Definitions for impulseˈɪm pʌls
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
the influence of a particular feeling, mental state, etc.:
a generous impulse.
sudden, involuntary inclination prompting to action:
swayed by impulse.
an instance of this:
an impulse to cry.
an impelling action or force driving onward or inducing motion.
the effect of an impelling force.
a progressive wave of excitation over a nerve or muscle fiber having a stimulating or inhibitory effect.
the product of the average force acting upon a body and the time during which it acts, equivalent to the change in the momentum of the body produced by such a force.
a single, usu. sudden, flow of electric current in one direction.
Category: Electricity and Magnetism
Origin of impulse:
1640–50; < L impulsus pressure, impulse <impul-, var. s. of impellere to strike against; see impel
an instinctive motive
"profound religious impulses"
caprice, impulse, whim(noun)
a sudden desire
"he bought it on an impulse"
nerve impulse, nervous impulse, neural impulse, impulse(noun)
the electrical discharge that travels along a nerve fiber
"they demonstrated the transmission of impulses from the cortex to the hypothalamus"
pulsation, pulsing, pulse, impulse(noun)
(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"
impulse, impulsion, impetus(noun)
the act of applying force suddenly
"the impulse knocked him over"
an impelling force or strength
"the car's momentum carried it off the road"
Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary
a sudden strong desire to do sth
the impulse to start laughing; to act on impulse
an electrical signal or a signal carried through the nerves in your body
electrical impulses in the body
A thrust; a push; a sudden force that impels.
A wish or urge, particularly a sudden one.
The integral of force over time.
The total impulse from the impact will depend on the kinetic energy of the bullet.
Origin: From impulsus.
the act of impelling, or driving onward with sudden force; impulsion; especially, force so communicated as to produced motion suddenly, or immediately
the effect of an impelling force; motion produced by a sudden or momentary force
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
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 impel; to incite
In classical mechanics, impulse is defined as the integral of a force with respect to time, which gives you the change in the momentum of the body being acted on by the force. A force causes acceleration, a change in the velocity of the body, for as long as it acts. A force applied over a long time therefore produces a bigger change in momentum than the same force applied briefly: the change in momentum is equal to the product of force and time. Conversely, a small force applied for a long time can produce the same change in momentum - the same impulse - as a large force applied briefly. The SI unit of impulse is the newton second; the quantity of impulse is force × time interval, or in shorthand notation:
The Standard Electrical Dictionary
(a) An electro-magnetic impulse is the impulse produced upon the luminiferous ether by an oscillatory discharge or other varying type of current; the impulse is supposed to be identical, except as regards wave-length, with a light wave. (b) An electro-motive impulse is the electro-motive force which rises so high as to produce an impulsive or oscillatory discharge, such as that of a Leyden jar.
British National Corpus
Rank popularity for the word 'impulse' in Nouns Frequency: #2785
Translations for impulse
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary
a sudden desire to do something, without thinking about the consequences
I bought the dress on impulse; – I didn't really need it
- impulsoPortuguese (BR)
- náhlý popudCzech
- die EingebungGerman
- indskydelse; impulsDanish
- παρόρμηση, αυθόρμητη ενέργειαGreek
- impuls, porivCroatian
- indíték; ösztönös cselekvésHungarian
- impuls, gerakan hatiIndonesian
- skyndilega hugdettaIcelandic
- gerakan hatiMalay
- impuls, opwellingDutch
- impuls, innfallNorwegian
- پورى وهنه، ټكان، خوځونه: دفكر خوځونه يا تحريك: طبيعى ميلان، ناڅاپى ميلانPashto
- ani istek, dürtüTurkish
- 衝動Chinese (Trad.)
- спонукання; поштовхUkrainian
- sự hấp tấpVietnamese
- 冲动Chinese (Simp.)
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