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HEARTBEAT

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does heartbeat mean? 

HEARTBEAT (noun)
  The noun HEARTBEAT has 3 senses:

1. the rhythmic contraction and expansion of the arteries with each beat of the heart
2. a very short time (as the time it takes the eye blink or the heart to beat)
3. an animating or vital unifying force

  Familiarity information: HEARTBEAT used as a noun is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


HEARTBEAT (noun)


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Meaning:

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

Classified under:

Nouns denoting natural events

Synonyms:

heartbeat; beat; pulse; pulsation

Context example:

he could feel the beat of her heart

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

periodic event; recurrent event (an event that recurs at intervals)

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

diastole (the widening of the chambers of the heart between two contractions when the chambers fill with blood)

systole (the contraction of the chambers of the heart (especially the ventricles) to drive blood into the aorta and pulmonary artery)

pounding; throb; throbbing (an instance of rapid strong pulsation (of the heart))


Sense 2heartbeat [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

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

Classified under:

Nouns denoting time and temporal relations

Synonyms:

twinkling; trice; split second; New York minute; jiffy; instant; wink; blink of an eye; heartbeat; flash

Context example:

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

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

bit; minute; moment; second (an indefinitely short time)


Sense 3heartbeat [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

An animating or vital unifying force

Classified under:

Nouns denoting attributes of people and objects

Context example:

New York is the commercial heartbeat of America

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

force (a powerful effect or influence)


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