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HEART

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does heart mean? 

HEART (noun)
  The noun HEART has 10 senses:

1. the locus of feelings and intuitions
2. the hollow muscular organ located behind the sternum and between the lungs; its rhythmic contractions move the blood through the body
3. the courage to carry on
4. an area that is approximately central within some larger region
5. the choicest or most essential or most vital part of some idea or experience
6. an inclination or tendency of a certain kind
7. a plane figure with rounded sides curving inward at the top and intersecting at the bottom; conventionally used on playing cards and valentines
8. a firm rather dry variety meat (usually beef or veal)
9. a positive feeling of liking
10. a playing card in the major suit that has one or more red hearts on it

  Familiarity information: HEART used as a noun is familiar.


 Dictionary entry details 


HEART (noun)


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Meaning:

The locus of feelings and intuitions

Classified under:

Nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents

Synonyms:

heart; bosom

Context examples:

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

Hypernyms ("heart" is a kind of...):

hunch; intuition; suspicion (an impression that something might be the case)


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Meaning:

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

Classified under:

Nouns denoting body parts

Synonyms:

ticker; heart; pump

Context example:

he stood still, his heart thumping wildly

Hypernyms ("heart" is a kind of...):

internal organ; viscus (a main organ that is situated inside the body)

Meronyms (parts of "heart"):

valve (a structure in a hollow organ (like the heart) with a flap to insure one-way flow of fluid through it)

cardiac valve; heart valve (a valve to control one-way flow of blood)

cardiac muscle; heart muscle (the muscle tissue of the heart; adapted to continued rhythmic contraction)

arteria coronaria; coronary artery (the artery that branches from the aorta to supply blood to the heart)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "heart"):

athlete's heart (enlarged heart commonly found among athletes trained for endurance)

biauriculate heart (a heart (as of mammals and birds and reptiles) having two auricles)

Holonyms ("heart" is a part of...):

cardiovascular system; circulatory system (the organs and tissues involved in circulating blood and lymph through the body)


Sense 3heart [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The courage to carry on

Classified under:

Nouns denoting attributes of people and objects

Synonyms:

mettle; spunk; nerve; heart

Context examples:

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

Hypernyms ("heart" is a kind of...):

braveness; bravery; courage; courageousness (a quality of spirit that enables you to face danger or pain without showing fear)


Sense 4heart [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

An area that is approximately central within some larger region

Classified under:

Nouns denoting spatial position

Synonyms:

center; middle; centre; eye; heart

Context examples:

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

Hypernyms ("heart" is a kind of...):

area; country (a particular geographical region of indefinite boundary (usually serving some special purpose or distinguished by its people or culture or geography))

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "heart"):

seat (a center of authority (as a city from which authority is exercised))

midfield ((sports) the middle part of a playing field (as in football or lacrosse))

medical center (the part of a city where medical facilities are centered)

inner city (the older and more populated and (usually) poorer central section of a city)

hub (a center of activity or interest or commerce or transportation; a focal point around which events revolve)

financial center (the part of a city where financial institutions are centered)

storm center; storm centre (the central area or place of lowest barometric pressure within a storm)

central city; city center; city centre (the central part of a city)

center stage; centre stage (the central area on a theater stage)

midstream (the middle of a stream)

Instance hyponyms:

City of London; the City (the part of London situated within the ancient boundaries; the commercial and financial center of London)


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Meaning:

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

Classified under:

Nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents

Synonyms:

inwardness; heart and soul; nitty-gritty; essence; gist; pith; substance; kernel; nub; meat; sum; core; marrow; center; heart

Context examples:

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

Hypernyms ("heart" is a kind of...):

cognitive content; content; mental object (the sum or range of what has been perceived, discovered, or learned)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "heart"):

stuff (a critically important or characteristic component)

quintessence (the purest and most concentrated essence of something)

haecceity; quiddity (the essence that makes something the kind of thing it is and makes it different from any other)

hypostasis ((metaphysics) essential nature or underlying reality)

bare bones ((plural) the most basic facts or elements)


Sense 6heart [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

An inclination or tendency of a certain kind

Classified under:

Nouns denoting attributes of people and objects

Synonyms:

heart; spirit

Context example:

he had a change of heart

Hypernyms ("heart" is a kind of...):

disposition; temperament (your usual mood)


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Meaning:

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

Classified under:

Nouns denoting two and three dimensional shapes

Context example:

he drew a heart and called it a valentine

Hypernyms ("heart" is a kind of...):

plane figure; two-dimensional figure (a two-dimensional shape)


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Meaning:

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

Classified under:

Nouns denoting foods and drinks

Context example:

a five-pound beef heart will serve six

Hypernyms ("heart" is a kind of...):

organs; variety meat (edible viscera of a butchered animal)


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Meaning:

A positive feeling of liking

Classified under:

Nouns denoting feelings and emotions

Synonyms:

philia; warmness; affectionateness; affection; fondness; warmheartedness; tenderness; heart

Context examples:

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

Hypernyms ("heart" is a kind of...):

feeling (the experiencing of affective and emotional states)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "heart"):

soft spot (a sentimental affection)

regard; respect (a feeling of friendship and esteem)

protectiveness (a feeling of protective affection)

attachment; fond regard (a feeling of affection for a person or an institution)


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Meaning:

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

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Context examples:

he led the queen of hearts / hearts were trumps

Hypernyms ("heart" is a kind of...):

playing card (one of a pack of cards that are used to play card games)

Holonyms ("heart" is a member of...):

major suit ((bridge) a suit of superior scoring value, either spades or hearts)


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