impulse

impulse
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impulses
1) N-VAR: oft N to-inf An impulse is a sudden desire to do something.

Unable to resist the impulse, he glanced at the sea again...

He still couldn't understand the impulse that had made him confide in Cassandra...

Wade resisted an impulse to smile.

2) N-COUNT An impulse is a short electrical signal that is sent along a wire or nerve or through the air, usually as one of a series.
3) ADJ: ADJ n An impulse buy or impulse purchase is something that you decide to buy when you see it, although you had not planned to buy it.

The curtains were an impulse buy.

4) PHRASE: PHR after v If you do something on impulse, you suddenly decide to do it, without planning it.

Sean's a fast thinker, and he acts on impulse...

After lunch she decided on impulse to take a bath.


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