Origin of impulse
Examples from the Web for impulse
The impulse to interpret seems to me what makes personal essay writing compelling.Daphne Merkin on Lena Dunham, Book Criticism, and Self-Examination|Mindy Farabee|December 26, 2014|DAILY BEAST
In “Not What It Used To Be,” you write about talking to your younger self, which is an impulse I think many of us will understand.Meghan Daum On Tackling The Unspeakable Parts Of Life|David Yaffe|December 6, 2014|DAILY BEAST
And I was wondering how you combat that impulse to reject the young?Martin Amis Talks About Nazis, Novels, and Cute Babies|Ronald K. Fried|October 9, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The question is not whether they are right or wrong but why they feel an impulse to dispense their advice in the first place.
As to whether the MRAP was an impulse buy, Ms. Kroemer assured me it was not.
A moment later she was thankful for the impulse that caused her to wait.The Silent Alarm|Roy J. Snell
The mind is apt to tire and needs rousing continually, otherwise the work will lack the impulse that shall make it vital.The Practice and Science Of Drawing|Harold Speed
It was as a poison flowing in his veins and giving him an impulse to bite like a mad dog.The Works of Guy de Maupassant, Volume VIII.|Guy de Maupassant
Presently some sentiment is expressed which you do not approve, and you put forth an impulse of will-power in protest.Beyond|Henry Seward Hubbard
In this we find the first impulse of that movement which later led to the founding of science.History of Education|Levi Seeley
British Dictionary definitions for impulse
- the product of the average magnitude of a force acting on a body and the time for which it acts
- the change in the momentum of a body as a result of a force acting upon it for a short period of time
Word Origin for impulse
Word Origin and History for impulse
early 15c., "an act of impelling, a thrust, push," from Latin impulsus "a push against, pressure, shock," also "incitement, instigation, impulse," past participle of impellere (see impel). Meaning "stimulus in the mind arising from some state or feeling" first recorded 1640s.