noun \ˈpəls\

Definition of PULSE

:  the edible seeds of various crops (as peas, beans, or lentils) of the legume family; also :  a plant yielding pulse

Origin of PULSE

Middle English puls, probably from Anglo-French puuiz gruel, from Latin pult-, puls, probably from Greek poltos
First Known Use: 13th century

Other Seed Plant Terms

aubergine, box, bramble, briar, composite, perpetual, trefoil

Rhymes with PULSE



Definition of PULSE

a :  the regular expansion of an artery caused by the ejection of blood into the arterial system by the contractions of the heart
b :  the palpable beat resulting from such pulse as detected in a superficial artery; also :  the number of individual beats in a specified time period (as one minute) <a resting pulse of 70>
a :  underlying sentiment or opinion or an indication of it
b :  vitality
a :  rhythmical beating, vibrating, or sounding
b :  beat, throb
a :  a transient variation of a quantity (as electric current or voltage) whose value is normally constant
b (1) :  an electromagnetic wave or modulation thereof of brief duration
(2) :  a brief disturbance of pressure in a medium; especially :  a sound wave or short train of sound waves
:  a dose of a substance especially when applied over a short period of time <pulses of intravenous methylprednisolone>

Origin of PULSE

Middle English puls, from Anglo-French, from Latin pulsus, literally, beating, from pellere to drive, push, beat — more at felt
First Known Use: 14th century



: to move with strong, regular beats

: to produce a strong, regular beat

: to be filled with activity or a feeling


Full Definition of PULSE

intransitive verb
:  to exhibit a pulse or pulsation :  throb
transitive verb
:  to drive by or as if by a pulsation
:  to cause to pulsate
a :  to produce or modulate (as electromagnetic waves) in the form of pulses <pulsed waves>
b :  to cause (an apparatus) to produce pulses
puls·er noun

Examples of PULSE

  1. He could feel the blood pulsing through his veins.
  2. Dance music pulsed from the speakers.
  3. The city pulses with life.

First Known Use of PULSE

15th century
PULSE Defined for Kids


noun \ˈpəls\

Definition of PULSE for Kids

:  a strong regular beating or throbbing <the rhythmic pulse of the music>
:  the beat resulting from the regular widening of an artery in the body as blood flows through it <Feel your wrist for a pulse.>
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