• The Form of the Pulse
    The Form of the Pulse
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v pulse 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"
    • v pulse expand and contract rhythmically; beat rhythmically "The baby's heart was pulsating again after the surgeon massaged it"
    • v pulse drive by or as if by pulsation "A soft breeze pulsed the air"
    • n pulse the rhythmic contraction and expansion of the arteries with each beat of the heart "he could feel the beat of her heart"
    • n pulse (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"
    • n pulse edible seeds of various pod-bearing plants (peas or beans or lentils etc.)
    • n pulse the rate at which the heart beats; usually measured to obtain a quick evaluation of a person's health
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • 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.
    • Pulse Any measured or regular beat; any short, quick motion, regularly repeated, as of a medium in the transmission of light, sound, etc.; oscillation; vibration; pulsation; impulse; beat; movement. "The measured pulse of racing oars.""When the ear receives any simple sound, it is struck by a single pulse of the air, which makes the eardrum and the other membranous parts vibrate according to the nature and species of the stroke."
    • n Pulse Leguminous plants, or their seeds, as beans, pease, etc. "If all the world
      Should, in a pet of temperance, feed on pulse."
    • Pulse (Physiol) The beating or throbbing of the heart or blood vessels, especially of the arteries.
    • v. i Pulse To beat, as the arteries; to move in pulses or beats; to pulsate; to throb.
    • v. t Pulse To drive by a pulsation; to cause to pulsate.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The turtle has the lowest pulse rate of any animal: 13 beats per minute.
    • n pulse A beat; a stroke; especially, a measured, regular, or rhythmical beat; a short, quick motion regularly repeated, as in a medium of the transmission of light, sound, etc.; a pulsation; a vibration.
    • n pulse Specifically, in physiology, the series of rhythmically recurring maxima of fluid tension in any blood-vessel, consequent on the contractions of the heart. These may be perceived by palpation, and recorded by the sphygmograph, and often produce a visible effect in dilating the vessel, or causing a lateral movement of it. The pulse is for the most part confined to the arteries, but a venous pulse occurs (see below). There is one arterial pulse for each ventricular systole; but in disease a ventricular systole may be too feeble to produce a sensible pulsation in a distant artery, as at the wrist, or again each pulsation may be double. (See dicrotic pulse.) The features of the pulse are the times between successive pulsations, the maxima and minima of pressure, and the way in which the tension changes from maximum to minimum and to maximum again, represented in the form of the sphygmographic tracing. The normal pulse exhibits approximately equal and equidistant maxima, the rate being in adults between 70 and 80 (see pulse-rate); the rise of pressure is sharp, the fall slow with only a slight dicrotic wave; the extent of change (amplitude) is not excessive; and the tension of the blood in the vessel is neither too high nor too low. As taken with Basch's sphygonomanometer, the radial (maximum) tension in health usually lies between 135 and 165 millimeters mercury.
    • n pulse In music, same as beat or accent.
    • n pulse Figuratively, feeling; sentiment; general opinion, drift, tendency, or movement, private or public: as, the pulse of an occasion; the pulse of the community.
    • n pulse A frequent pulse.
    • n pulse An infrequent pulse.
    • pulse To drive.
    • pulse To drive by a pulsation of the heart.
    • pulse To beat, as the arteries or heart.
    • n pulse The esculent seeds of leguminous plants cultivated as field or garden crops, as peas, beans, lentils, etc.
    • n pulse One of the plants producing pulse.
    • n pulse In physical, a proposed unit for the measurement of the time-integral of forces.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: When you put a seashell to your ear, the sound you hear is not the waves, but actually the echo of the blood pulsing in your own ear.
    • n Pulse puls a beating or throbbing: a measured beat or throb: a vibration: the beating of the heart and the arteries:
    • v.i Pulse to beat, as the heart: to throb
    • n Pulse puls grain or seed of beans, pease, &c
    • n Pulse puls (fig.) feeling, sentiment
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  • Adam Smith
    “Happiness never lays its finger on its pulse.”
  • Robert Green Ingersoll
    “Anger blows out the lamp of the mind. In the examination of a great and important question, everyone should be serene, slow-pulsed and calm.”
  • Manton
    “Desires are the pulses of the soul; as physicians judge by the appetite, so may you by desires.”
  • Laurence Sterne
    “There are worse occupations in this world than feeling a woman's pulse.”
  • Sophocles
    “The long unmeasured pulse of time moves everything. There is nothing hidden that it cannot bring to light, nothing once known that may not become unknown.”
  • Halen
    “Two souls and one thought, two hearts and one pulse.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. pous, OF. pous, F. pouls, fr. L. pulsus,sc. venarum,), the beating of the pulse, the pulse, from pellere, pulsum, to beat, strike; cf. Gr. to swing, shake, to shake. Cf. Appeal Compel Impel Push
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. pouls—L. pulsuspellĕre, pulsum.


In literature:

The pulses in temples and throat were beating heavily, and there was a mist before his eyes.
"The Border Watch" by Joseph A. Altsheler
An irrepressible vivacity and sense of freedom pulsed through her body.
"The Goose Man" by Jacob Wassermann
The pulse remained of the same power.
"Fasting Girls" by William Alexander Hammond
However the pulse may be in the beginning, it very soon becomes small, but continues to be frequent.
"An Epitome of Homeopathic Healing Art" by B. L. Hill
She, too, trembled and her pulse beat rapidly.
"That Lass O' Lowrie's" by Frances Hodgson Burnett
Ruth felt a pulse of trepidation as they sauntered close to the wagon.
"The Range Boss" by Charles Alden Seltzer
Joan came to her feet with pounding pulses.
"The Branding Iron" by Katharine Newlin Burt
I looked at the thing in disgust and then felt my pulse.
"Happy Days" by Alan Alexander Milne
Her glorious eyes had regained all their softness, and her pulse beat more regularly.
"The Son of Monte Christo" by Jules Lermina
It needed the grace of Heaven, that I might feel her pulse!
"Casa Braccio, Volumes 1 and 2 (of 2)" by F. Marion Crawford

In poetry:

I hear the voices of singers,
Whose songs stir the pulses of men;
They stand on their mountains of vision,
Each answers each other again.
"The Voices Of Singers" by Alexander Anderson
He sigh'd; perchance he felt the thrill,
The answ'ring pulse to Fame's high call;
But answer made his steadfast will--
"I will not be thy thrall!"
""In Exchange For His Soul!"" by Isabella Valancy Crawford
Young forms—with their pulses stifled,
Young heads—with eldered brain,
Young hearts—of their spirit rifled,
Young lives—sacrificed in vain:
"The Factory Town" by Ernest Jones
This is to-day; and I have no thing
To think of-- nothing whatever to do
But to hear the throb of the pulse of a wing
That wants to fly back to you.
"The Dead Lover" by James Whitcomb Riley
A single sound I heard all night
Pulse through the stillness like a sob:
I heard the weary changeless throb
Of dead damned hearts the silence smite.
"A Dream Of Hell" by Thomas MacDonagh
Scenes where Love and transport dwelling,
Spread their sun-shine round my heart ;
Now each pulse with anguish swelling,
Sadly tells that we must part.
"The Lover's Departure" by Laura Sophia Temple

In news:

PULSE COUNTERS ARE usually used just for measuring pulses.
Rainbows gorging, silvers pulsing .
He was thinking of how to slow his pulse rate.
Terason Quickens the Pulse of Vascular Ultrasound with New Portable System.
HeartShare's Pulse Quickens For Kiwanians.
Put the radishes in the bowl of a food processor and pulse until the radish is chopped into very fine dice, four or five (3-second) pulses.
You'll notice a few changes tonight at the Square Room's monthly series of live broadcast roots-music concerts hosted by Scott Miller and Metro Pulse's Jack Neely.
That's according to the most recent independent survey conducted by Pulse Research.
More than 2,000 people responded to Pulse's just-released, fourth-quarter 2010 survey, which was aimed at understanding consumer buying habits.
If you want to get a finger on the pulse of the Oklahoma defense, talk to tackle Gerald McCoy.
Press Releases Business Continuity Pulse Check.
A Hybrid 18-Pulse Rectification Scheme for Diode Front End Variable Frequency Drives.
The old center couldn't respond, but his racing pulse gave him his answer.
A recent Farm Journal Pulse survey on seed-corn purchasing underscores that activity: 85% of respondents say they plan to complete their purchases by the end of this year.
Anyone who doesn't enjoy Skerik's Syncopated Taint Septet probably lacks a pulse.

In science:

The initial t2 behavior was chosen so that both the test pulse and its first derivative vanish at t = 0, as might be expected for a pulse from a developing shower.
Extensive Air Shower Radio Detection: Recent Results and Outlook
An alternative approach to composite pulses, developed by Tycko , seeks to design general rotors, that is pulses which perform well for any initial starting state.
A Simple and Convenient Measure of NMR Rotor Fidelity
We define the pulse function S (t) = −1 for tI < t < tII , S (t) = 0 for tII < t < tIII and S (t) = 1 when tIII < t < tIV , the shape of this pulse is shown in the first line of Table 1.
Photon Counting Statistics for Single Molecule Spectroscopy
We find that, for certain pulse-amplitude distribution power laws and time series lengths, single-pulse searches can be superior.
Searches for Giant Pulses from Extragalactic Pulsars
We note that the relative sensitivites of single-pulse and periodicity searches will depend on the extent and nature of radio frequency interference (RFI), with single-pulse searches being more affected by bursty, aperiodic RFI.
Searches for Giant Pulses from Extragalactic Pulsars