What does impetus mean?

Definitions for impetus
ˈɪm pɪ təsim·pe·tus

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. drift, impetus, impulsionnoun

    a force that moves something along

  2. impulse, impulsion, impetusnoun

    the act of applying force suddenly

    "the impulse knocked him over"

GCIDE

  1. Impetusnoun

    Fig.: Impulse; incentive; stimulus; vigor; force; as, the President's strong recommendation provided the impetus needed to pass the campaign reform bill. Buckle.

    Etymology: [L., fr. impetere to rush upon, attack; pref. im- in + petere to fall upon, seek. See Petition.]

Wiktionary

  1. impetusnoun

    Something that impels, a stimulating factor.

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

  2. impetusnoun

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

  3. impetusnoun

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

  4. impetusnoun

    An activity in response to a stimulus.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Impetusnoun

    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

    Etymology: [L., fr. impetere to rush upon, attack; pref. im- in + petere to fall upon, seek. See Petition.]

  2. Impetusnoun

    fig.: Impulse; incentive; vigor; force

    Etymology: [L., fr. impetere to rush upon, attack; pref. im- in + petere to fall upon, seek. See Petition.]

  3. Impetusnoun

    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

    Etymology: [L., fr. impetere to rush upon, attack; pref. im- in + petere to fall upon, seek. See Petition.]

Freebase

  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Impetus

    im′pe-tus, n. an attack: force or quantity of motion: violent tendency to any point. [L.,—in, in, petĕre, to fall upon.]

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. impetus

    In gunnery, the altitude through which a heavy body must fall to acquire a velocity equal to that with which a ball is discharged from a piece.

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of impetus in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of impetus in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of impetus in a Sentence

  1. Tom Burke:

    The big win is this shift in the focus from 2050 to 2030. I think that's an important big win, it sends it off to a better start than we had been expecting. The political agreement achieved at the G20 will create political impetus as leaders meet to start the COP.

  2. Doug Boucher:

    The impetus to set up a global trading market has been flagging over the last few years, if I were to place a bet, it probably won't happen.

  3. Carl Thayer:

    Over time the government tried to push the military out of purely commercial activities, it looks like the impetus has died off.

  4. Bob Wilson:

    One, show that it's still relevant. Two, help it to recruit personnel and commit resources. And three, create the impetus to do more attacks like that.

  5. Chris Remington:

    We'll likely see net out versus net in, but I don't see any impetus for it to go either direction in a big way. The hotter money prone to leaving is probably gone already, and the moderation in the outflows from the summertime supports that view.

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