Excite Ex*cite", v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Excited}; p. pr. & vb. n. {exciting}.] [L. excitare; ex out + citare to move rapidly, to rouse: cf. OF. esciter, exciter, F. exciter. See {Cite}.] 1. To call to activity in any way; to rouse to feeling; to kindle to passionate emotion; to stir up to combined or general activity; as, to excite a person, the spirits, the passions; to excite a mutiny or insurrection; to excite heat by friction. [1913 Webster]

2. (Physiol.) To call forth or increase the vital activity of an organism, or any of its parts.

3. (Elec.) To energize (an electro-magnet); to produce a magnetic field in; as, to excite a dynamo. [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

4. (Physics) To raise to a higher energy level; -- used especially of atoms or molecules, or of electrons within atoms or molecules; as, absorption of a photon excites the cesium atom, which subsequently radiates the excess energy. [Webster 1913 Suppl. +PJC]

Syn: To incite; awaken; animate; rouse or arouse; stimulate; inflame; irritate; provoke.

Usage: To {Excite}, {Incite}. When we excite we rouse into action feelings which were less strong; when we incite we spur on or urge forward to a specific act or end. Demosthenes excited the passions of the Athenians against Philip, and thus incited the whole nation to unite in the war against him. Antony, by his speech over the body of C[ae]sar, so excited the feelings of the populace, that Brutus and his companions were compelled to flee from Rome; many however, were incited to join their standard, not only by love of liberty, but hopes of plunder. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


Look at other dictionaries:

  • Excite — URL: www.excite.com Коммерческий: Да Тип сайта: Интернет портал …   Википедия

  • excité — excité, ée [ ɛksite ] adj. et n. • 1846; de exciter 1 ♦ Cour. Qui a une activité mentale, psychique très vive ou plus vive qu à l habitude. ⇒ agité, énervé, nerveux (cf. Dans tous ses états). Il était tout excité et ne tenait plus en place.… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Excite — ist ein Internetportal mit Suchmaschine und eigenem Webverzeichnis. Es gehörte zu den bekanntesten Seiten des Internets und war zusammen mit Yahoo! und Netscape eine der Pioniere der „dotcoms“ der 90er Jahre. Damals arbeitete Excite mit eigenen… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Excite —   [dt. »aufregen«] (Excite@Home), 1995 online gegangene Suchmaschine, die zunächst von Excite Inc. betrieben wurde. Seit 1999 gehörte Excite dem Breitband Provider At Home Corporation (»@Home«) in Redwood City (Kalifornien, USA) und firmierte… …   Universal-Lexikon

  • excité — excité, ée (è ksi té, tée) part. passé. 1°   Animé à. Excité par l exemple. •   L esprit, occupé de choses incorporelles, par exemple de Dieu et de ses perfections, s y est senti excité par la considération de ses oeuvres, ou par sa parole, ou… …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • excite — ex‧cite [ɪkˈsaɪt] verb [transitive] to produce a lot of activity in a market, with a lot of people buying and selling stocks and shares: • The auditors excited the market again yesterday by reporting sharply higher profits for the group. excited… …   Financial and business terms

  • excite — [ek sīt′, iksīt′] vt. excited, exciting [ME exciten < OFr exciter < L excitare, to call forth, excite, freq. of exciere, to call forth < ex , out + pp. of ciere, to call, summon: see CITE] 1. to put into motion or activity; stir up… …   English World dictionary

  • excite — index aggravate (annoy), agitate (activate), bait (harass), bait (lure), discompose …   Law dictionary

  • excite — mid 14c., to move, stir up, instigate, from O.Fr. esciter (12c.) or directly from L. excitare rouse, call out, summon forth, produce, frequentative of exciere call forth, instigate, from ex out (see EX (Cf. ex )) + ciere set in motion, call (see… …   Etymology dictionary

  • excite — *provoke, stimulate, pique, quicken, galvanize Analogous words: *stir, rouse, arouse, rally, waken, awaken: agitate, disturb, perturb, *discompose, disquiet: animate, inspire, fire (see INFORM) Antonyms: soothe, quiet (persons): allay (fears,… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”