Definitions for hearthɑrt

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  1. a muscular organ in vertebrates (four-chambered in mammals and birds, three-chambered in reptiles and amphibians, and two-chambered in fishes) that receives blood from the veins and pumps it through the arteries to oxygenate the blood during its circuit.

    Category: Anatomy

  2. any analogous contractile structure in invertebrate animals.

    Category: Zoology

  3. the center of the total personality, esp. with reference to intuition, feeling, or emotion:

    In your heart you know it's true.

  4. the center of emotion, esp. as contrasted to the head as the center of the intellect.

  5. capacity for sympathy; feeling; affection:

    His heart moved him to help the needy.

  6. spirit, courage, or enthusiasm:

    I don't have the heart to tell him; to lose heart.

  7. the innermost or central part of anything:

    in the heart of Paris.

  8. the vital or essential part; core:

    the heart of the matter.

  9. the breast or bosom.

  10. a person (used esp. in expressions of praise or affection):

    dear heart.

  11. a conventional shape with rounded sides meeting in a point at the bottom and curving inward to a cusp at the top.

  12. a red figure or pip of this shape on a playing card.

    Category: Games

  13. a card of the suit bearing such figures.

    Category: Games

  14. hearts, (used with a sing. or pl. v.) the suit so marked. (used with a sing. v.) a game in which the players try to take all the hearts or to avoid taking tricks containing any of them.

    Category: Games

  15. a strand running through the center of a rope, the other strands being laid around it.

    Category: Textiles

  16. (v.t.)Archaic. to fix in the heart. to encourage.

Idioms for heart:

  1. at heart,in reality; fundamentally; basically.

    Category: Idiom

  2. break someone's heart,to cause someone to be devastated by sorrow or disappointment.

    Category: Idiom

  3. by heart,entirely from memory.

    Category: Idiom

  4. eat one's heart out,to grieve inconsolably.

    Category: Idiom

  5. have a heart,to exhibit compassion and mercy.

    Category: Idiom

  6. have at heart,to have as a fundamental motive.

    Category: Idiom

  7. have one's heart in one's mouth,to be extremely anxious or fearful.

    Category: Idiom

  8. have one's heart in the right place,to be well-intentioned.

    Category: Idiom

  9. in one's heart of hearts,in one's private thoughts or feelings; deep within one.

    Category: Idiom

  10. lose one's heart to,to fall in love with.

    Category: Idiom

  11. near or close to one's heart,of great interest or concern to one.

    Category: Idiom

  12. set one's heart at rest,to dismiss one's anxieties.

    Category: Idiom

  13. set one's heart on, to wish for intensely; determine on. Also, have one's heart set on.

    Category: Idiom

  14. take to heart, to consider seriously. to grieve over.

    Category: Idiom

  15. take heart,to regain one's courage; become heartened.

    Category: Idiom

  16. wear one's heart on one's sleeve, to allow one's feelings, esp. of love, to show.

    Category: Idiom

Origin of heart:

bef. 900; ME herte, OE heorte, c. OS herta, OHG herza, ON hjarta, Go hairtō; akin to L cor (see cordial ), Gk kardía (see cardio -)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. heart, bosom(noun)

    the locus of feelings and intuitions

    "in your heart you know it is true"; "her story would melt your bosom"

  2. heart, pump, ticker(noun)

    the hollow muscular organ located behind the sternum and between the lungs; its rhythmic contractions move the blood through the body

    "he stood still, his heart thumping wildly"

  3. heart, mettle, nerve, spunk(noun)

    the courage to carry on

    "he kept fighting on pure spunk"; "you haven't got the heart for baseball"

  4. center, centre, middle, heart, eye(noun)

    an area that is approximately central within some larger region

    "it is in the center of town"; "they ran forward into the heart of the struggle"; "they were in the eye of the storm"

  5. kernel, substance, core, center, centre, essence, gist, heart, heart and soul, inwardness, marrow, meat, nub, pith, sum, nitty-gritty(noun)

    the choicest or most essential or most vital part of some idea or experience

    "the gist of the prosecutor's argument"; "the heart and soul of the Republican Party"; "the nub of the story"

  6. heart, spirit(noun)

    an inclination or tendency of a certain kind

    "he had a change of heart"

  7. heart(noun)

    a plane figure with rounded sides curving inward at the top and intersecting at the bottom; conventionally used on playing cards and valentines

    "he drew a heart and called it a valentine"

  8. heart(noun)

    a firm rather dry variety meat (usually beef or veal)

    "a five-pound beef heart will serve six"

  9. affection, affectionateness, fondness, tenderness, heart, warmness, warmheartedness, philia(noun)

    a positive feeling of liking

    "he had trouble expressing the affection he felt"; "the child won everyone's heart"; "the warmness of his welcome made us feel right at home"

  10. heart(noun)

    a playing card in the major suit that has one or more red hearts on it

    "he led the queen of hearts"; "hearts were trumps"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. heart(noun)ɑrt

    the organ in your body that pumps blood

    I could hear her heart beating.; He has a weak heart.

  2. heartɑrt

    a person's most basic or essential feelings or instincts

    a woman with a good heart; I knew in my heart that she was right.

  3. heartɑrt

    having a particular type of character

    a good-/cold-/tender-hearted person

  4. heartɑrt

    in the most essential way

    He has problems, but he's a good person at heart.

  5. heartɑrt

    indicates words are meant sincerely

    I want to express my gratitude from the bottom of my heart.

  6. heartɑrt

    the center or middle

    a city in the heart of wine country

  7. heartɑrt

    ♥ ) used to represent a heart

    She drew a heart.

  8. heartɑrt

    to learn or know sth without having to look at it

    She knew the poem by heart.

  9. heartɑrt

    indicates you feel sympathy for sb

    Our hearts go out to those who lost their homes.

  10. heartɑrt

    indicates sb means to do the right things, even if they do the wrong thing

    I know she's annoying sometimes, but her heart's in the right place.

  11. heartɑrt

    indicates sb does not feel enthusiasm

    She was trying, but her heart wasn't in it.

  12. heartɑrt

    indicates sb suddenly feels excited or scared

    I heard her voice, and my heart missed a beat.

  13. heartɑrt

    indicates sb begins to feel sad or disappointed

    His heart sank at the sight of the mess.

  14. heartɑrt

    to not do sth because it will upset sb

    I didn't have the heart to tell him his mother wasn't coming.

  15. heartɑrt

    to want sth very much

    The team has their heart set on winning.

  16. heartɑrt

    used to focus on sth positive in order to encourage sb

    Take heart - it'll all be over tomorrow.

  17. heartɑrt

    to be very upset by sth sb says about you

    She really took his criticism to heart.

  18. heartɑrt

    as much or as many times as you want

    Let them complain to their heart's content!

  19. heartɑrt


    I love her with all my heart.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Heart(noun)

    a hollow, muscular organ, which, by contracting rhythmically, keeps up the circulation of the blood

  2. Heart(noun)

    the seat of the affections or sensibilities, collectively or separately, as love, hate, joy, grief, courage, and the like; rarely, the seat of the understanding or will; -- usually in a good sense, when no epithet is expressed; the better or lovelier part of our nature; the spring of all our actions and purposes; the seat of moral life and character; the moral affections and character itself; the individual disposition and character; as, a good, tender, loving, bad, hard, or selfish heart

  3. Heart(noun)

    the nearest the middle or center; the part most hidden and within; the inmost or most essential part of any body or system; the source of life and motion in any organization; the chief or vital portion; the center of activity, or of energetic or efficient action; as, the heart of a country, of a tree, etc

  4. Heart(noun)

    courage; courageous purpose; spirit

  5. Heart(noun)

    vigorous and efficient activity; power of fertile production; condition of the soil, whether good or bad

  6. Heart(noun)

    that which resembles a heart in shape; especially, a roundish or oval figure or object having an obtuse point at one end, and at the other a corresponding indentation, -- used as a symbol or representative of the heart

  7. Heart(noun)

    one of a series of playing cards, distinguished by the figure or figures of a heart; as, hearts are trumps

  8. Heart(noun)

    vital part; secret meaning; real intention

  9. Heart(noun)

    a term of affectionate or kindly and familiar address

  10. Heart(verb)

    to give heart to; to hearten; to encourage; to inspirit

  11. Heart(verb)

    to form a compact center or heart; as, a hearting cabbage


  1. Heart

    Heart is an American rock band which first found success in Canada and later in the United States and worldwide. Over the group's four-decade history, the band has had three primary lineups, with the constant members being sisters lead singer Ann Wilson and guitarist Nancy Wilson. Heart rose to fame in the mid-1970s with music influenced by hard rock and heavy metal as well as folk music. Their popularity declined in the early 1980s, but the band enjoyed a comeback starting in 1985 and experienced even greater success with album oriented rock hits and hard rock ballads into the 1990s. With Jupiter's Darling, Red Velvet Car, and Fanatic, Heart made a return to their hard rock and acoustic folk roots. To date, Heart has sold over 30 million records worldwide, including over 22 million in album sales in the U.S. The group was ranked number 57 on VH1's "100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock". With Top 10 albums on the Billboard Album Chart in the 1970s, 1980s, 1990s, and 2010s, Heart is among the most commercially enduring hard rock bands in history. They were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2013.

The Roycroft Dictionary

  1. heart

    An organ in the human body whence comes the impulse to get divorced.

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Heart

    The hollow, muscular organ that maintains the circulation of the blood.

The Foolish Dictionary, by Gideon Wurdz

  1. HEART

    A bloody organ, kept in a trunk, played by beats, and enjoyed only after it is lost or given away.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'heart' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #693

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'heart' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1271

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'heart' in Nouns Frequency: #261

Translations for heart

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


the organ which pumps blood through the body

How fast does a person's heart beat?; (also adjective) heart disease; a heart specialist.

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