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stim·u·lus

stimulus

 
 
pronunciation:
stIm y ls
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part of speech: noun
inflections: stimuli
definition 1: something that causes or increases action, feeling, or thought.
Hearing the great pianist perform was a stimulus to practice harder.
similar words:
inspiration
definition 2: something that causes a physical response in a body part.
The electric shock was a stimulus that caused me to jump.
synonyms:
drug
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