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 minutes showed that several Fed officials believed that Trump's stimulus plans would likely not begin until next year.
These worldwide stimulus efforts can be a mixed bag for U.S. interests.
But larger advanced economies are holding firm to tight budgets, making Canada’s embrace of debt-fueled stimulus unusual.
The pleasure centers of the brain light up when introduced to the stimulus.
Energy policy experts praise some of the stimulus spending, such as the $400 million that funded the creation of an Energy Department laboratory, modeled after Pentagon research labs, that is devoted to finding breakthroughs in clean technologies.
Voters were excited by a hailstorm of divisive events: the dot-com bust, the Bush-versus-Gore recount, the 9/11 terrorist attacks, the Iraq War, the financial crisis, the bailouts and stimulus, and the Affordable Care Act.
Then there’s involuntary attention, in which your mind locks on to stimuli like a sunset or a waterfall with minimal effort.
With China's lightning-quick recovery (its public stimulus package was second in size only to our own), commodity prices are once again rising, boding well for those economies whipsawed by recent volatility.
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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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