Usage examples for impel

  1. As the 'plane neared the obstruction something seemed to impel it upward. – The Girl Aviators and the Phantom Airship by Margaret Burnham
  2. According to them, the mouth is not formed to speak and eat, nor the stomach to digest, nor the heart to receive the blood from the veins and impel it through the arteries, nor the feet to walk, nor the ears to hear. – A Philosophical Dictionary, Volume 5 (of 10) From "The Works of Voltaire - A Contemporary Version" by François-Marie Arouet (AKA Voltaire) Commentator: John Morley Tobias Smollett H.G. Leigh
  3. The good and the bad in her alike impel her to have done with it all; and a pistol- shot ends what is surely one of the most poignant character- tragedies in literature. – Hedda Gabler Play In Four Acts by Henrik Ibsen
  4. Still, his curiosity does not impel him to importunate inquiry. – The Lone Ranche by Captain Mayne Reid
  5. Enchanted choirs of baby years, Sweet dirges from the cradle's keys, The glories of your harmonies Impel my secret soul to tears! – Oklahoma and Other Poems by Freeman E. Miller
  6. I need not say where my own feelings impel me. – The Life and Letters of Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, Volume I (of 2) by Florence A. Thomas Marshall
  7. So strong is it as to impel her to indiscreet and self- destructive expedients; and so I should likewise reason if these very expedients did not argue a confidence in my integrity somewhat inconsistent with the censure passed on my morals. – Jane Talbot by Charles Brockden Brown
  8. Natural, no doubt, and pleasant, if we could have the desire granted; but duty is greater than desire, and circumstances may at times impel us to the performance of the one rather than favor us with the gratification of the other. – Dawn by Mrs. Harriet A. Adams
  9. You know the tone; it had just that inflection of surprised sympathy which makes you tell your troubles without that reservation which a more neutral listener would unconsciously impel. – The Uphill Climb by B. M. Bower
  10. It is the silent influence of the motives which impel the persons who constantly surround us. – Study of Child Life by Marion Foster Washburne
  11. In order that primeval men, or the ape- like progenitors of man, should have become social, they must have acquired the same instinctive feelings which impel other animals to live in a body; and they no doubt exhibited the same general disposition. – The Descent of Man and Selection in Relation to Sex, Vol. I (1st edition) by Charles Darwin
  12. Every heart that is really touched with gratitude will feel, that the less the giver insists upon his gifts, the more do they impel to affectionate service. – The Expositor's Bible: Colossians and Philemon by Alexander Maclaren
  13. In the limited space at our disposal we can do no more than indicate the principal and choicest objects in the various rooms, praying those whose leisure and interest impel them to more thorough examination of any one department, to possess themselves of the admirable and exhaustive special catalogues issued by the Directors of the Museum. – The Story of Paris by Thomas Okey
  14. In this manner our thirty- three States may resolve themselves into as many petty, jarring, and hostile republics, each one retiring from the Union without responsibility whenever any sudden excitement might impel them to such a course. – Complete State of the Union Addresses from 1790 to the Present by Various
  15. " Bertrand has just told me facts which alter this case- which impel me to aid Monsieur d'Azay if possible," he said; and then, turning to Adrienne, who, pale with anxiety and terror, had risen from her seat and drawn near, he went on: " I will use all my power to be of service to the wife of the man who once showed a courtesy to mine." – Calvert of Strathore by Carter Goodloe
  16. Each leaves an impression that will impel re- reading. – Sea Poems by Cale Young Rice
  17. As Murray threw his arm about her waist, to impel her failing steps, his eyes fell on the banner and the suit of armor. – The Scottish Chiefs by Jane Porter
  18. I recognize that you are not an impulsive, sensational man, and I am all the more anxious to learn from your own lips something of the influences, of the processes which have changed you, which have been strong enough to impel you to risk the position you have achieved. – The Inside of the Cup, Complete by Winston Churchill Last Updated: March 5, 2009