noun, plural stim·u·li [stim-yuh-lahy] /ˈstɪm yəˌlaɪ/.
Origin of stimulus
Synonyms for stimulus
Antonyms for stimulus
Related Words for stimuliimpetus, stimulant, motivation, incentive, stimulation, catalyst, encouragement, fillip, instigation, incitement, urging, incitation, spur, flash, bang, sting, goad, motive, charge, boost
Examples from the Web for stimuli
Contemporary Examples of stimuli
Should there be another stimulus—the third, after the Bush and first Obama stimuli?Economic Deathmatch
October 24, 2010
Historical Examples of stimuli
He was simply the most tremendous response to stimuli I have ever known.Alexander's Bridge and The Barrel Organ
Willa Cather and Alfred Noyes
It responded to its stimuli, whenever they came and whatever their source.Watchbird
It seemed as if her spirit were no longer able to respond to the stimuli of life on earth.A Labrador Doctor
Wilfred Thomason Grenfell
The stimuli may be applied to, or may act upon, any part of the nerve.Special Report on Diseases of the Horse
United States Department of Agriculture
In such a case we call the engrams of the two stimuli "associated."The Analysis of Mind
noun plural -li (-ˌlaɪ, -ˌliː)
Word Origin for stimulus
Latinate plural of stimulus.
plural stimuli, 1680s, originally as a medical term, "something that goads a lazy organ" (often the male member), from Modern Latin stimulus "goad" (see stimulation). General sense is from 1791. Psychological sense is first recorded 1894.
n. pl. stim•u•li (-lī′)
Plural stimuli (stĭm′yə-lī′)
plur. stimuli (stim-yuh-leye)
An action, condition, or person that provokes a response, especially a conditioned response.