Definition of 'impulse'
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This quality is also linked to having good impulse control. Times, Sunday Times (2017)Stick it on your forehead and it sends electrical impulses to calm you down or give you energy. The Sun (2016)It was useful after an impulse purchase became my saviour when I burned my back in the sun. The Sun (2016)Heavy drinkers had fewer neurons - nerve cells that transmit information - in the part of the brain that controls impulses. The Sun (2016)They are far less successful with those who lack control over their impulses. Christianity Today (2000)His study also found that people who shopped frequently were more likely to make impulse purchases. Times, Sunday Times (2014)You think you made an impulse buy? Times, Sunday Times (2013)The human brain contains millions of nerve cells which are continually receiving and sending out nerve impulses. Biology Basic Facts (1982)Her concern was also driven by another impulse. Consuelo & Alva: Love and Power in the Gilded Age (2005)It was one of those impulse buys. Times, Sunday Times (2008)She resisted the impulse to lift the hand mirror from the table and touch up her eyes. Times, Sunday Times (2010)The impulses and desires of the mother and partner have been gratified in this system. Times, Sunday Times (2007)Its lack of moving parts and use of electrical impulses put it beyond easy understanding. Times, Sunday Times (2009)Their rational mind was too busy to control their impulses. Times, Sunday Times (2009)Evidence suggests foods sold at impulse purchase points like checkouts experience higher sales. The Sun (2013)These impulse buys will really have to stop. Times, Sunday Times (2012)But its most important role is its balance with calcium in maintaining proper nerve and muscle impulses. The Family Nutrition Workbook (1988)Do not resist your impulse to compliment the elephant. THROWING THE ELEPHANT (2002) Electrical impulses are transmitted to the nerve endings in the ear via the implement. The A-Z of Beauty Treatment (1994)Some say these people simply have no impulse control. The Sun (2013)The worst simply mean an impulse buy and an extra card in your wallet. Times, Sunday Times (2011)This is not the sort of garden for impulse purchases of a single specimen from a plant fair. Times, Sunday Times (2012)It's an essential manoeuvre for short cuts and for sudden shopping impulses. Times, Sunday Times (2007)The outward, connecting impulse is just one source of enrichment on offer here. The Times Literary Supplement (2008)It begins with an impulse, a desire to disconnect. Times, Sunday Times (2007)By understanding the impulse to diffuse responsibility, perhaps as individuals we will be more likely to act. Between Worlds: A Reader, Rhetoric and Handbook (1995)His was an existence of impulse, of whim, of energy. Times, Sunday Times (2007)It's all very good to understand your impulses, but how do you deal with them? Times, Sunday Times (2008)
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British English: impulse NOUN
An impulse is a sudden desire to do something.
Unable to resist the impulse, he glanced at the sea again.
British English: impulse ADJECTIVE
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.
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