Synonyms of impulse


1. urge, impulse, motivation, motive, need

usage: an instinctive motive; "profound religious impulses"

2. caprice, impulse, whim, desire

usage: a sudden desire; "he bought it on an impulse"

3. nerve impulse, nervous impulse, neural impulse, impulse, electrical discharge

usage: the electrical discharge that travels along a nerve fiber; "they demonstrated the transmission of impulses from the cortex to the hypothalamus"

4. pulsation, pulsing, pulse, impulse, wave, undulation

usage: (electronics) a sharp transient wave in the normal electrical state (or a series of such transients); "the pulsations seemed to be coming from a star"

5. impulse, impulsion, impetus, drive, thrust, driving force

usage: the act of applying force suddenly; "the impulse knocked him over"

6. momentum, impulse, force, forcefulness, strength

usage: an impelling force or strength; "the car's momentum carried it off the road"

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Definition and meaning of impulse (Dictionary)