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Impulse meaning

impulse - 8 dictionary results

  1. 1. a sudden desire; " he bought it on an impulse"
  2. 2. The act of impelling, or driving onward with sudden force; impulsion; especially, force so communicated as to produced motion suddenly, or immediately.
  3. 3. The effect of an impelling force; motion produced by a sudden or momentary force.
  4. 4. 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.
  5. 5. 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.
  6. 6. To impel; to incite.
  7. 7. Force communicated; instigation.
  8. 8. Impulsive.

impulse - examples of usage

  1. But as she walked along the street she saw Tom coming the opposite way; with a sudden impulse she turned back so as not to meet him, and began walking the way she had come. - "Liza of Lambeth", W. Somerset Maugham.
  2. He does not build because he has no impulse to build; he does not know how. - "Ways of Wood Folk", William J. Long.
  3. On the impulse, I turned and went aft, along the deck to the 'prentices' berth. - "The Ghost Pirates", William Hope Hodgson.
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