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Definition of impulse:

  1. A mental force which simply and directly urges to action; hasty inclination; sudden motive; momentary or transient influence of appetite or passion; propension; incitement; as, a man of good impulses; passion often gives a violent impulse to the will.
  2. The act of impelling, or driving onward with sudden force; impulsion; especially, force so communicated as to produced motion suddenly, or immediately.
  3. The action of a force during a very small interval of time; the effect of such action; as, the impulse of a sudden blow upon a hard elastic body.
  4. The effect of an impelling force; motion produced by a sudden or momentary force.
  5. To impel; to incite.

Synonyms:

pulse rate, vagary, bundle, beat, cause, leaning, liking, lust, notion, disposition, affinity, heart rate, inspiration, proneness, whimsy, pulsing, appetency, extemporization, come-on, your inner self, boost, partiality, whimsey, aptitude, bone, feelings, caprice, surge, spur, twinge, incitation, yeast, freak, pressure, blackout, arc light, spurt, acquisition, impetus, momentum, appetite, spontaneity, thirst, inclination, hunch, wares, flush, offering, bias, appeal, vibration, drift, bent, boutade, neural impulse, devices, bee, genius, goods, predisposition, heartbeat, tendency, product, longing, alternating current, stimulator, throb, loss leader, zest, penchant, relish, undercurrent, movement, outburst, arc, fit, active, megrim, passion, temper, wish, spasm, mood, brownout, AC, pulsation, itch, augmentation, consumer goods, propensity, impulsion, charge, fillip, flash, conceit, affection, fancy, desire, nervous impulse, frame of mind, emotion, stroke, propulsion, turn, encouragement, nerve impulse, thought, motive, goad, predilection, rush, pulse, merchandise, whim, shock, heart, stimulant, craving, proclivity, habitude, humor, urge, sensation.

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