What is impulse?

  • (noun): A sudden desire.
    Example: "He bought it on an impulse"
    Synonyms: caprice, whim
    See also — Additional definitions below

Some articles on impulse:

Apex Beat
... ictus cordis), also called the point of maximum impulse (PMI), is the furthermost point outwards (laterally) and downwards (inferiorly) from the sternum at which the cardiac impulse can be felt ... The cardiac impulse is the result of the heart rotating, moving forward and striking against the chest wall during systole ... It is also known as the "apical impulse" ...
Sirone (musician) - Discography - As Sideman
1966 Why Not? (ESP-Disk) 1966 Three for Shepp (Impulse!) With Dave Burrell 1968 High Won-High Two (Black Lion) With Zusaan Kali Fasteau 2004 Making Waves (Flying ...
Coltrane For Lovers - Background and Recording
... completing his contract with Atlantic in May 1961, John Coltrane joined the newly formed Impulse! label, with whom the "Classic Quartet" would record ... that the clinching reason Coltrane signed with Impulse! was that it would enable him to work again with recording engineer Rudy Van Gelder, who had taped his Prestige sessions, as well as Blue Train ... on Coltrane, his first studio project for the Impulse! label ...
Shades (Keith Jarrett Album)
... Shades is the fifth album on the Impulse label by jazz pianist Keith Jarrett ... Aside from appearing in the Mysteries The Impulse Years 1975-1976 boxset, Shades was only issued on compact disc in Japan, packaged in a miniature replica of the original vinyl LP sleeve ... In October 2011, it was reissued internationally as part of the Impulse! 2-on-1 series, packaged with Mysteries in a single disc format titled Mysteries / Shades ...
Impulse - Other
... Irresistible impulse, a legal defense that claims that the accused should not be held responsible for his/her actions Impulse (dinghy), a 4.0m sports sailing dinghy ...

More definitions of "impulse":

  • (noun): An instinctive motive.
    Synonyms: urge
  • (noun): (electronics) a sharp transient wave in the normal electrical state (or a series of such transients).
    Synonyms: pulsation, pulsing, pulse
  • (noun): The electrical discharge that travels along a nerve fiber.
    Synonyms: nerve impulse
  • (noun): An impelling force or strength.
    Synonyms: momentum
  • (noun): The act of applying force suddenly.
    Example: "The impulse knocked him over"
    Synonyms: impulsion, impetus

Famous quotes containing the word impulse:

    Whereas the Greeks gave to will the boundaries of reason, we have come to put the will’s impulse in the very center of reason, which has, as a result, become deadly.
    Albert Camus (1913–1960)

    What is desire?—
    The impulse to make someone else complete?
    That woman would set sodden straw on fire.
    Theodore Roethke (1908–1963)

    Experience was to be taken as showing that one might get a five-pound note as one got a light for a cigarette; but one had to check the friendly impulse to ask for it in the same way.
    Henry James (1843–1916)