One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘she had an impulse to run and hide somewhere’
urge, instinct, drive, compulsion, need, itch
whim, caprice, desire, fancy, notion
2‘he was a man of impulse’
spontaneity, impetuosity, wildness, recklessness, irresponsibility, rashness
3‘passions provide the main impulse of poetry and music’
inspiration, stimulation, stimulus, incitement, motivation, encouragement, fillip, spur, prod, catalyst
4‘neurons conduct impulses from the spinal cord to the muscles’
pulse, current, wave
signal, message, brainwave, communication
‘Valerie and I married on impulse’
impulsively, spontaneously, on the spur of the moment, without forethought, without planning, without thinking twice, without premeditation, unpremeditatedly
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