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as in:  economic stimulus

The Psychs say it will stimulate a lot of the patterns we need.
James Dashner  --  The Scorch Trials
  acts that arouse action or create excitement
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  • The Psychs say it will stimulate a lot of the patterns we need.
    James Dashner  --  The Scorch Trials
  • Done to stimulate responses in the killzone, where the Flare does its damage.
    James Dashner  --  The Death Cure
  • It was all meant to stimulate an array of emotions and brain patterns, from confusion to disorientation to outright terror.
    James Dashner  --  The Kill Order
  • "But how to provoke, how to stimulate purchases—that’s the conversion rate.
    Dave Eggers  --  The Circle

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  • Her sudden appearance seemed to stimulate my intestinal musicians to more splendid efforts, and, before I could think of any feasible way of excusing myself, Angeline wrinkled her lips, bared her superb white teeth in an expression of cold disdain, and vanished.
    Farley Mowat  --  Never Cry Wolf
  • (I’ll stimulate you."
    H.G. Wells  --  The Invisible Man
  • When they find either thing, they stop to enjoy the visual stimuli.
    Holly Goldberg Sloan  --  Counting by 7s
  • Tea and snacks could no longer stimulate our exhausted minds.
    Ji-Li Jiang  --  Red Scarf Girl
  • Or perhaps he was capable of such flights of oratory only under the stimulus of crisis.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • There were too many stimuli, in this water, under this sky, the light a latticework shifting over her bright flesh.
    Dave Eggers  --  A Hologram for the King

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  • I tried to shut out the stimuli threatening to overwhelm me and focus on him.
    Bella Forrest  --  A Shade of Vampire
  • All stimuli made it worse, actually.
    John Green  --  The Fault in Our Stars
  • They stimulate him to greater watchfulness, and enhance his power to capture his slave.
    Frederick Douglass  --  The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
  • He seemed to have lost the power of intellectual effort, now that the stimulus of pain had been removed.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • Need is the stimulus to concept, concept to action.
    John Steinbeck  --  The Grapes of Wrath
  • Trying to stimulate his emotions he looked around.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • …also strong indications of progressive amnesia. as will be seen by my report, these and other physical and mental deterioration syndromes can be predicted with statistically significant results by the application of my formula. the surgical stimulus to which we were both subjected has resulted in an intensification and acceleration of all mental processes. the unforeseen development, which i have taken the liberty of calling the algernon-gordon effect, is the logical extension of the…
    Daniel Keyes  --  Flowers for Algernon
  • My teacher, realizing this, determined to supply the kinds of stimulus I lacked.
    Helen Keller  --  Story of My Life
  • A young Parsee, with an intelligent face, offered his services, which Mr. Fogg accepted, promising so generous a reward as to materially stimulate his zeal.
    Jules Verne  --  Around the World in 80 Days
  • And so doctors gave Jai a steroid shot to stimulate the development of the baby’s lungs.
    Randy Pausch  --  The Last Lecture
  • Muldoon knew how quickly animals learned to avoid shock stimuli.
    Michael Crichton  --  Jurassic Park
  • It was indeed but a passing trance, that only made me feel with renewed acuteness so soon as, the unnatural stimulus ceasing to operate, I had returned to my old habits.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • The nature of this new simulation was that it recorded my emotional responses to outside stimuli," Tobias says, closing his eyes for a few seconds, "and responded by altering the appearance of that stimuli.
    Veronica Roth  --  Insurgent
  • "And do you," said Valentine, "depend on me to stimulate the tardiness and arouse the memory of grandpapa?"
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • He flinches and grunts in reaction to some unseen stimulus.
    Sara Gruen  --  Water for Elephants
  • When his heart spoke to him, it was to provide a stimulus to the boy, and to give him strength, because the days of silence there in the desert were wearisome.
    Paulo Coelho  --  The Alchemist
  • I cannot contract into the firm fist which those clench who do not depend on stimulus.
    Mark Haddon  --  The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time
  • Even he was sensible of the decorous atmosphere and even he began to respond to the religious stimulus.
    James Joyce  --  Dubliners
  • By the time I was in double digits most of the grave rubbings had been put down in the basement for storage, the spots on our suburban walls replaced with bright graphic prints meant to stimulate children.
    Alice Sebold  --  The Lovely Bones
  • She could think of nothing but, once started, Gerald needed no stimulus other than an audience.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • She’ll need to be taught to protect herself and control her powers before the stimuli from the physical world drive her mad.
    Micheal Scott  --  The Alchemyst
  • Before long, the consideration that there was no disgrace in the fate he must meet, and that numbers went the same road wrongfully, and trod it firmly every day, sprang up to stimulate him.
    Charles Dickens  --  A Tale of Two Cities
  • Bessie asked if I would have a book: the word BOOK acted as a transient stimulus, and I begged her to fetch Gulliver’s Travels from the library.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • Even the hustle and bustle of picketing and speechmaking seemed to stimulate me for the better; my wildest ideas paid off.
    Ralph Ellison  --  Invisible Man
  • Where Miss Taylor failed to stimulate, I may safely affirm that Harriet Smith will do nothing.
    Jane Austen  --  Emma
  • This thirst it appeared to be the design of my persecutors to stimulate: for the food in the dish was meat pungently seasoned.
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Pit and the Pendulum
  • For a time Lee tried to stimulate Adam to awareness, but Lee was a busy man.
    John Steinbeck  --  East of Eden
  • Any shock, any irritating sensation stimulated and revived his energies at once, but his strength failed as quickly when the stimulus was removed.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  Crime and Punishment
  • He longed for a stimulus powerful enough to focus his attention and drain off his energies.
    Richard Wright  --  Native Son
  • "We consider the qualities as inseparable," returned Duncan, smiling; "but while we find in the vigor of your excellency every motive to stimulate the one, we can, as yet, see no particular call for the exercise of the other."
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Last of the Mohicans
  • He rushed out in the rain, under the stimulus of this hope, forgetting to cover his head, not caring to fasten his door; for he felt as if he had nothing left to lose.
    George Eliot  --  Silas Marner
  • And it was to this planet that unattended ballpoints would make their way, slipping away quietly through wormholes in space to a world where they knew they could enjoy a uniquely ballpointoid life-style, responding to highly ballpoint-oriented stimuli, and generally leading the ballpoint equivalent of the good life.
    Douglas Adams  --  The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
  • He needed no information they could give him about slavery to stimulate his desire for freedom.
    Harriet Jacobs  --  Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl
  • "There was too powerful a stimulus," said Aylmer, thoughtfully.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Birthmark
  • He could be a calm, undemanding figure in the classroom, but when the right set of competitive stimuli was applied (like electrodes to the temples of Frankenstein’s monster, Jack thought wryly), he could become a juggernaut.
    Stephen King  --  The Shining
  • You stimulate them! You make them think and scheme.
    John Gardner  --  Grendel
  • He smoked to stimulate his mind and to set his ideas flowing.
    Alexander Solzhenitsyn  --  One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich
  • Rosemary stood beside Tommy Barban—he was in a particularly scornful mood and there seemed to be some special stimulus working upon him.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  Tender is the Night
  • When their egg production begins to drop, the hens will be "force-molted" — starved of food, water, and light for several days in order to stimulate a final spurt of egg laying before their life’s work is done.
    Michael Pollan  --  The Omnivore’s Dilemma
  • Without science I was just another stimulus-response cave dweller howling at the moon.
    Jack Gantos  --  Hole in My Life
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