Origin of impulse
Related Words for impulsedesire, thought, motivation, whim, wish, influence, motive, passion, instinct, feeling, notion, inclination, impetus, vibration, pulse, movement, hunch, yen, mind, whimsy
Examples from the Web for impulse
Contemporary Examples of impulse
The impulse to interpret seems to me what makes personal essay writing compelling.Daphne Merkin on Lena Dunham, Book Criticism, and Self-Examination
December 26, 2014
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
December 6, 2014
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
The question is not whether they are right or wrong but why they feel an impulse to dispense their advice in the first place.America’s Meddlers Are Our Worst Enemies
October 3, 2014
As to whether the MRAP was an impulse buy, Ms. Kroemer assured me it was not.Why Does My Kids’ Elementary School Need a Tank?
September 13, 2014
Historical Examples of impulse
The impulse that had prompted him to hail her now prompted wild words.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
Let her think that your own impulse leads you, and then she will yield.
Hope asked no questions, and hardly felt the impulse to inquire what had happened.
All at once an impulse of yielding which was really freedom came to her.Quaint Courtships
The impulse of one billiard-ball is attended with motion in the second.
- 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
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.