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Meaning & Definition of Pulse in English

English

Pulse

/pəls/

noun

1. (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"
    synonym:
  • pulsation
  • ,
  • pulsing
  • ,
  • pulse
  • ,
  • impulse

2. The rhythmic contraction and expansion of the arteries with each beat of the heart

  • "He could feel the beat of her heart"
    synonym:
  • pulse
  • ,
  • pulsation
  • ,
  • heartbeat
  • ,
  • beat

3. The rate at which the heart beats

  • Usually measured to obtain a quick evaluation of a person's health
    synonym:
  • pulse
  • ,
  • pulse rate
  • ,
  • heart rate

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

    synonym:
  • pulse

verb

1. Expand and contract rhythmically

  • Beat rhythmically
  • "The baby's heart was pulsating again after the surgeon massaged it"
    synonym:
  • pulsate
  • ,
  • throb
  • ,
  • pulse

2. 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"
    synonym:
  • pulse
  • ,
  • pulsate

3. Drive by or as if by pulsation

  • "A soft breeze pulsed the air"
    synonym:
  • pulse

Examples of using

You check for a pulse, but find none.
The doctor took my pulse.
In the patient's body the pulse began beating again.