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Definitions of impulse

  1. To impel; to incite. Webster Dictionary DB
  2. the act of applying force suddenly; "the impulse knocked him over" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. an instinctive motive; "profound religious impulses" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. The act of impelling, or driving onward with sudden force; impulsion; especially, force so communicated as to produced motion suddenly, or immediately. Webster Dictionary DB
  5. The effect of an impelling force; motion produced by a sudden or momentary force. Webster Dictionary DB
  6. 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. Webster Dictionary DB
  7. 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. Webster Dictionary DB
  8. Force communicated suddenly; the result of a force urges forward; a mental force directly urging to action; a sudden determination not arising from careful thought. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  9. Force communicated; instigation. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  10. Impulsive. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  11. An impetus. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  12. A sudden or transient feeling; impelling force. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  13. Impulsion. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  14. Force suddenly communicated; influence acting suddenly on the mind. See Impel. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  15. Force suddenly communicated; influence acting on the mind; the effect of some sudden motion. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.

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Usage examples for impulse

  1. Then followed the lightning play of human intelligence and trained strength against savage impulse – Mabel's Mistake by Ann S. Stephens
  2. A great and hungry impulse filled her. – The Tempering by Charles Neville Buck
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