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Definition of the noun agitation

What does agitation mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: agitations

  1. a mental state of extreme emotional disturbance
  2. a state of agitation or turbulent change or development
  3. the feeling of being agitated; not calm
    • lexical domain: Feelings - nouns denoting feelings and emotions
    • antonym: calmness
    • more generic word: feeling = the experiencing of affective and emotional states
    • more specific words:
  4. disturbance usually in protest
  5. the act of agitating something; causing it to move around (usually vigorously)
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • more generic words: motility / motion / move / movement = a change of position that does not entail a change of location
    • more specific words:
      • shaking = the act of causing something to move up and down (or back and forth) with quick movements
      • stirring = agitating a liquid with an implement
      • waggle / shake / wag = causing to move repeatedly from side to side
      • worrying = the act of moving something by repeated tugs or pushes

Alternative definition of the noun agitation


  1. The act of agitating, or the state of being agitated; the state of being moved with violence, or with irregular action; commotion.
  2. A stirring up or arousing; disturbance of tranquillity; disturbance of mind which shows itself by physical excitement; perturbation.
  3. Excitement of public feeling by discussion, appeals, etc.
  4. Examination or consideration of a subject in controversy, or of a plan proposed for adoption; earnest discussion; debate.


  1. "Agitation" is a cataloged instance, composition.
  2. "Agitation" is a musical album of Accuser.
  3. "Agitation" is a musical album of Am I Blood.
    • released in (17 years ago)
  4. "Agitation" is a musical album of İlhan Mimaroğlu.
    • released in (11 years ago)
  5. "Agitation" is a musical album of Objekt/Urian.
    • released in (5 years ago)


Agitation often accompanies dementia and often precedes the diagnosis of common age-related disorders of cognition such as Alzheimer's disease.

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Agitation

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Google previewAlzheimer Disease (2003)

Neuropsychology and Pharmacology by Gérard Emilien, Cécile Durlach, Kenneth L. Minaker, Bengt Winblad, Serge Gauthier, Jean-Marie Maloteaux

Agitation and aggression Agitation is a broad concept and is often used interchangeably with aggression.

Google previewBipolar Disorders (2005)

Mixed States, Rapid Cycling and Atypical Forms by Andreas Marneros, Frederick Goodwin

Psychic agitation is a subjective symptom, but it has objective manifestations observable by others, and the descriptions given by the patients are so characteristic as to make this symptom as reliable as any other aspect of affect and mood.

Google previewTraumatic Brain Injury (2015)

by Jordan Grafman, Andres M. Salazar

POST-TRAUMATIC AGITATION Agitation is a form of delirium characterized by extreme emotional, aggressive, or disinhibited behaviors. It is a common problem in TBI patients and it tends to occur during the early stages of recovery as ...

Google previewDialogues on Prophecy (1828)

christianizing of the constitution ; though we well know that the present agitation is the joint work of them and of the Roman Catholics ; and we confess, that we should be much pleased if the 255 wealth will be a Christian commonwealth, 80 .

Google previewBiology and Emotion (1989)

by Neil McNaughton

While agitation is a common initial response to removal of the mother, the extent to which depression is observed depends on the type of social structure of the groups involved. For example, bonnet macaques differ from pigtail macaques in ...

Google previewRereading Frederick Jackson Turner (1994)

"The Significance of the Frontier in American History", and Other Essays by Frederick Jackson Turner

The recent Populist agitation is a case in point. Many a State that now declines any connection with the tenets of the Populists, itself adhered to such ideas in an earlier stage of the development of the State. A primitive society can hardly be ...

Google previewMedicinal and Aromatic Plants V (1993)

5 by Y. P. S. Bajaj

Mechanical stress due to agitation is a problem with cell suspension cultures ( Zenk 1978). In our model experiment, an air-lift type jar fermentor with a glass cylinder gave high cell growth rate. However, a large number of callus cells adhered ...

Google previewCholinesterases: Advances in Research and Application: 2011 Edition (2012)

Agitation is a less common AE when comparing memantine treatment to placebo, but just as common when comparing AChEI treatment to placebo. Withdrawals in memantine-treated groups are comparable to placebo, and more common in ...

Google previewPsychiatry, 2 Volume Set (2015)

by Allan Tasman, Jerald Kay, Jeffrey A. Lieberman, Michael B. First, Michelle Riba

Agitation is a sign of many different ...

Google previewChemical Reactor Modeling (2014)

Multiphase Reactive Flows by Hugo A. Jakobsen

Generally, agitation refers to forcing a fluid by mechanical means to flow in a vessel. Mixing usually implies the taking of two or more separate phases, or two fluids, and causing them to be randomly distributed through one another. There are a ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Soviet Life

by Ilya Zemtsov

Despite all its failures, however, agitation is an effective tool of ideological and political manipulation of the masses, contributing to a certain extent to the stability of ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Chemical Processing and Design (1994)

Volume 48 - Residual Refining and Processing to Safety: Operating Discipline by John J. McKetta Jr

Mild agitation is obtained by circulating the liquid with an impeller at superficial velocities of...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Dairy Sciences (2011)

Agitation is required for two purposes: to improve heat transfer while the milk is being cooled, and to avoid fat separation and facilitate ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Health and Aging (2007)

by Kyriakos S. Markides

Although the definitions differ on whether inner experience is a defining characteristic, both consider agitation to be an observable state of increased activity that is not goal directed. Conceptual Models The DSM-IV-TR definition is applicable ...

Google previewSimiles Dictionary (2013)

by Elyse Sommer


Google previewThe Palgrave Dictionary of Anglo-Jewish History (2011)

by W. Rubinstein, Michael A. Jolles

Immediately,however, agreat agitation grewup, often virulently antisemiticinnature, whichcompelled the governmentto repeal itsactin December1753. Inpopular texts, ballads,and prints Jews were accused ofritual murder,of wantingtoforce ...

Google previewEncyclopaedia of Dalits in India: Reservation (2002)

by Sanjay Paswan, Pramanshi Jaideva

During the late 1970s, however, it became a subject of intense controversy and violent agitation. The anti-reservation movement took an ugly form, particularly in Gujarat, resulting in a number of deaths and considerable damage to property.

Google previewA Concise Encyclopaedia of Psychiatry (2012)

by D. Leigh, C.M. Pare, J. Marks

Agitation This is a state of restlessness usually, but not necessarily, arising out of subjective feelings of apprehension and accompanied by an inability to relax or to concentrate. The subject's behaviour is repetitive and aimless or, if it appears ...

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What a peculiar privilege has this little agitation of the brain which we call 'thought'. (David Hume)
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Scrabble value of A1G2I1T1A1T1I1O1N1

The value of this 9-letter word is 10 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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