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Word: impetus

Definition: moving force; momentum; force of a moving body; incentive; stimulus; impulse


Sentences Containing 'impetus'

These balls, having each received less than the original energy, have less to transmit; each of these balls in turn meets with others, and hence the motion becomes more and more distributed, and distant balls receive less and less impetus.
And if the first attempt lands him nearly up at the top but not#quite#, he has to go back and take the long run all over again, to give him the impetus that shall carry him right through.
'Even this artistic impetus would at last die away--had almost died in the Time I saw.
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.
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.

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