1. To excite as if with a goad; to excite, rouse, or animate, to action or more vigorous exertion by some pungent motive or by persuasion; as, to stimulate one by the hope of reward, or by the prospect of glory. To excite and stimulate us thereunto. (dr. J. Scott)
Origin: L. Stimulatus, p.p. Of stimulare to prick or goad on, to incite, fr. Stimulus a goad. See Stimulus.