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[n] the act of applying force suddenly; "the impulse knocked him over"
[n] an impelling force or strength; "the car's momentum carried it off the road"
[n] the electrical discharge that travels along a nerve fiber; "they demonstrated the transmission of impulses from the cortex to the hypothalamus"
[n] (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"
[n] a sudden desire; "he bought it on impulse"
[n] an instinctive motive; "profound religious impulses"

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