What does Heart mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. heart, bosomnoun

    the locus of feelings and intuitions

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

  2. heart, pump, tickernoun

    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, spunknoun

    the courage to carry on

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

  4. center, centre, middle, heart, eyenoun

    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-grittynoun

    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, spiritnoun

    an inclination or tendency of a certain kind

    "he had a change of heart"

  7. heartnoun

    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. heartnoun

    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, philianoun

    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. heartnoun

    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"


  1. Heart

    The heart is a muscular organ in most animals, which pumps blood through the blood vessels of the circulatory system. Blood provides the body with oxygen and nutrients, as well as assisting in the removal of metabolic wastes. In humans, the heart is located between the lungs, in the middle compartment of the chest.In humans, other mammals, and birds, the heart is divided into four chambers: upper left and right atria and lower left and right ventricles. Commonly the right atrium and ventricle are referred together as the right heart and their left counterparts as the left heart. Fish, in contrast, have two chambers, an atrium and a ventricle, while reptiles have three chambers. In a healthy heart blood flows one way through the heart due to heart valves, which prevent backflow. The heart is enclosed in a protective sac, the pericardium, which also contains a small amount of fluid. The wall of the heart is made up of three layers: epicardium, myocardium, and endocardium.The heart pumps blood with a rhythm determined by a group of pacemaking cells in the sinoatrial node. These generate a current that causes contraction of the heart, traveling through the atrioventricular node and along the conduction system of the heart. The heart receives blood low in oxygen from the systemic circulation, which enters the right atrium from the superior and inferior venae cavae and passes to the right ventricle. From here it is pumped into the pulmonary circulation, through the lungs where it receives oxygen and gives off carbon dioxide. Oxygenated blood then returns to the left atrium, passes through the left ventricle and is pumped out through the aorta to the systemic circulation−where the oxygen is used and metabolized to carbon dioxide. The heart beats at a resting rate close to 72 beats per minute. Exercise temporarily increases the rate, but lowers resting heart rate in the long term, and is good for heart health.Cardiovascular diseases (CVD) are the most common cause of death globally as of 2008, accounting for 30% of deaths. Of these more than three quarters are a result of coronary artery disease and stroke. Risk factors include: smoking, being overweight, little exercise, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and poorly controlled diabetes, among others. Cardiovascular diseases frequently do not have symptoms or may cause chest pain or shortness of breath. Diagnosis of heart disease is often done by the taking of a medical history, listening to the heart-sounds with a stethoscope, ECG, and ultrasound. Specialists who focus on diseases of the heart are called cardiologists, although many specialties of medicine may be involved in treatment.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Heartnoun

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

  2. Heartnoun

    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. Heartnoun

    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. Heartnoun

    courage; courageous purpose; spirit

  5. Heartnoun

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

  6. Heartnoun

    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. Heartnoun

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

  8. Heartnoun

    vital part; secret meaning; real intention

  9. Heartnoun

    a term of affectionate or kindly and familiar address

  10. Heartverb

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

  11. Heartverb

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

  12. Etymology: [OE. harte, herte, heorte, AS. heorte; akin to OS. herta, OFies. hirte, D. hart, OHG. herza, G. herz, Icel. hjarta, Sw. hjerta, Goth. hart, Lith. szirdis, Russ. serdtse, Ir. cridhe, L. cor, Gr. kardi`a, kh^r. 277. Cf. Accord, Discord, Cordial, 4th Core, Courage.]


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Heart

    härt, n. the organ in animal systems that circulates the blood: the vital, inner, or chief part of anything: the seat of the affections, &c., esp. love: the affections: courage: vigour: secret meaning or design: that which resembles a heart: a person, esp. as implying courage or affectionateness—a term of endearment or encouragement: anything heart-shaped, esp. that one of the four suits in a pack of cards bearing a heart in red.—v.t. to encourage, hearten.—v.i. to form a compact head, as a plant.—ns. Heart′ache, sorrow: anguish; Heart′-beat, a pulsation of the heart: a throb of emotion, a thought; Heart′-blood, blood of the heart: life, essence; Heart′-bond, in masonry, a bond in which one header overlaps two others; Heart′-break, a sorrow or grief.—v.t. to break the heart of.—n. Heart′-break′er, a flirt: a curl, love-lock.—adjs. Heart′-break′ing, crushing with grief or sorrow; Heart′-brok′en, intensely afflicted or grieved.—ns. Heart′burn, a burning, acrid feeling, said to be due to the irritation of the upper end of the stomach by the fumes of its acrid contents: cardialgia: Heart′burning, discontent: secret enmity.—adj. Heart′-dear (Shak.), dear to the heart, sincerely beloved.—n. Heart′-disease′, any morbid condition of the heart, whether of the various tissues composing it, or of the nervous arrangements governing it.—adjs. Heart′-eas′ing, giving peace to the mind; Heart′ed, having a heart of a specified kind (hard-hearted, &c.): seated or fixed in the heart, laid up in the heart.—v.t. Heart′en, to encourage, stimulate: to add strength to.—adjs. Heart′-felt, felt deeply: sincere; Heart′free, having the affections free or disengaged.—ns. Heart′-grief, grief or affliction of the heart; Heart′-heav′iness, depression of spirits.—adv. Heart′ily, in a hearty manner: cordially: eagerly.—n. Heart′iness, the state or quality of being hearty.—adj. Heart′prime;less, without heart, courage, or feeling.—adv. Heart′lessly.—ns. Heart′lessness; Heart′let, a little heart.—interj. Heart′ling (Shak.), little heart, used in a minced oath.—n. Heart′-quake, trembling, fear.—adjs. Heart′-rend′ing, deeply afflictive: agonising; Heart′-rob′bing (Spens.), stealing the affections: blissful.—ns. Heart′-rot, a disease producing decay in the hearts of trees, caused by the mycelia of various fungi; Heart's′-ease, a common name for the pansy, a species of violet, an infusion of which was once thou

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.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. heart

    A block of wood forming a peculiar sort of triangular dead-eye, somewhat resembling the shape of a heart; it is furnished with only one large hole in the middle, grooved for the rope instead of the three holes. It is principally used to the stays, as the dead-eyes are to the shrouds. (See DEAD-EYE.)

Editors Contribution

  1. heart

    A type of organ.

    The heart has the amazing ability to feel intiuitvely.

    Submitted by MaryC on December 28, 2019  

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  1. Heart

    the dorsal vessel or tubular structure divided into chambers, lying just beneath the dorsal, which serves to propel the blood and controls the circulation.

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

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Heart in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Heart in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of Heart in a Sentence

  1. Peter Kistler:

    We found coffee drinking had either a neutral effect—meaning that it did no harm—or was associated with benefits to heart health.

  2. Mike Lindell:

    I just believed in Lara Trump so much after that meeting with Lara Trump... Lara Trump has a heart that cares. And maybe people don't see that out there when Lara Trump's on TV and stuff, because Lara Trump's such a fighter and wants to win and wants to help this country so bad and help people.

  3. Victor Hugo:

    For the heart, too, has its hunger.

  4. Francis Faber:

    Rudy Vallee, conductor of the Connecticut Yankees dance orchestra if the 1930's was heart to sing; "My Time is Your Time

  5. Edward Bulwer-Lytton:

    Destiny is but a phrase of the weak human heart - the dark apology for every error. The strong and virtuous admit no destiny. On earth conscience guides; in heaven God watches. And destiny is but the phantom we invoke to silence the one and dethrone the other.

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