impulse impulse  /ˈɪm pəls/


  1. (n) an instinctive motive
  2. (n) a sudden desire
  3. (n) the electrical discharge that travels along a nerve fiber
  4. (n) (electronics) a sharp transient wave in the normal electrical state (or a series of such transients)
  5. (n) the act of applying force suddenly
  6. (n) an impelling force or strength


  1. Gamers have their own digital currencies that can be used for impulse buys during online role-playing games.
  2. So long as you don't count sex and violence, there's no human impulse older than the urge to find a nice, affordable house, something outside of town but not too far.
  3. But the impulse toward social equality has not disappeared.


  1. Last day for public to see Solar Impulse plane at Lambert

    ( -- Wednesday is the last day for the St. Louis area to get a view of the Solar Impulse, the world’s first solar plane, at Lambert-St. Louis airport. Officials said free registration is available for the public here . This is the last public appearance before the plane takes off for Washington D.C. on its “Across America” mission. Lambert officials said more than 8,000 people have ...
    on June 12, 2013     Source: KMOV St. Louis

  2. Video, photos - Harriman: Dog rescue on the prairie

    Her impulse, something in the dog's calm, friendly nature and a dedicated Sioux Falls Area Humane Society staff made an unlikely connection. Their disparate narrative threads weave a story about the powerful human-animal bond.
    on June 11, 2013     Source: The Argus Leader

  3. 4-H partners with Yampatika to bring agriculture to local kids

    For Smith Dean, 8, and Lucas Morter, 11, the impulse to join 4-H came from seeing their friends learn how to raise and care for livestock.
    on June 11, 2013     Source: The Steamboat Pilot & Today

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