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English noun: impulse

1. impulse (motive) an instinctive motive

SamplesProfound religious impulses.


Broader (hypernym)motivation, motive, need

Narrower (hyponym)abience, adience, death instinct, death wish, itchy feet, Thanatos, wanderlust

2. impulse (feeling) a sudden desire

SamplesHe bought it on an impulse.

Synonymscaprice, whim

Broader (hypernym)desire

3. impulse (event) the electrical discharge that travels along a nerve fiber

SamplesThey demonstrated the transmission of impulses from the cortex to the hypothalamus.

Synonymsnerve impulse, nervous impulse, neural impulse

Broader (hypernym)electrical discharge

Narrower (hyponym)action potential

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

SamplesThe pulsations seemed to be coming from a star.

Synonymspulsation, pulse, pulsing

Broader (hypernym)undulation, wave

Domain categoryelectronics

5. impulse (act) the act of applying force suddenly

SamplesThe impulse knocked him over.

Synonymsimpetus, impulsion

Broader (hypernym)drive, driving force, thrust

6. impulse (attribute) an impelling force or strength

SamplesThe car's momentum carried it off the road.


Broader (hypernym)force, forcefulness, strength

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