(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.
(Ex*cit"er) n. One who, or that which, excites.
Hope is the grand exciter of industry.Dr. H. More.
Exciting causes (Med.), those which immediately produce disease, or those which excite the action of
(Ex*cit"ing), a. Calling or rousing into action; producing excitement; as, exciting events; an exciting
story. Ex*cit"ing*ly, adv.
(Ex*cit"ive) a. Serving or tending to excite; excitative. [R.] Bamfield.
(Ex*cit"ive), n. That which excites; an excitant. [R.]
(Ex*ci`to-mo"tion) n. (Physiol.) Motion excited by reflex nerves. See Excito-motory.
(Ex*ci`to-mo"tor) a. (Physiol.) Excito-motory; as, excito-motor power or causes.
(Ex*ci`to-mo"to*ry) a. (Physiol.) Exciting motion; said of that portion of the nervous
system concerned in reflex actions, by which impressions are transmitted to a nerve center and then
reflected back so as to produce muscular contraction without sensation or volition.
(Ex*ci`to-nu"tri*ent) a (Physiol.) Exciting nutrition; said of the reflex influence by which
the nutritional processes are either excited or modified.
(Ex*ci`to-se*cre"to*ry) a. (Physiol.) Exciting secretion; said of the influence exerted
by reflex action on the function of secretion, by which the various glands are excited to action.
(Ex*claim") v. t. & i. [imp. & p. p. Exclaimed ; p. pr. & vb. n. Exclaiming.] [L. exclamare,
exclamatum; ex + clamare to cry out; cf. OF. exclamer. See Clam.] To cry out from earnestness
or passion; to utter with vehemence; to call out or declare loudly; to protest vehemently; to vociferate; to
shout; as, to exclaim against oppression with wonder or astonishment; "The field is won!" he exclaimed.
(Ex*claim"), n. Outcry; clamor. [Archaic]
Cursing cries and deep exclaims.Shak.