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  • n  an instinctive motive
    profound religious impulses
  • n  a sudden desire
    he bought it on an impulse
  • n  the electrical discharge that travels along a nerve fiber
    they demonstrated the transmission of impulses from the cortex to the hypothalamus
  • n  (electronics) a sharp transient wave in the normal electrical state (or a series of such transients)
  • n  the act of applying force suddenly
    the impulse knocked him over
  • n  an impelling force or strength

  • Gamers have their own digital currencies that can be used for impulse buys during online role-playing games.
  • 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.
  • Masterfile Radius Images Corbis Problem gambling, like all addictions, is at least partly rooted in poor impulse control, and if there's any place people make their want-it-now .
News & Articles

  • 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 ...
    June 12, 2013 - KMOV St. Louis
  • 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.
    June 11, 2013 - The Argus Leader
  • 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.
    June 11, 2013 - The Steamboat Pilot & Today

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