Definitions for impulse

Definitions for (noun) impulse

Main entry: impetus, impulse, impulsion

Definition: the act of applying force suddenly

Usage: the impulse knocked him over

Main entry: momentum, impulse

Definition: an impelling force or strength

Usage: the car's momentum carried it off the road

Main entry: impulse, nerve impulse, nervous impulse, neural impulse

Definition: the electrical discharge that travels along a nerve fiber

Usage: they demonstrated the transmission of impulses from the cortex to the hypothalamus

Main entry: impulse, pulsation, pulse, pulsing

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

Usage: the pulsations seemed to be coming from a star

Main entry: impulse, whim, caprice

Definition: a sudden desire

Usage: he bought it on an impulse

Main entry: impulse, urge

Definition: an instinctive motive

Usage: profound religious impulses

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