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Meaning of IMPULSE

Pronunciation:  'impuls

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  the act of applying force suddenly; "the impulse knocked him over"
  2. [n]  an impelling force or strength; "the car's momentum carried it off the road"
  3. [n]  the electrical discharge that travels along a nerve fiber; "they demonstrated the transmission of impulses from the cortex to the hypothalamus"
  4. [n]  (electronics) a sharp transient wave in the normal electrical state (or a series of such transients); "the pulsations seemed to be coming from a star"
  5. [n]  a sudden desire; "he bought it on impulse"
  6. [n]  an instinctive motive; "profound religious impulses"

IMPULSE is a 7 letter word that starts with I.


 Synonyms: caprice, impetus, impulsion, momentum, nerve impulse, pulsation, pulse, pulsing, urge, vagary, whim
 See Also: abience, action potential, adience, death instinct, death wish, desire, drive, driving force, electrical discharge, force, forcefulness, itchy feet, motivation, motive, need, strength, thrust, undulation, wanderlust, wave



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Im"pulse\, n. [L. impulsus, fr. impellere. See
    1. The act of impelling, or driving onward with sudden force;
       impulsion; especially, force so communicated as to
       produced motion suddenly, or immediately.
             All spontaneous animal motion is performed by
             mechanical impulse.                   --S. Clarke.
    2. The effect of an impelling force; motion produced by a
       sudden or momentary force.
    3. (Mech.) The action of a force during a very small interval
       of time; the effect of such action; as, the impulse of a
       sudden blow upon a hard elastic body.
    4. A mental force which simply and directly urges to action;
       hasty inclination; sudden motive; momentary or transient
       influence of appetite or passion; propension; incitement;
       as, a man of good impulses; passion often gives a violent
       impulse to the will.
             These were my natural impulses for the undertaking.
    Syn: Force; incentive; influence; motive; feeling;
         incitement; instigation.
  2. \Im*pulse"\, v. t. [See {Impel}.]
    To impel; to incite. [Obs.] --Pope.
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