Quantcast
Merriam-Webster Logo
  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
  • Medical
  • Scrabble
  • Spanish Central
  • Learner's Dictionary
1

pulse

play
noun \ˈpəls\

Definition of pulse

  1. :  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

Rhymes with pulse


2

pulse

noun

Definition of pulse

  1. 1 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>

  2. 2 a :  underlying sentiment or opinion or an indication of it b :  vitality

  3. 3 a :  rhythmical beating, vibrating, or sounding b :  beat, throb

  4. 4 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

  5. 5 :  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


3

pulse

verb

Simple Definition of pulse

  • : to move with strong, regular beats

  • : to produce a strong, regular beat

  • : to be filled with activity or a feeling

Full Definition of pulse

pulsedpuls·ing

  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  to exhibit a pulse or pulsation :  throb

  3. transitive verb
  4. 1 :  to drive by or as if by a pulsation

  5. 2 :  to cause to pulsate

  6. 3 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.



15th Century

First Known Use of pulse

15th century




Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up pulse? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

February 13, 2016

a trying or distressing experience

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

image33683556

How much does a batman (the Turkish unit of measurement) weigh?

16.96 pounds 2.2 pounds 196.5 pounds 100 pounds
Name That Thing

10 quick questions: hear them, spell them, and see how your skills compare to the crowd.

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ