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"
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.
Origin: [L. impulsus, fr. impellere. See Impel.]
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
Origin: [See Impel.]
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:
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
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—impellĕre.]
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
The numerical value of impulse in Chaldean Numerology is: 3
The numerical value of impulse in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
Now you need another impulse to move higher.
One can never consent to creep when one feels an impulse to soar.
Grant us a brief delay impulse in everything is but a worthless servant.
Grant us a brief delay; impulse in everything is but a worthless servant.
If I ever marry, it will be on a sudden impulse - as a man shoots himself.
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- capritx, impuls, caprici, impulsió, antullCatalan, Valencian
- impuls sílyCzech
- Impuls, innerer Antrieb, Triebkraft, Kraftstoß, DrangGerman
- παρόρμηση, ορμέμφυτο, ώθησηGreek
- impulso, caprichoSpanish
- abbrivo, aire, rincorsa, impulso, slancioItalian
- 出来心, 衝動, インパルス, 推進力, 衝撃Japanese
- импульс, толчок, порыв, побуждениеRussian
- impuls, ingivelseSwedish
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