impetus


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impetus

Physics the force that sets a body in motion or that tends to resist changes in a body's motion

impetus

The span of a building, roof, or arch.
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His body, borne by the impetus of his headlong rush, plunged upon me.
Philander's center of equilibrium was at that very moment hanging upon the ragged edge of nothing, so that it needed but the gentle impetus supplied by the additional weight of Professor Porter's body to topple the devoted secretary from the limb.
The impetus with which inclination became resolution was heightened by those little events of the day which had roused her discontent with the actual conditions of her life.
Already the craft was moving slowly toward the tower, carried thither by the impetus of the banth's heavy body leaping upon it from astern.
"Now get out of here," and he grabbed Rokoff and Paulvitch each by the scruff of the neck and thrust them forcibly through the doorway, giving each an added impetus down the corridor with the toe of his boot.
Weller disengaged himself from the grasp of the agonised Pickwickian; and, in so doing, administered a considerable impetus to the unhappy Mr.
In 1311 a new impetus was given to the whole ceremony by the establishment of the late spring festival of Corpus Christi, a celebration of the doctrine of transubstantiation.
Smiling, but somehow disillusioned, she jumped out, and her impetus carried her to the front-door.
El impetus en los cuerpos supralunares: en camino hacia la inercia moderna
"We are pleased to be converting this former office building into a condominium community that will greatly benefit Jersey City and hopefully be the impetus for other conversions of obsolete buildings," commented Jon Mills, principal-in-charge of development and leasing, D6 Developments.
Musical dynamics give the movement its impetus, with elements that run the gamut from wicked humor to poignant drama.
If one takes a worldview that supports agriculture as long as it is practiced sustainably, then increased demand, regardless of its impetus, must be considered a good thing--ultimately better than keeping petroleum advocates on life support.