- producing excitement; stirring; thrilling: an exciting account of his trip to Tibet.
Origin of exciting
- to arouse or stir up the emotions or feelings of: to excite a person to anger; actions that excited his father's wrath.
- to arouse or stir up (emotions or feelings): to excite jealousy or hatred.
- to cause; awaken: to excite interest or curiosity.
- to stir to action; provoke or stir up: to excite a dog by baiting him.
- Physiology. to stimulate: to excite a nerve.
- Electricity. to supply with electricity for producing electric activity or a magnetic field: to excite a dynamo.
- Physics. to raise (an atom, molecule, etc.) to an excited state.
Origin of excite
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Examples from the Web for exciting
But Bush is as exciting to many conservatives as Hillary Clinton is to many progressives, meaning not so much.The Devil in Mike Huckabee
January 6, 2015
“Change can be exciting,” Cuomo says to Richards as he helps her pack up her office.Mario Cuomo, Ann Richards Concede to Doritos
The Daily Beast Video
January 2, 2015
Like any exciting meal, Food will leave you smiling and satisfied.
The most exciting and thrillingly unique artist to surface in 2014.
I found this as exciting as Enright did—she sounded giddy—but one of my coworkers was less enthused.Adnan Killed Her! No, Jay Did It! Serial’s Uncertain, True-to-Reality End
December 18, 2014
It would have interfered with her relations with Austin, which were beginning to be exciting.Viviette
William J. Locke
"But that way was so exciting," she urged, not at all convinced.Within the Law
They leave off at the most exciting point, and are continued in the next volume.
They were silent, and had even forgotten the exciting event of the stealing of the horses.
At every recess hour the forces gathered for the exciting sport.The Boy Life of Napoleon
- causing excitement; stirring; stimulating
- to arouse (a person) to strong feeling, esp to pleasurable anticipation or nervous agitation
- to arouse or elicit (an emotion, response, etc); evokeher answers excited curiosity
- to cause or bring about; stir upto excite a rebellion
- to arouse sexually
- physiol to cause a response in or increase the activity of (an organ, tissue, or part); stimulate
- to raise (an atom, molecule, electron, nucleus, etc) from the ground state to a higher energy level
- to supply electricity to (the coils of a generator or motor) in order to create a magnetic field
- to supply a signal to a stage of an active electronic circuit
Word Origin and History for exciting
late 14c. (n.), "action of urging, prompting, inciting," noun of action from excite (v.). As a present participle adjective, from 1811 in sense "causing disease." Sense of "causing excitement" is from 1826.
mid-14c., "to move, stir up, instigate," from Old French esciter (12c.) or directly from Latin excitare "rouse, call out, summon forth, produce," frequentative of exciere "call forth, instigate," from ex- "out" (see ex-) + ciere "set in motion, call" (see cite). Of feelings, from late 14c. Of bodily organs or tissues, from 1831. Main modern sense of "emotionally agitate" is first attested 1821.