heartbeat

noun
heart·​beat | \ ˈhärt-ˌbēt How to pronounce heartbeat (audio) \

Definition of heartbeat

1 : one complete pulsation of the heart
2 : the vital center or driving impulse
3 : a brief space of time : flash used chiefly in the phrase in a heartbeat

Examples of heartbeat in a Sentence

The patient had a rapid heartbeat. I'd accept a job offer from that company in a heartbeat.
Recent Examples on the Web The bill goes a step further than Texas's law by banning all abortions rather than only those after a fetal heartbeat is detected. Jessie Balmert, The Enquirer, 2 Nov. 2021 The Texas law known as S.B. 8 would ban most abortions at about six weeks, when a fetal heartbeat may be detected. Bill Mears, Fox News, 1 Nov. 2021 The Texas Heartbeat Act, known also as Senate Bill 8, authorizes private lawsuits against doctors who perform abortions after a fetal heartbeat can be detected, usually at about six weeks. Los Angeles Times, 22 Oct. 2021 The bills seek to ban the procedure after a fetal heartbeat can first be detected. Sophie Reardon, CBS News, 9 Oct. 2021 Texas' law, which took effect Sept. 1, bans abortions once a fetal heartbeat is detected, which is usually around six weeks of pregnancy. Laura L. Davis, USA TODAY, 7 Oct. 2021 The new law that came into effect in September outlaws most abortions once a fetal heartbeat can be detected, which is usually around six weeks into a pregnancy. Washington Post, 27 Sep. 2021 The Texas law states that abortions will be banned at six weeks’ gestation or when a fetal heartbeat is detected. Nicole Stock, chicagotribune.com, 23 Sep. 2021 Could anyone who donates to an organization that helps fund abortions after the heartbeat is detected be sued? Dallas News, 9 Sep. 2021

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First Known Use of heartbeat

1850, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of heartbeat was in 1850

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27 Nov 2021

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“Heartbeat.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/heartbeat. Accessed 29 Nov. 2021.

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More Definitions for heartbeat

heartbeat

noun

English Language Learners Definition of heartbeat

: the action or sound of the heart as it pumps blood

heartbeat

noun
heart·​beat | \ ˈhärt-ˌbēt How to pronounce heartbeat (audio) \

Kids Definition of heartbeat

: a single contracting and expanding of the heart

heartbeat

noun
heart·​beat | \ ˈhärt-ˌbēt How to pronounce heartbeat (audio) \

Medical Definition of heartbeat

: one complete pulsation of the heart

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