Impulse
Impulse Im"pulse, n. [L. impulsus, fr. impellere. See {Impel}.] [1913 Webster] 1. The act of impelling, or driving onward with sudden force; impulsion; especially, force so communicated as to produced motion suddenly, or immediately. [1913 Webster]

All spontaneous animal motion is performed by mechanical impulse. --S. Clarke. [1913 Webster]

2. The effect of an impelling force; motion produced by a sudden or momentary force. [1913 Webster]

3. (Mech.) 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. [1913 Webster]

4. 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. [1913 Webster +PJC]

These were my natural impulses for the undertaking. --Dryden.

Syn: Force; incentive; influence; motive; feeling; incitement; instigation. [1913 Webster]


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