in·stinct /ˈɪnˌstɪŋ(k)t/ 名詞
In·stinct a. Urged or stimulated from within; naturally moved or impelled; imbued; animated; alive; quick; as, birds instinct with life.
The chariot of paternal deity . . .
Itself instinct with spirit, but convoyed
By four cherubic shapes. --Milton.
A noble performance, instinct with sound principle. --Brougham.
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 propensity prior to experience, and independent of instructions. --Paley.
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. --Whately.
An instinct is an agent which performs blindly and ignorantly a work of intelligence and knowledge. --Sir W. Hamilton.
By a divine instinct, men's minds mistrust
Ensuing dangers. --Shak.
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.
The resemblance between what originally was a habit, and an instinct becomes so close as not to be distinguished. --Darwin.
3. A natural aptitude or knack; a predilection; as, an instinct for order; to be modest by instinct.
In·stinct v. t. To impress, as an animating power, or instinct. [Obs.]
adj : (followed by `with')deeply filled or permeated; "imbued with
the spirit of the Reformation"; "words instinct with
love"; "it is replete with misery" [syn: instinct(p),
n : inborn pattern of behavior often responsive to specific
stimuli; "the spawning instinct in salmon"; "altruistic
instincts in social animals" [syn: inherent aptitude]