impulse

impulse
noun
1 (C, U) a sudden strong desire to do something before thinking whether it is a sensible thing to do: impulse to do sth: Gerry couldn't resist the impulse to skip work and go down to the beach. | on impulse (=because of an impulse): She had invited Joseph on a sudden impulse but was now regretting it. | impulse buying (=buying things without planning or choosing carefully)
2 (C) an aim or reason that causes a particular kind of activity or behaviour: The prime impulse of capitalism is the making of money.
3 (C) technical a single push or force moving for a short time in one direction along a nerve or electric wire

Longman dictionary of contemporary English. 2004.

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