heartbeat

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n heartbeat an animating or vital unifying force "New York is the commercial heartbeat of America"
    • n heartbeat the rhythmic contraction and expansion of the arteries with each beat of the heart "he could feel the beat of her heart"
    • n heartbeat 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"
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The first known heart medicine was discovered in an English garden. In 1799, physician John Ferriar noted the effect of dried leaves of the common foxglove plant, digitalis purpurea, on heart action. Still used in heart medications, digitalis slows the pulse and increases the force of heart contractions and the amount of blood pumped per heartbeat.
    • n heartbeat A pulsation of the heart, including one complete systole and diastole, corresponding to that motion in the arteries called the pulse.
    • n heartbeat Hence Figuratively, a thought; an emotion, especially one that is tender or sad; a pang; a throb or throe of feeling.
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Idioms

In a heartbeat - If something happens very quickly or immediately, it happens in a heartbeat.
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Usage

In literature:

The stub of a tail was marking time to the canine heartbeats.
"Flamsted quarries" by Mary E. Waller
Here she sat, a tiny creature on the greatness of the moor, a mere heartbeat in a vast life.
"Moor Fires" by E. H. (Emily Hilda) Young
For a heartbeat, Stan regarded the fellow consideringly, then he shook his head.
"Alarm Clock" by Everett B. Cole
I couldn't find a heartbeat.
"The Highest Treason" by Randall Garrett
All but annihilated by terror in that heartbeat, she herself was the last thing she thought of.
"The Wit and Humor of America, Volume X (of X)" by Various
Even his heartbeat has to be controlled electronically.
"Anything You Can Do ..." by Gordon Randall Garrett
Their ebbing heartbeat seemed to almost echo in their breasts.
"Wanted--7 Fearless Engineers!" by Warner Van Lorne
In twenty heartbeats they were left behind.
"Wild Animals at Home" by Ernest Thompson Seton
He listened intently: he could hear his own heartbeats.
"Messengers of Evil" by Pierre Souvestre
For a month the writer listened to the heartbeat of nations as their representatives were gathered in the city of Paris.
"Birdseye Views of Far Lands" by James T. Nichols
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In poetry:

- Is it, I said, of east or west?
The heartbeat of a luminous boy
Who with his faltering flute confessed
Only the edges of his joy?
"The Orange Tree" by John Shaw Neilson
But the heartbeat now in the lips rose-red
Speaks life to the world, and the winds that parch
Bring April forth as a bride to wed
Mad March.
"Marzo Pazzo" by Algernon Charles Swinburne
Clear, distant, from
the breast of a tower
I can hear a bell's heartbeat,
and in its sweet echoes
it seems that my veins flow
with drops of silence.
"The Oak" by Lucian Blaga
Am I not measured by the Five-Year Plan?
Its falls and rises, aren't they also mine?
What shall I do, though, with my heartbeat, and
With things whose sluggishness boggles the mind?
"To Boris Pilnyak" by Boris Pasternak

In news:

49ers' Jim Harbaugh has procedure for irregular heartbeat .
49ers' Jim Harbaugh has irregular heartbeat .
San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh has 'minor procedure' for irregular heartbeat .
49ers' Harbaugh Undergoes Minor Procedue for Irregular Heartbeat .
SANTA CLARA, Calif (AP) — San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh was sent to the hospital Thursday for a "minor procedure" after doctors discovered he had an irregular heartbeat .
SANTA CLARA, Calif.— San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh was sent to the hospital Thursday for a "minor procedure" after doctors discovered he had an irregular heartbeat .
Tucson News NowJim Harbaugh has procedure for irregular heartbeat .
49ers' Jim Harbaugh hospitalized with irregular heartbeat .
Adam Schefter on San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh being sent to the hospital for a "minor procedure" after doctors discovered he had an irregular heartbeat .
Heartbeat' is a variety in Hines' Bahama Bay hibiscus series.
If LSU is going to kick the Honey Badger - one of its greatest players in history - it will surely dismiss anyone else in a heartbeat.
' As a result, not content with just breaking Michael Jackson's singles record, Perry is releasing ' Hummingbird Heartbeat' as t...
' As a result, not content with just breaking Michael Jackson's singles record, Perry is releasing 'Hummingbird Heartbeat' as t...
The former Argentine soccer star Diego Maradona was admitted to the intensive care unit of Cantegril Hospital in Punta del Este, Uruguay, yesterday because of high blood pressure and an irregular heartbeat.
Senate has no intention of passing 'Heartbeat Bill'.
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In science:

Unfortunately, Masry’s Conditions are not satisfied in the heartbeat time series example.
A nonparametric estimator of the spectral density of a continuous-time Gaussian process observed at random times
Heartbeats of several working people have been recorded during 24 hours (see an example in Fig. 2).
A nonparametric estimator of the spectral density of a continuous-time Gaussian process observed at random times
Actually, heartbeat is measured at frequency 100Hz.
A nonparametric estimator of the spectral density of a continuous-time Gaussian process observed at random times
Chamoux (Clermont-Ferrand Hospital) and the members of team UBIAE (INSERM and ´Evry G´enopole) for discussions on heartbeat and physiological signal processing.
A nonparametric estimator of the spectral density of a continuous-time Gaussian process observed at random times
The switches control the RF amplifier, SCA and readout, GPS units, Iridium modem, Trimble GPS, anemometer, heartbeat pulser, and the Ethernet media converters.
A prototype station for ARIANNA: a detector for cosmic neutrinos
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