from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. An impelling force; an impulse.
- n. The force or energy associated with a moving body.
- n. Something that incites; a stimulus.
- n. Increased activity in response to a stimulus: The approaching deadline gave impetus to the investigation.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Something that impels, a stimulating factor.
- n. A force, either internal or external, that impels; an impulse.
- n. The force or energy associated with a moving body; a stimulus.
- n. An activity in response to a stimulus.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A property possessed by a moving body in virtue of its weight and its motion; the force with which any body is driven or impelled; momentum.
- n. Fig.: Impulse; incentive; stimulus; vigor; force.
- n. The altitude through which a heavy body must fall to acquire a velocity equal to that with which a ball is discharged from a piece.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Energy of motion; the power with which a moving body tends to maintain its velocity and overcome resistance: as, the impetus of a cannon-ball; hence, figuratively, impulse; impulsion; stimulus.
- n. In gunnery, the altitude due to the first force of projection, or the space through which a body must fall to acquire a velocity equal to that with which a ball is discharged from a piece.
- n. The sudden force of passion.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the act of applying force suddenly
- n. a force that moves something along
While progress derived its main impetus from the sex-passion, and the highest emotions were those that held us together in the family relation, such education and such surroundings as fostered and intensified these emotions were naturally the best.
Where I differ from Einstein is that he conceives this quantity which I call the impetus as merely expressing the characters of the space and time to be adopted and thus ends by talking of the gravitational field expressing a curvature in the space-time manifold.
Every possible stone needs to be turned to ensure that money resting idly in bank accounts is put to better use in the context of the short term impetus that the economy requires.
If we all want to see more manga being recognized, then the impetus is on manga industry pros and fans to create and fund our own respectable manga award.
As with most Walmart programs, the clear impetus is to claim a share of consumer spending: first for organics, now for locally grown food.
The JFK audio tapes suggest strongly that early on JFK was the main impetus behind putting Apollo on the fast track.
And the impetus is not just towards symbolic formulation, towards derivative product, but towards definition, towards the coherence it offers.
Medieval guilds were endowed with the right to combine and make their own regulations -- precisely this impetus is behind the MFA system's retreat from the world of unabashed capitalism (also known as "reality" in the industrialized world).
It will analyse your decisions of what you eat and drink, and how your behaviour changes given a certain impetus, such as the placement of fresh flowers on your table.
The main impetus came out of the SF-FFW's, an informal group of professional science fiction and fantasy female writers that has been together about five years.