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impulse

noun actuation, drive, encouragement, immelling force, impetus, impulsio, impulsion, impulsus, incentive, motivation, motive, pressure, push, spontaneity, spontaneous inclination, stimulant, sudden desire, sudden force, thrust
Associated concepts: heat of passion, impulsive acts, irreeistible impulse, uncontrollable impulse
See also: catalyst, cause, desire, impetus, incentive, motive, passion, reason, stimulus
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A hungry animal feels restless, and is led by instinctive impulses to perform the movements which give it nourishment; but the act of seeking food is not sufficient evidence from which to conclude that the animal has the thought of food in its "mind.
Having been charged with a certain lack of emotional faculty I am glad to be able to say that on one occasion at least I did give way to a sentimental impulse.
Life flowed past him, deep and wide and varied, continually impinging upon his senses, demanding of him instant and endless adjustments and correspondences, and compelling him, almost always, to suppress his natural impulses.
Then arose in her the impulse to lean against him, to rest herself against his strength - a vague, half-formed impulse, which, even as she considered it, mastered her and made her lean toward him.
It bad stupefied all blessed impulses, and awakened into vivid life the whole brotherhood of bad ones.
I am always involving myself in some scrape or other, by acting on impulse.
I am astonished'--both the teachers were astonished--'I suppose it is an impulse which induces you to take the part of every grovelling and debased person that comes in your way'--both the teachers supposed so too.
The impulse was not confined to literature, but permeated all the life of the time.
After a year or two, if the impulse within them became strong and insistent enough, they married.
He knew the prod of impulse to join in this rush away from some unthinkably catastrophic event that impended and that stirred his intuitive apprehensions of death.
Just as in the mechanism of a clock, so in the mechanism of the military machine, an impulse once given leads to the final result; and just as indifferently quiescent till the moment when motion is transmitted to them are the parts of the mechanism which the impulse has not yet reached.
We felt the prod of gregarious instinct, the drawing together as though for united action, the impulse toward cooperation.