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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.