arousal


arousal
noun
1. the act of arousing (Freq. 1)
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the purpose of art is the arousal of emotions

Syn: ↑rousing
Derivationally related forms: ↑rouse (for: ↑rousing), ↑arouse
Hypernyms: ↑change of state
Hyponyms:
2. a state of heightened physiological activity
Hyponyms:
3. awakening from sleep
Derivationally related forms: ↑arouse
Hypernyms: ↑wakefulness
4. mutual sexual fondling prior to sexual intercourse
Syn: ↑foreplay, ↑stimulation
Hypernyms: ↑sexual activity, ↑sexual practice, ↑sex, ↑sex activity
Hyponyms:

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  • Arousal — ist ein Begriff der Psychologie und der Physiologie, welcher den allgemeinen Grad der Aktivierung des zentralen Nervensystems beim Menschen und bei Wirbeltieren bezeichnet. Charakteristische Merkmale sind Aufmerksamkeit, Wachheit,… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Arousal — is a physiological and psychological state of being awake. It involves the activation of the reticular activating system in the brain stem, the autonomic nervous system and the endocrine system, leading to increased heart rate and blood pressure… …   Wikipedia

  • Arousal — A*rous al, n. The act of arousing, or the state of being aroused. [1913 Webster] Whatever has associated itself with the arousal and activity of our better nature. Hare. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • arousal — (n.) 1827, action of arousing, a being awakened from AROUSE (Cf. arouse) + AL (Cf. al) (2). Sexual association is from c.1900 …   Etymology dictionary

  • arousal — [[t]əra͟ʊz(ə)l[/t]] 1) N UNCOUNT Arousal is the state of being sexually excited. ...sexual arousal... Use this technique to control your level of arousal. 2) N UNCOUNT Arousal is a state in which you feel excited or very alert, for example as a… …   English dictionary

  • arousal — arous·al ə rau̇ zəl n the act of arousing: state of being aroused <sexual arousal> specif responsiveness to stimuli <altered states of consciousness...associated with relaxation or low arousal (Paul Bakan)> * * * n. 1. a state of… …   Medical dictionary

  • Arousal — Activation physiologique L activation physiologique (dite aussi activation cérébrale ou arousal, importé de l anglais) désigne l état psychophysiologique correspondant à l activation de la formation réticulée activatrice (FRA) du tronc cérébral… …   Wikipédia en Français

  • arousal — a|rous|al [ ə rauzl ] noun uncount 1. ) a feeling of being sexually excited 2. ) the moment during which someone wakes after sleeping: a sudden arousal from sleep …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • arousal — n. 1) a state of alertness and of high responsiveness to stimuli. It is produced by strong motivation, by anxiety, and by a stimulating environment. 2) physiological activation of the cerebral cortex by centres lower in the brain, such as the… …   The new mediacal dictionary

  • arousal — UK [əˈraʊz(ə)l] / US noun [uncountable] 1) a feeling of being sexually excited 2) the moment during which someone wakes after sleeping a sudden arousal from sleep …   English dictionary