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impulse

noun

1 impulse

An instinctive motive:
— Profound religious impulses.

synonym: urge.

Roget 612: impulse, sudden thought; impromptu, improvisation; inspiration, flash, spurt.    improvisatore; creature of impulse.   

Dutch: drang



2 impulse

A sudden desire:
— He bought it on an impulse.

synonyms: caprice, whim.

Dutch: aandrift, bevlieging, caprice, capriolen, capriool, frats, fratsen, gril, impuls, kunsten ... show more
Polish: kaprys

3 impulse

The electrical discharge that travels along a nerve fiber:
— They demonstrated the transmission of impulses from the cortex to the hypothalamus.

synonyms: nerve impulse, nervous impulse, neural impulse.

Dutch: impuls

4 impulse

electronics A sharp transient wave in the normal electrical state (or a series of such transients).

synonyms: pulsation, pulse, pulsing.

Dutch: impuls, puls, stroomstoot

5 impulse

The act of applying force suddenly:
— The impulse knocked him over.

synonyms: impetus, impulsion.

Roget 276: impulse, impulsion, impetus; momentum; push, pulsion, thrust, shove, jog, jolt, brunt, booming, boost [U.S.], throw; ... show more

Roget 615: motive, springs of action, wellsprings of action.    reason, ground, call, principle; by end, by purpose; mainspring, primum mobile [Lat.], keystone; the why and the wherefore; ... show more

6 impulse

An impelling force or strength.

synonym: momentum.

Polish: impet, rozmach


Moby thesaurus: actuation, archetypal pattern, archetype, atomic power, automatic writing, automatism, blind impulse, catalyst, collective unconscious, compulsion, compulsiveness, conditioning, constraint, drive, echolalia, echopraxia, electric power, electropower, excitant, exigency ... show more.

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