Synonyms for impulse

Synonyms for (noun) impulse

Synonyms: impetus, impulse, impulsion

Definition: the act of applying force suddenly

Usage: the impulse knocked him over

Similar words: drive, driving force, thrust

Definition: the act of applying force to propel something

Usage: after reaching the desired velocity the drive is cut off

Synonyms: momentum, impulse

Definition: an impelling force or strength

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

Similar words: force, forcefulness, strength

Definition: physical energy or intensity

Usage: he hit with all the force he could muster; it was destroyed by the strength of the gale; a government has not the vitality and forcefulness of a living man

Synonyms: 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

Similar words: electrical discharge

Definition: a discharge of electricity

Synonyms: 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

Similar words: undulation, wave

Definition: (physics) a movement up and down or back and forth

Synonyms: impulse, whim, caprice

Definition: a sudden desire

Usage: he bought it on an impulse

Similar words: desire

Definition: the feeling that accompanies an unsatisfied state

Synonyms: impulse, urge

Definition: an instinctive motive

Usage: profound religious impulses

Similar words: need, motivation, motive

Definition: the psychological feature that arouses an organism to action toward a desired goal; the reason for the action; that which gives purpose and direction to behavior

Usage: we did not understand his motivation; he acted with the best of motives

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