• Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Heart-beat a pulsation of the heart: a throb of emotion, a thought
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  • Robert Holden
    Robert Holden
    “Laughter is the best way to make somebody's heart beat.”
  • Richard Crawshaw
    Richard Crawshaw
    “Love touched her heart, and lo! It beats high, and burns with such brave hearts.”
  • Orison Swett Marden
    “What power can poverty have over a home where loving hearts are beating with a consciousness of untold riches of the head and heart?”
  • Fredrich Halm
    Fredrich Halm
    “Two souls with but a single thought, Two hearts that beat as one.”
  • Sir Philip Sidney
    “Thus, with child to speak, and helpless in my throes, biting my truant pen, beating myself for spite: Fool! said my muse to me, look in thy heart, and write.”


Heart misses a beat - If your heart misses a beat, you are suddenly shocked or surprised. ('Heart skips a beat' is an alternative)


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. heorte; Dut. hart, Ger. herz; cog. with L. cor, cordis, Gr. kardia.


In literature:

For a minute my heart ceased to beat; then it seemed as though my bosom were not large enough to contain it.
"Roger Trewinion" by Joseph Hocking
Her heart beat with numerical accuracy, but there was no strength in the beats.
"The Goose Man" by Jacob Wassermann
He no longer saw the red mist, and his heart ceased to beat like a hammer.
"The Keepers of the Trail" by Joseph A. Altsheler
Three hours later he came out on the river's edge with a heart beating high with hope.
"The Woman from Outside" by Hulbert Footner
I can feel my heart beating again.
"Fifty-Two Stories For Girls" by Various
Her heart beat irregularly, and then seemed to stop, and then beat with unnatural force again.
"Tongues of Conscience" by Robert Smythe Hichens
But for the heart-beats, it seemed to him that there was an appalling stillness in the air of the quiet room.
"Casa Braccio, Volumes 1 and 2 (of 2)" by F. Marion Crawford
His heart beat violently as he heard footsteps approach the window.
"The Hero of Garside School" by J. Harwood Panting
The tithingman's heart beat high, but his resolution did not falter.
"True to His Home" by Hezekiah Butterworth
The man smiled, though it was evident to Hetty, whose heart beat fast, that it was only by an effort he retained his self-control.
"The Cattle-Baron's Daughter" by Harold Bindloss

In poetry:

Give me thy peace.
My heart is aching with unquietness:
Oh, make its inharmonious beating cease!
Thy hand upon it press.
"An Evening Prayer" by George MacDonald
Under her robe her heart's a-beat,
Her maiden pulses stir,
At sound of marching in the street,
To think they die for her!
"The Convent Garden" by Katharine Tynan
"No! that heart so kind and true,
Still it beats for me;
Rosalind, thou lov'st me still—
Can Death my rival be?"
"Love's Incredulity" by Peter John Allan
I said, Heaven bless her, in my heart,
She had no thought for me;
I turned away and left them there
Beside the beating sea.
"The Knight Of Normandy" by Marietta Holley
O Heart of Three-in-the evening,
Mine beats with thine to-day;
Thou tellest the olden story,
I kneel -- and I weep and pray.
"Good Friday" by Abram Joseph Ryan
Then beat her heart--and heav'd her breast--
And pleaded ev'ry sense;
Remorseless the seducer prest,
To blast her innocence.
"The Lass Of Fair Wone" by Charlotte Dacre

In news:

"The Court House is the heart beat of our County," said Kermit Racey, Sr. A native of Shenandoah County.
The xx heart skipped a beat.
Deborah Atkinson listens to her husband's heart beating inside Dennis Harwood's body.
My heart beats when I'm asleep or unconscious.
Montes' 20, Gibson 's 14 off the bench help Sacred Heart rally and beat Stony Brook 64-62.
Is your heart beating too rapidly.
How fast is your heart beating while at rest.
Where the Heart Beats,' John Cage Biography, by Kay Larson.
Baby, does your heart beat like a small, one-handed stripper's leg one minute after winning a lottery.
Carly Rae Jepsen's "Call Me Maybe" set to heart beat for Music Hack Day at MIT .
Young Hearts Beat Wild In ' Moonrise Kingdom'.
MURRAY, Utah (ABC4 News) – Danny Berger touched many people's hearts long before his temporarily stopped beating.
Inside many a lawyer beats the heart of a frustrated rock singer or a novelist.
Come to find out, a heart beats somewhere inside those plush.
Weekend Work-Outing -- the Healthy Heart Beat.

In science:

A great variety of periodic processes, ranging from reoccurrence of economic crisis to beating of the human heart, takes place in such a way that external energy is supplied to the system over a part of the period and dissipated within the system in another part of the period.
One-way coupled Van der Pol system
The idea of linking the healthy heart rate to a fractal behaviour is based on , the ill dynamics presenting a regular inter-beat interval, a re-entrant spiral wave is observable at the very last beat of the stopping the heart together with ventricular fibrillation .
Complex dynamics of the biological rhythms: gallbladder and heart cases
Measures based on nonlinear dynamics ((cid:147)point correlation dimension(cid:148) P2Di) are also reported to be able to discriminate, using heart beat data, patients with high risk for ventricular fibrillation (VF) among cardiac patients.
Review of Nonlinear Methods and Modelling
It has now become one of the basic methods for analysing heart beat sequences (Peng et al. 2000; M(cid:228)kikallio 1998) and long range correlations in general.
Review of Nonlinear Methods and Modelling
Studying heart beat time series it was also found that for τ > 6 the healthy individuals showed higher entropy than subjects with atrial fibrillation (AF) and subjects with congestive heart failure (CHF).
Review of Nonlinear Methods and Modelling