stimulus


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stimulus

noun activator, animator, arouser, calcar, catalyst, catalytic agent, cause, drive, encouragement, fillip, goad, impetus, impulse, incentive, incitement, inducement, influence, mooivating force, motive, needle, prod, provocation, push, reason, shock, spur, stimulant, stimulation, stimulative, stimulator, sting, urge, whet
See also: cause, impetus, incentive, inducement, instigation, motive, origination, provocation, reason
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So I forced myself from my lethargy of despair and grief; and this thought, the sweetest thought of all my life, may or may not have been my unrealized stimulus ere now; it was in very deed my most conscious and perpetual spur henceforth until the end.
This delicate-looking man, himself nervously perturbed, found the needed stimulus in his strenuous circumstances, and through that difficult night and morning, while he had the air of an animated corpse returned to movement without warmth, holding the mastery by its chill impassibility his mind was intensely at work thinking of what he had to guard against and what would win him security.
Between the refreshing water that he had drunk and the stimulus of renewed hope, Clayton found strength to stagger through the shallow water to the shore with a line made fast to the boat's bow.
at once the stimulus and the object of his desires.
The danger was vivid and actual but without the stimulus of that blood-red background.
It happened opportunely, that Boxer, without receiving the proposed stimulus, began to bark with great zeal.
From that moment Boxtel's interest in tulips was no longer a stimulus to his exertions, but a deadening anxiety.
The least sound of it was a stimulus to his love, and he thrilled and throbbed with every word she uttered.
He had not had his clothes off for thirty hours, and the stimulus of violent excitement was beginning to wear off.
Yes," said Polly, unconsciously giving the strongest stimulus to her brother's hope and courage.
But the same stimulus to the human organism will not continue to produce the same response.
No other knowledge has given an equal stimulus to the mind.