Hypertext Webster Gateway: "excitement"

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Excitement \Ex*cite"ment\n. [Cf. OF. excitement, escitement.]
1. The act of exciting, or the state of being roused into
action, or of having increased action; impulsion;
agitation; as, an excitement of the people.

2. That which excites or rouses; that which moves, stirs, or
induces action; a motive.

The cares and excitements of a season of transition
and struggle. --Talfowrd.

3. (Physiol.) A state of aroused or increased vital activity
in an organism, or any of its organs or tissues.

From WordNet (r) 1.7 (wn)

n 1: the feeling of lively and cheerful joy; "he could hardly
conceal his excitement when she agreed" [syn: {exhilaration}]
2: the state of being excited; "his face was flushed with
excitement and his hands trembled"
3: something that excites; "he looked forward to the
excitements of the day" [syn: {excitation}]
4: disturbance usually in protest [syn: {agitation}, {turmoil},
{upheaval}, {hullabaloo}]

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