio) \
plural stimuli\ -​ˌlī , -​ˌlē \

Kids Definition of stimulus

1 : something that stirs or urges to action The reward was a stimulus for greater effort.
2 : an influence that acts usually from outside the body to partly change bodily activity (as by exciting a receptor or sense organ) Light, heat, and sound are common physical stimuli.

stimulus

noun
stim·​u·​lus | \ ˈstim-yə-ləs How to pronounce stimulus (audio) \
plural stimuli\ -​ˌlī How to pronounce stimulus (audio) , -​ˌlē How to pronounce stimulus (audio) \

Medical Definition of stimulus

2 : an agent (as an environmental change) that directly influences the activity of living protoplasm (as by exciting a sensory organ or evoking muscular contraction or glandular secretion) a visual stimulus

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