Definition of Agitation

1. Noun. A mental state of extreme emotional disturbance.

2. Noun. A state of agitation or turbulent change or development. "Social unrest"
Exact synonyms: Ferment, Fermentation, Tempestuousness, Unrest
Generic synonyms: Sturm Und Drang, Turbulence, Upheaval
Derivative terms: Ferment, Ferment, Tempestuous

3. Noun. The feeling of being agitated; not calm.
Generic synonyms: Feeling
Specialized synonyms: Unrest, Fidget, Fidgetiness, Restlessness, Stewing, Stir, Tumult, Turmoil
Antonyms: Calmness

4. Noun. Disturbance usually in protest.
Exact synonyms: Excitement, Hullabaloo, Turmoil, Upheaval
Generic synonyms: Disturbance

5. Noun. The act of agitating something; causing it to move around (usually vigorously).
Generic synonyms: Motility, Motion, Move, Movement
Specialized synonyms: Shaking, Stirring, Shake, Wag, Waggle, Worrying

Definition of Agitation

1. n. The act of agitating, or the state of being agitated; the state of being moved with violence, or with irregular action; commotion; as, the sea after a storm is in agitation.

Definition of Agitation

1. Noun. The act of agitating, or the state of being agitated; the state of being moved with violence, or with irregular action; commotion. ¹

2. Noun. A stirring up or arousing; disturbance of tranquillity; disturbance of mind which shows itself by physical excitement; perturbation. ¹

3. Noun. Excitement of public feeling by discussion, appeals, etc. ¹

4. Noun. Examination or consideration of a subject in controversy, or of a plan proposed for adoption; earnest discussion; debate. ¹

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Definition of Agitation

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Medical Definition of Agitation

1. A state of anxiety accompanied by motor restlessness. (18 Nov 1997)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Agitation

agitated depression
agitation (current term)

Literary usage of Agitation

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1. Science by American Association for the Advancement of Science (1910)
"Here then is an absolutely direct proof that the ion must be endowed with a kinetic energy of agitation, which is sufficient to push it up to the surface of ..."

2. A Short History of England by Edward Potts Cheyney (1919)
"Close of Revolutionary agitation in England.—One of the earliest results of ... They had become more and more outspoken and disorderly in their agitation. ..."

3. Transactions by Penzance Natural History and Antiquarian Society (1851)
"An account of the extraordinary agitation of the Sea in Cornwall and Devon, on Sunday the 23rd of May, 1847. BY RICHARD EDMONDS, JUN., EsQ. extraordinary ..."

4. Thirty Years' View; Or, A History of the Working of the American Government by Thomas Hart Benton (1854)
"SLAVERY agitation. ^ IT is painful to see the unceasing efforts to alarm the South by imputations against the North of unconstitutional designs on the ..."

5. Bulletin by Wisconsin Geological and Natural History Survey (1921)
"agitation FOR A HARBOR During 1842 and 1843 there was constant agitation for harbor improvement, for the citizens regarded this as the one thing above all ..."

6. Bulletin by National Canners Association (1917)
"The effect of agitation can be demonstrated quite easily with very simple apparatus, such as two cans with thermometers, A simple device for studying heat ..."

7. The History of England from the Accession of James II by Thomas Babington Macaulay Macaulay, Henry Hart Milman (1865)
"Before the day of trial the agitation had spread to agitation the farthest corners of the island. From Scotland the °\c mind! ..."

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