Meaning of 'impulse'

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Meaning of ‘impulse’

6 definitions found.



the act of applying force suddenly

Example: "The impulse knocked them over."

Synonyms: impulsion impetus


an impelling force or strength

Synonyms: momentum


the electrical discharge that travels along a nerve fiber

Example: "they demonstrated the transmission of impulses from the cortex to the hypothalamus"

Synonyms: nerve impulse nervous impulse neural impulse


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

Synonyms: pulse pulsation pulsing


a sudden desire

Example: "They bought it on an impulse."

Synonyms: whim caprice


an instinctive motive

Example: "profound religious impulses"

Synonyms: urge

Source: WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University

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