- the application of voltage to an electric device, as an electron-tube circuit, an antenna, or a dynamotor, often for producing a magnetic field in the device.
- the voltage applied.
Origin of excitation
Examples from the Web for excitation
Excitation is detected in Mimosa by the downward movement of the leaf.Life Movements in Plants|Sir Jagadis Chunder Bose
Moreover, the tropic action of unilateral light may become nastic by internal diffusion of excitation.
Lowering of temperature, by reducing the transmission of excitation to the distal side, will restore the positive curvature.
The mother watched, hour after hour, with the unwearied patience of women under the excitation of grief or duty.The Crooked Stick|Rolf Boldrewood
In proportion to its strength, an excitation produces sensation, in case it is not too weak to make itself felt at all.
British Dictionary definitions for excitation
- the current in a field coil of a generator, motor, etc, or the magnetizing current in a transformer
- (as modifier)an excitation current
Word Origin and History for excitation
late 14c., from Old French excitation, from Latin excitationem (nominative excitatio), noun of action from past participle stem of excitare (see excite).