[im-puhls] /ˈɪm pʌls/
the influence of a particular feeling, mental state, etc.:
to act under a generous impulse; to strike out at someone from an angry impulse.
sudden, involuntary inclination prompting to action:
to be swayed by impulse.
an instance of this.
a psychic drive or instinctual urge.
an action or force, driving onward or inducing motion.
the effect of an force; motion induced; impetus given.
Physiology. a progressive wave of excitation over a nerve or muscle fiber, having either a stimulating or inhibitory effect.
Mechanics. the product of the average force acting upon a body and the time during which it acts, equivalent to the change in the momentum of the body produced by such a force.
Electricity. a single, usually sudden, flow of current in one direction.
marked by or acting on impulse:
an impulse buyer.
bought or acquired on impulse:
To reduce expenses, shun impulse items when shopping.
an impelling force or motion; thrust; impetus
a sudden desire, whim, or inclination: I bought it on an impulse
an instinctive drive; urge
tendency; current; trend
(physiol) See nerve impulse
(electronics) a less common word for pulse1 (sense 2)
on impulse, spontaneously or impulsively
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.
impulse im·pulse (ĭm’pŭls’)
- Impulse buying
noun 1. the buying of retail merchandise prompted by a whim on seeing the product displayed
- Impulse control disorder
impulse control disorder n. Any of various types of mental disorders, such as substance abuse and pathological gambling, characterized by a tendency to gratify an immediate desire or impulse regardless of the consequences to one’s self or to others.
noun 1. a turbine moved by free jets of fluid striking the blades of the rotor together with the axial flow of fluid through the rotor. noun 1. a turbine in which the expansion of the fluid, often steam, is completed in a static nozzle, the torque being produced by the change in momentum of […]
[im-puhl-shuh n] /ɪmˈpʌl ʃən/ noun 1. the act of , driving onward, or pushing. 2. the resulting state or effect; ; impetus. 3. the inciting influence of some feeling or motive; mental . 4. a constraining or inciting action exerted on the mind or conduct: divine impulsion. /ɪmˈpʌlʃən/ noun 1. the act of impelling or […]