Definition of stimulus
stimuliplay \-ˌlī, -ˌlē\
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.
Recent Examples of stimulus from the Web
The Reagan and Bush tax cuts combined the logic of supply-side economics and of Keynesian stimulus.
Such monetary stimulus can weaken a currency, and the euro has slid from near $1.40 in May 2014 to $1.12 now.
That’s mainly due to extensive monetary stimulus by the European Central Bank.
Under the stimulus of pain, NK1 receptors actually migrate from the surface of neurons into internal compartments called endosomes, the study found.
The Depression gave the stimulus for the first civilian public housing to be built.
Government policies have influenced prices too, especially last year’s stimulus.
The European Central Bank shouldn’t wait too long before withdrawing its large monetary stimulus, German central-bank president Jens Weidmann warned on Monday, wading into a debate over how quickly the ECB should signal a policy shift.
The minutes showed that several Fed officials believed that Trump's stimulus plans would likely not begin until next year.
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Origin and Etymology of stimulus
First Known Use: 1684
STIMULUS Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of stimulus for English Language Learners
: something that causes something else to happen, develop, or become more active
: something that causes a change or a reaction
STIMULUS Defined for Kids
Definition of stimulus for Students
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.
Medical Definition of stimulus
stimuli\-ˌlī, -ˌlē\play play
1: stimulant 1
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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