impulse


impulse
impulse [im′puls΄]
n.
[L impulsus < pp. of impellere: see IMPEL]
1.
a) an impelling, or driving forward with sudden force
b) an impelling force; sudden, driving force; push; thrust; impetus
c) the motion or effect caused by such a force
2.
a) incitement to action arising from a state of mind or some external stimulus
b) a sudden inclination to act, usually without premeditation
c) a motive or tendency coming from within [prompted by an impulse of curiosity]
3. Elec. a momentary surge in one direction of voltage or current
4. Mech. the change in momentum effected by a force, measured by multiplying the average value of the force by the time during which it acts
5. Physiol. the progressive wave of excitation over a muscle or nerve fiber, which causes or inhibits activity in the body

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