What does the word stimulus mean?

Usage examples for stimulus

  1. The stimulus which the Queen could expect from Wolf Hartschwert was certainly far less deep and varied; yet to him who, as a knight, belonged to her train, she granted many favours which she denied the famous Gombert. – The Complete Historical Romances of Georg Ebers by Georg Ebers
  2. Home is the charm and stimulus of business; and business provides material for the comfort and beauty of home. – History of American Socialisms by John Humphrey Noyes
  3. There was, of course, the horror of it, but there was, too, the stimulus of living in a world of realities. – The Tin Soldier by Temple Bailey