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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

pulsepʌls(n.; v.)pulsed, puls•ing.

  1. (n.)the regular throbbing of the arteries, caused by the successive contractions of the heart, esp. as may be felt at an artery, as at the wrist.

    Category: Physiology

  2. a single pulsation of the arteries or heart.

    Category: Physiology

  3. a stroke, vibration, or undulation, or a rhythmic series of these.

  4. the prevailing attitudes or sentiments, as of the public.

  5. a momentary, sudden fluctuation in an electrical quantity, as in voltage or current.

    Category: Electricity and Magnetism

  6. a single, abrupt emission of particles or radiation.

    Category: Physics

  7. (v.i.)to beat or throb; pulsate.

  8. to vibrate or undulate.

  9. to emit particles or radiation periodically in short bursts.

    Category: Physics

  10. (v.t.)to cause to pulse.

Origin of pulse:

1375–1425; ME puls < L pulsus beating, striking, pulse, der. (with -tus suffix of v. action) of pellere to beat, strike


  1. the edible seeds of certain leguminous plants, as peas or beans.

    Category: Plants

  2. a plant producing such seeds.

    Category: Plants

Origin of pulse:

1250–1300; ME puls (< OF pouls ) < L: porridge of spelt or another grain. Cf. poultice

Princeton's WordNet

  1. pulsation, pulsing, pulse, impulse(noun)

    (electronics) a sharp transient wave in the normal electrical state (or a series of such transients)

    "the pulsations seemed to be coming from a star"

  2. pulse, pulsation, heartbeat, beat(noun)

    the rhythmic contraction and expansion of the arteries with each beat of the heart

    "he could feel the beat of her heart"

  3. pulse, pulse rate, heart rate(noun)

    the rate at which the heart beats; usually measured to obtain a quick evaluation of a person's health

  4. pulse(verb)

    edible seeds of various pod-bearing plants (peas or beans or lentils etc.)

  5. pulsate, throb, pulse(verb)

    expand and contract rhythmically; beat rhythmically

    "The baby's heart was pulsating again after the surgeon massaged it"

  6. pulse, pulsate(verb)

    produce or modulate (as electromagnetic waves) in the form of short bursts or pulses or cause an apparatus to produce pulses

    "pulse waves"; "a transmitter pulsed by an electronic tube"

  7. pulse(verb)

    drive by or as if by pulsation

    "A soft breeze pulsed the air"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. pulse(noun)ʌls

    the rhythm of the blood going through the body that you can feel in your wrist, neck, etc.

    I could feel a faint pulse.


  1. pulse(Noun)

    Any annual legume yielding from 1 to 12 grains or seeds of variable size, shape and colour within a pod, and used as food for humans or animals.

  2. pulse(Noun)

    A normally regular beat felt when arteries are depressed, caused by the pumping action of the heart.

  3. pulse(Noun)

    A beat or throb.

  4. pulse(Noun)

    The beat or tactus of a piece of music.

  5. pulse(Verb)

    to beat, to throb, to flash.

    In the dead of night, all was still but the pulsing light.

  6. pulse(Verb)

    to flow, particularly of blood.

    Hot blood pulses through my veins.

  7. pulse(Verb)

    to emit in discrete quantities

  8. Origin: pulsus, from pellere.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Pulse(noun)

    leguminous plants, or their seeds, as beans, pease, etc

  2. Pulse(noun)

    the beating or throbbing of the heart or blood vessels, especially of the arteries

  3. Pulse(noun)

    any measured or regular beat; any short, quick motion, regularly repeated, as of a medium in the transmission of light, sound, etc.; oscillation; vibration; pulsation; impulse; beat; movement

  4. Pulse(verb)

    to beat, as the arteries; to move in pulses or beats; to pulsate; to throb

  5. Pulse(verb)

    to drive by a pulsation; to cause to pulsate


  1. Pulse

    In medicine, one's pulse represents the tactile arterial palpation of the heartbeat by trained fingertips. The pulse may be palpated in any place that allows an artery to be compressed against a bone, such as at the neck, at the wrist, behind the knee, on the inside of the elbow, and near the ankle joint. Pulse is equivalent to measuring the heart rate. The heart rate can also be measured by listening to the heart beat directly, traditionally using a stethoscope and counting it for a minute.

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Pulse

    The rhythmical expansion and contraction of an ARTERY produced by waves of pressure caused by the ejection of BLOOD from the left ventricle of the HEART as it contracts.


  1. Pulse

    Pulse is an elegant news reading application for iPhone, iPad and Android devices. It incorporates colorful panning story bars and fills them with content from your favorite sources. Pulse redefines news, giving you the opportunity to experience the news you desire from traditional sources, your favorite blogs and social networks all in one beautiful interface.Pulse is developed by Alphonso Labs.

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'PULSE' in Nouns Frequency: #2303

Anagrams of PULSE

  1. pules

  2. Lepus

Translations for PULSE

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


the regular beating of the heart, which can be checked by feeling the pumping action of the artery in the wrist

The doctor felt/took her pulse.

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