Impulse may refer to:


  • Impulse (physics), in mechanics, something that changes the momentum of an object; the integral of a force with respect to time
  • Specific impulse, the change in momentum per unit mass of propellant of a propulsion system
  • Impulse function, a mathematical function of an infinitely high amplitude and infinitesimal duration
  • Impulse response, a system's output when presented with the impulse function in Electrical Engineering
  • Impulse (psychology), a wish or urge, particularly a sudden one

Film and television

Print media

  • Impulse (novel), a young adult novel by Ellen Hopkins
  • Impulse (Psionex), a Marvel Comics character by Fabian Nicieza and Mark Bagley
  • Impulse (DC Comics), an identity shared by three comic book superheroes published by DC Comics: Bart Allen, Kent Shakespeare, and Iris West
  • Science Fantasy (magazine), which was published for a while under the titles Impulse and SF Impulse


  • Impulse! Records, a jazz recording label
  • Impulse Drum and Bugle Corps, an Open Class Drum and Bugle Corps from Buena Park, California



  • Irresistible impulse, a legal defense that claims that the accused should not be held responsible for his/her actions
  • Impulse (dinghy), a 4.0m sports sailing dinghy

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