impulse


1im·pulse

verb \ˈim-ˌpəls, im-ˈ\
im·pulsedim·puls·ing

Definition of IMPULSE

transitive verb
:  to give an impulse to

First Known Use of IMPULSE

1611

Rhymes with IMPULSE

2im·pulse

noun \ˈim-ˌpəls\

: a sudden strong desire to do something

: a small amount of energy that moves from one area to another

Full Definition of IMPULSE

1
a :  inspiration, motivation
b :  a force so communicated as to produce motion suddenly
c :  incentive
2
a :  the act of driving onward with sudden force :  impulsion
b :  motion produced by such an impulsion :  impetus
c :  a wave of excitation transmitted through tissues and especially nerve fibers and muscles that results in physiological activity or inhibition
3
a :  a sudden spontaneous inclination or incitement to some usually unpremeditated action
b :  a propensity or natural tendency usually other than rational
4
a :  the product of the average value of a force and the time during which it acts :  the change in momentum produced by the force
b :  pulse 4a

Examples of IMPULSE

  1. He has to learn to control his impulses.
  2. <the new auto factory was just the impulse that the local economy needed>

Origin of IMPULSE

Latin impulsus, from impellere to impel
First Known Use: 1647

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im·pulse

noun \ˈim-ˌpəls\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of IMPULSE

1
: a wave of excitation transmitted through tissues and especially nerve fibers and muscles that results in physiological activity or inhibition
2
a : a sudden spontaneous inclination or incitement to some usually unpremeditated action <some uncontrollable impulse…may have driven the defendant to the commission of the murderous act—B. N. Cardozo> b : a propensity or natural tendency usually other than rational <the fundamental impulse of self-expression—Havelock Ellis>

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