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im·pe·tus

 (ĭm′pĭ-təs)
n. pl. im·pe·tus·es
1. An impelling force; an impulse.
2. The force or energy associated with a moving body.
3.
a. Something that incites; a stimulus.
b. Increased activity in response to a stimulus: The approaching deadline gave impetus to the investigation.

[Middle English impetous, from Latin impetus, from impetere, to attack : in-, against; see in-2 + petere, to go towards, seek; see pet- in Indo-European roots.]

impetus

(ˈɪmpɪtəs)
n, pl -tuses
1. an impelling movement or force; incentive or impulse; stimulus
2. (General Physics) physics the force that sets a body in motion or that tends to resist changes in a body's motion
[C17: from Latin: attack, from impetere to assail, from im- (in) + petere to make for, seek out]

im•pe•tus

(ˈɪm pɪ təs)

n., pl. -tus•es.
1. a driving force; impulse; stimulus.
2. the momentum of a moving body, esp. with reference to the cause of motion.
[1650–60; < Latin: attack]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.impetus - a force that moves something alongimpetus - a force that moves something along  
force - (physics) the influence that produces a change in a physical quantity; "force equals mass times acceleration"
2.impetus - the act of applying force suddenly; "the impulse knocked him over"
drive, driving force, thrust - the act of applying force to propel something; "after reaching the desired velocity the drive is cut off"

impetus

noun
1. incentive, push, spur, motivation, impulse, stimulus, catalyst, goad, impulsion She needed a new impetus for her talent.
2. force, power, energy, momentum This decision will give renewed impetus to economic regeneration.

impetus

noun
Something that causes and encourages a given response:
Translations
قُوَّةٌ دافِعَه، حافِز زَخَم
podnětpopudstimulimpuls
kraft
lendítõerõ
drifkraftur
greičio jėga
dzinējspēksstimuls
devinim gücüdürtüitme

impetus

[ˈɪmpɪtəs] N (lit) (= force) → ímpetu m (fig) → impulso m
to give an impetus to salesimpulsar or incentivar las ventas

impetus

[ˈɪmpɪtəs] n
(= stimulus) → impulsion f
to give new impetus to sth → donner un nouvel élan à qch, donner une nouvelle impulsion à qch
[runner] → élan m
impinge on
[ɪmˈpɪndʒɒn] vt fus
[+ person] → affecter, toucher
[+ rights] → empiéter sur

impetus

n (lit, fig)Impuls m; (= force)Kraft f; (= momentum)Schwung m, → Impetus m (geh); the impetus behind this increase in activitydie treibende Kraft hinter dieser zunehmenden Aktivität; to give (an) impetus to something (fig)einer Sache (dat)Impulse geben

impetus

[ˈɪmpɪtəs] n (force) → spinta, impeto (fig) → impulso

impetus

(ˈimpətəs) noun
the force or energy with which something moves.
References in classic literature ?
But the shock was insufficient to repel the impetus of the charge.
At this moment Derick was in the act of pitching his lamp-feeder at the advancing boats, and also his oil-can; perhaps with the double view of retarding his rivals' way, and at the same time economically accelerating his own by the momentary impetus of the backward toss.
DOUGLASS could be persuaded to conse- crate his time and talents to the promotion of the anti-slavery enterprise, a powerful impetus would be given to it, and a stunning blow at the same time inflicted on northern prejudice against a colored complexion.
I saw that in another moment, and with one impetus of frenzy more, I should be able to do nothing with him.
All I would say is, that I can go abroad without your family coming forward to favour me, - in short, with a parting Shove of their cold shoulders; and that, upon the whole, I would rather leave England with such impetus as I possess, than derive any acceleration of it from that quarter.
The men at the edge of the raft, armed with long sticks, pressed with violence against the shore to send off the frail construction with sufficient impetus to force its way through corpses and ice-floes to the other shore.
By its own power of impulsion our apparatus made a canal for itself; some times carried away by its own impetus, it lodged on the ice-field, crushing it with its weight, and sometimes buried beneath it, dividing it by a simple pitching movement, producing large rents in it.
In less than an hour he left the rudder and furled his sails, whilst the sledge, carried forward by the great impetus the wind had given it, went on half a mile further with its sails unspread.
Even this artistic impetus would at last die away--had almost died in the Time I saw.
The Martian staggered with the violence of her explosion, and in another moment the flaming wreckage, still driving forward with the impetus of its pace, had struck him and crumpled him up like a thing of cardboard.
The regiment, relieved of a burden, received a new impetus.
Ultimately some of the minor spars did go - nothing important: spanker-booms and such-like - because at times the frightful impetus of her rolling would part a fourfold tackle of new three- inch Manilla line as if it were weaker than pack-thread.