|a.||1.||Urged or stimulated from within; naturally moved or impelled; imbued; animated; alive; quick; |
The chariot of paternal deity . . .
Itself instinct with spirit, but convoyed
By four cherubic shapes.
|1.||Natural inward impulse; unconscious, involuntary, or unreasoning prompting to any mode of action, whether bodily, or mental, without a distinct apprehension of the end or object to be accomplished.|
An instinct is a blind tendency to some mode of action, independent of any consideration, on the part of the agent, of the end to which the action leads.
|2.||(Zool.) Specif., the natural, unreasoning, impulse by which an animal is guided to the performance of any action, without thought of improvement in the method.|
|3.||A natural aptitude or knack; a predilection; |
|v. t.||1.||To impress, as an animating power, or instinct.|
|Noun||1.||instinct - inborn pattern of behavior often responsive to specific stimuli; "the spawning instinct in salmon"; "altruistic instincts in social animals"|
Synonyms: inherent aptitude
|Adj.||1.||instinct - (followed by `with')deeply filled or permeated; "imbued with the spirit of the Reformation"; "words instinct with love"; "it is replete with misery"|