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  1. a sudden desire; "he bought it on impulse" Scrapingweb 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. an impelling force or strength; "the car's momentum carried it off the road" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  5. the electrical discharge that travels along a nerve fiber; "they demonstrated the transmission of impulses from the cortex to the hypothalamus" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  6. (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" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  7. a sudden desire; "he bought it on an impulse" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  8. 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
  9. The effect of an impelling force; motion produced by a sudden or momentary force. Webster Dictionary DB
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. To impel; to incite. Webster Dictionary DB
  13. 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.
  14. 1. A sudden pushing or driving force. 2. A sudden, often unreasoning, determination to perform some act. A practical medical dictionary. By Stedman, Thomas Lathrop. Published 1920.
  15. Force communicated; instigation. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  16. Impulsive. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  17. An impetus. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  18. A sudden or transient feeling; impelling force. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  19. Impulsion. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  20. 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.
  21. 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.
  22. [Latin] Self-propagated disturbance induced by excitation. na
  23. 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; to buy something on impulse. dictgcide_fs
  24. im'puls, n. the act of impelling: effect of an impelling force: force suddenly communicated: influence on the mind.--n. IMPUL'SION, impelling force: instigation.--adj. IMPULS'IVE, having the power of impelling: actuated by mental impulse: (mech.) acting by impulse: not continuous.--adv. IMPULS'IVELY.--n. IMPULS'IVENESS. [L. impulsus, pressure--impell[)e]re.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  25. [Latin] A push or thrust; an urging on or against; as Cardiac i. ( = the beating of the apex of the heart against the chest-walls). na
  26. [Latin] A strong and usually sudden tendency of the mind toward any action; especially, such a tendency when urging the mind apart from or against the dictates of reason; as Homicidal i. An i. is Morbid or Insane when its intensity is out of all proportion to the desirability of the objects to be secured by the act committed, or when the act itself is purposeless or such as no sane man would think of committing. na
  27. Impelling, push; (Dynam.) indefinitely large force enduring inappreciably short time but producing finite momentum, e.g. blow of hammer, (also) product of average value of force multiplied by time during which it acts; mental incitement; sudden tendency to act without reflection; impetus. [Latin] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  28. Lit, a being driven in a particular direction. Appleton's medical dictionary.
  29. Momentum or force, especially suddenly accelerated; a quick thrust. Appleton's medical dictionary.
  30. A sudden access of volition. Appleton's medical dictionary.
  31. n. [Latin] A sudden force communicated by a body in motion to a body at rest ; - the motion or effect produced by a sudden action of applied force ;- influence on the mind ; motive ; instigation ; - impression ; idea received ; - inclination ; bias or tendency to. Cabinet Dictionary
  32. Communicated force, the effect of one body acting upon another; influence acting upon the mind, motion, idea. Complete Dictionary

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