impetus definition

  • noun:
    • An impelling force; an impulse.
    • The power or power related to a moving human body.
    • Something that incites; a stimulus.
    • Increased task responding to a stimulus: The approaching due date offered impetus towards examination.
    • something which impels, a stimulating aspect.
    • A force, either internal or external, that impels; an impulse.
    • The force or power of a moving human body; a stimulus.
    • an action responding to a stimulus.
    • a house possessed by a moving human body in virtue of their fat as well as its motion; the force with which any human body is driven or impelled; energy.
    • Fig.: Impulse; incentive; stimulation; vitality; force.
    • The height through which huge body must fall to acquire a velocity equal to that with which a ball is released from an item.
    • Energy of motion; the ability with which a moving human anatomy tends to maintain its velocity and overcome resistance: as, the impetus of a cannon-ball; hence, figuratively, impulse; impulsion; stimulus.
    • In gunnery, the altitude as a result of the very first force of projection, or the area by which a body must fall to obtain a velocity corresponding to by using which a ball is released from an item.
    • The sudden power of enthusiasm.
    • the work of applying power out of the blue
    • a force that moves some thing along

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