What does heartbeat mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. 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"

  2. blink of an eye, flash, heartbeat, instant, jiffy, split second, trice, twinkling, wink, New York minute(noun)

    a very short time (as the time it takes the eye to blink or the heart to beat)

    "if I had the chance I'd do it in a flash"

  3. heartbeat(noun)

    an animating or vital unifying force

    "New York is the commercial heartbeat of America"


  1. heartbeat(Noun)

    One pulsation of the heart; especially an irregular one, hence the emotion which causes it.

    Etymology: From heart + beat.

  2. heartbeat(Noun)

    The rhythm at which a heart pulsates, a cardiac indicator

    If your heartbeat doesn't normalize soon, consult a doctor!

    Etymology: From heart + beat.

  3. heartbeat(Noun)

    A driving impulse or vital force.

    Music is the heartbeat of the people.

    Etymology: From heart + beat.

  4. heartbeat(Noun)

    A very short space of time; an instant.

    The ambulance arrived in a heartbeat.

    Etymology: From heart + beat.

  5. heartbeat(Noun)

    A periodic signal generated by hardware or software to indicate normal operation or to synchronize other parts of a system.

    Etymology: From heart + beat.


  1. Heartbeat

    Heartbeat is a British police drama series set in 1960s Yorkshire and broadcast on ITV in 18 series between 1992 and 2010. It was made by ITV Studios at the Leeds Studios and on location. Heartbeat first aired on Friday 10 April 1992. The 372nd and final episode aired on Sunday 12 September 2010. Heartbeat proved popular from the beginning, when early series consistently drew over 10 million viewers. In its first year Heartbeat averaged 14.5 million viewers and was regularly in the top five TV programmes across all British channels. It even scored higher figures than the perennially popular soap opera Coronation Street. In 2001 Heartbeat came sixth in the UK TV ratings list with a peak audience of 13.82 million and it was sixth again in 2003 with 12.8 million viewers. In autumn 2008 typical viewing figures were around 6 million per episode. Originally conceived as a vehicle for Nick Berry, around whom early series were centred, the show has seen many characters come and go over the years. The final series starred Derek Fowlds, William Simons, Tricia Penrose, David Lonsdale, Peter Benson, Steven Blakeley, John Duttine, Gwen Taylor, Lisa Kay, Clare Wille, Joe McFadden, Rupert Ward-Lewis and Nikki Sanderson. Derek Fowlds and William Simons were the only main-cast actors who remained with the show over its entire 18-series run.

The New Hacker's Dictionary

  1. heartbeat

    1. The signal emitted by a Level 2 Ethernet transceiver at the end of every packet to show that the collision-detection circuit is still connected. 2. A periodic synchronization signal used by software or hardware, such as a bus clock or a periodic interrupt. 3. The ‘natural’ oscillation frequency of a computer's clock crystal, before frequency division down to the machine's clock rate. 4. A signal emitted at regular intervals by software to demonstrate that it is still alive. Sometimes hardware is designed to reboot the machine if it stops hearing a heartbeat. See also breath-of-life packet.


  1. Heartbeat

    Heartbeat Software Inc. provides enterprise marketing content management (MCM) and enterprise customer relationship management (CRM) solutions. The company focuses on presentation management, pitch book management, and Key Opinion Leader (KOL) management solutions. It offers KOL Database, a KOL management software that tracks KOL activity, KOL influence, KOL plans, and medical liaison interactions; and KOL communication Portals, a Web-based KOL facing portal for delivering presentations, documents, expenses, surveys, Webcasets, and other key data to KOLs. The company also provides Virtual Advisory Boards for conducting virtual advisory boards to interact with KOLs; Event Management that field sales people, brand managers, internal event managers, and external agencies; Presentation Management, a presentation management solution for medical affairs groups to manage various slide decks and other documents that are delivered to KOLs; and Heartbeat Presenter, an enterprise marketing and sales presentation management platform. In addition, it provides services, such as KOL identification and alerts, influence mapping, segmentation, planning, and surveying; and taxonomy and workflow consulting, template design, and inline integration. The company serves life sciences organizations, financial services industries, and sales forces. Heartbeat Software Inc. is based in New York, New York.

Editors Contribution

  1. heartbeat

    The rhythm of a heart.

    Her heartbeat obviously changes when she is on the treadmill.

    Submitted by MaryC on February 24, 2020  

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of heartbeat in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of heartbeat in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of heartbeat in a Sentence

  1. Betty Pina:

    I feel that I made all of the right decisions and I would do them again in a heartbeat.

  2. Caroline Steer:

    I always told her I would do the same for her in a heartbeat when she was running for me, so I started my own streak.

  3. Peter Dinklage:

    We literally walked through fire and ice for you, and I would do it all again in a heartbeat.

  4. Stephen Scott:

    Taelor and Sydni, I love you guys more than I will ever be able to express, you two are my heartbeat. I am standing on this stage here tonight because of you.

  5. Kyle Burgess:

    Oh definitely ! i had my phone in one hand and my other hand up in the air trying to look as big as I could. I'm not Kyle Burgess... so this cougar could take me down in a heartbeat.

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