Definitions for impetusˈɪm pɪ təs

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

im•pe•tusˈɪm pɪ təs(n.)(pl.)-tus•es.

  1. a driving force; impulse; stimulus.

  2. the momentum of a moving body, esp. with reference to the cause of motion.

    Category: Mechanics

Origin of impetus:

1650–60; < L: attack

Princeton's WordNet

  1. drift, impetus, impulsion(noun)

    a force that moves something along

  2. impulse, impulsion, impetus(noun)

    the act of applying force suddenly

    "the impulse knocked him over"


  1. impetus(Noun)

    Something that impels, a stimulating factor.

    The outbreak of World War II in 1939 gave a new impetus to receiver development.

  2. impetus(Noun)

    A force, either internal or external, that impels; an impulse.

  3. impetus(Noun)

    The force or energy associated with a moving body; a stimulus.

  4. impetus(Noun)

    An activity in response to a stimulus.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Impetus(noun)

    a property possessed by a moving body in virtue of its weight and its motion; the force with which any body is driven or impelled; momentum

  2. Impetus(noun)

    fig.: Impulse; incentive; vigor; force

  3. Impetus(noun)

    the aititude through which a heavy body must fall to acquire a velocity equal to that with which a ball is discharged from a piece


  1. Impetus

    Impetus is a re-release of the EP Passive Restraints by rock band Clutch, with two new tracks added from the Pitchfork 12". It was released in 1997, and contains five tracks.

Anagrams of impetus

  1. imputes

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the force or energy with which something moves.

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