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Definition of the noun excitation

What does excitation mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: excitations

  1. the state of being emotionally aroused and worked up
  2. the neural or electrical arousal of an organ or muscle or gland
    • lexical domain: States - nouns denoting stable states of affairs
    • synonyms of excitation: innervation / irritation
    • more generic word: arousal = a state of heightened physiological activity
  3. something that agitates and arouses
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • synonym of excitation: excitement
    • more generic words: arousal / rousing = the act of arousing
    • more specific words:
      • hair-raiser / chiller = excitation that makes your hair stand up or that chills your bones
      • thrill = something that causes you to experience a sudden intense feeling or sensation

Alternative definition of the noun excitation


  1. The act of exciting or putting in motion; the act of rousing up or awakening.
  2. The act of producing excitement (stimulation); also, the excitement produced.
  3. [physiology] The activity produced in an organ, tissue, or part, such as a nerve cell, as a result of stimulation
  4. [physics] The change in state as an excited state is formed by the absorption of a quantum of energy


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Excitation: An electric generator or electric motor consists of a rotor spinning in a magnetic field. The magnetic field may be produced by permanent magnets or by field coils. In the case of a machine with field coils, a current must flow in the coils to generate the field, otherwise no power is transferred to or from the rotor. The process of generating a magnetic field by means of an electric current is called excitation.

Phrases with Excitation

  1. Excitation Energy
  2. Excitation function
  3. self-excitation

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Excitation

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Google previewVehicle Dynamics (2013)

Theory and Application by Reza N. Jazar

A harmonic excitation is any combination of sinusoidal functions that applies on a vibrating system. If the system is...

Google previewHuman Nature (2017)

Innate Properties by Stephen Gislason

Excitation is the tendency of a neuronal network to increase responses to novel stimuli. Excitation is the basis of behavioral and emotional responses to the strange and unfamiliar. If an event is familiar, you assume it is probably safe and you ...

Google previewMatter and Interactions I, Modern Mechanics (2016)

by CTI Reviews

Electron excitation is the transfer of a bound electron to a more energetic, but still bound state. This can...

thermal excitation is a process where lattice vibrations provide enough energy to transfer electrons to a higher energy band. In physics ...

Google previewMRI from Picture to Proton (2003)

by Donald W. McRobbie

Slice selection or selective excitation is the process whereby MR signals are restricted to a two-dimensional plane or slab within the patient. The position, width and orientation of the slice can all be controlled by the operator. 7.4.1 Selective ...

Google previewInformation Photonics (2016)

Fundamentals, Technologies, and Applications by Asit Kumar Datta, Soumika Munshi

Although twophoton excitation is the most desirable method for bitdata recording in 3D ...

Google previewCathodoluminescence Microscopy of Inorganic Solids (1990)

by B.G. Yacobi, D.B. Holt

in these studies lead to significant electron beam-induced heating of the material; another undesirable effect associated with high excitation is the high excess carrier generation rate ...

Google previewEnvironmental Health and Safety for Hazardous Waste Sites (2002)

by Richard C. Barth, Patricia D. George, Ronald H. Hill

Excitation is the addition of energy to an atom or molecule, ...

Google previewThe Essential Physics of Medical Imaging (2011)

by Jerrold T. Bushberg, J. Anthony Seibert, Edwin M. Leidholdt, John M. Boone

Excitation is the transfer of some of the incident ...

Google previewHeavy Elements and Related New Phenomena

by Walter Greiner

100, D-14109 Berlin, Germany, and Fachbereich Physik, Freie Universitt Berlin 1 Introduction Nucleon transfer besides inelastic excitation is the basic process which has to be considered if two nuclei ...

Google previewMental Health Research Institute Staff Publications (1968)

by University of Michigan. Mental Health Research Institute

INTRODUCTION ONE OF the most important problems in the study of visual excitation is the changes undergone by the molecule rhodopsin immediately ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Chromatography 2004 Update Supplement (2004)

by Jack Cazes

Once stray light and background signals are under control, a laser can be used to increase the excitation intensity, leading to larger signals and improved limit of detection (LOD) in fluorescence. To prevent photobleaching of analytes and ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Media Violence (2013)

One-Volume Set by Matthew S. Eastin

Furthermore, following the two-factor theory of emotion, ETT treats the sympathetic excitation as a nonspecific and unitary physiological activation and experience; it alone cannot determine an emotional experience. In experiments, the ...

Google previewThe Encyclopedia of Physics (2013)

by Robert Besancon

Low temperatures, high electrical and magnetic fields, intense excitation and short times are among the conditions used to investigate luminescent phenomena. Luminescent excitation is most generally formulated theoretically as a collective ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Chemical Physics and Physical Chemistry: Applications (2001)

by Nicholas D. Spencer, John H. Moore

Introduction In condensed phase matter, the process of electronic excitation through the absorption of light commonly results in a system with an initially high degree of energetic instability. One of the most important and rapid means by ...

Google previewThe Standard Electrical Dictionary: A Popular Dictionary of Words and Terms Used in the Practice of Electrical Engineering (1898)

by Thomas O'Conor Sloane

Premisingthat alteration ofthe magnetic fluxis thealmost universal way of control, itcanbe donein two ways; first, by varying the excitation or ampere turnsof the field, and second by varying thereluctance ofthe magnetic circuit. The excitation ...

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Excitation Meaning

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That a strong stimulus to such an afferent nerve, exciting most or all of its fibres, should in regard to a given muscle develop inhibition and excitation concurrently is not surprising. (Charles Scott Sherrington)
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Scrabble value of E1X8C3I1T1A1T1I1O1N1

The value of this 10-letter word is 19 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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