heart

noun
\ ˈhärt How to pronounce heart (audio) \

Definition of heart

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1a : a hollow muscular organ of vertebrate animals that by its rhythmic contraction acts as a force pump maintaining the circulation of the blood could feel her heart pounding
b : a structure in an invertebrate animal functionally analogous to the vertebrate heart
c : breast, bosom placed his hand on his heart
d : something resembling a heart in shape specifically : a stylized representation of a heart a card decorated with hearts and flowers
2a : a playing card marked with a stylized figure of a red heart
b hearts plural : the suit comprising cards marked with hearts the five of hearts
c hearts plural in form but singular or plural in construction : a game in which the object is to avoid taking tricks (see trick entry 1 sense 4) containing hearts
3a : personality, disposition a cold heart
b obsolete : intellect
4 : the emotional or moral nature as distinguished from the intellectual nature: such as
a : generous disposition : compassion a leader with heart
b : love, affection won her heart
c : courage or enthusiasm especially when maintained during a difficult situation never lost heart
5 : one's innermost character, feelings, or inclinations knew it in his heart a man after my own heart
6a : the central or innermost part : center a cabin in the heart of the forest
b : the essential or most vital part of something the heart of the city get to the heart of the matter
c : the younger central compact part of a leafy rosette (such as a head of lettuce or stalk of celery)
at heart
: in essence : basically, essentially a romantic at heart
by heart
: by rote or from memory knows the poem by heart
to heart
: with deep concern took the criticism to heart

heart

verb
hearted; hearting; hearts

Definition of heart (Entry 2 of 3)

transitive verb

1 informal
a : love entry 2 Jane hearts John. I loathe beer. But I heart beer commercials …— Rochell D. Thomas
b : to like (see like entry 1 sense 4) an online post, comment, etc., especially by clicking or tapping a heart-shaped symbol The tweet still hits home so much, not just for us, but for the 2.6 million that hearted her tweet too.The Edge (Auckland, New Zealand)
2 archaic : hearten
3 archaic : to fix in the heart

Heart

geographical name
\ ˈhärt How to pronounce Heart (audio) \

Definition of Heart (Entry 3 of 3)

river in southwestern North Dakota flowing 200 miles (320 kilometers) east into the Missouri River opposite Bismarck

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Noun

heart 1a: 1 aorta, 2 pulmonary artery, 3 left atrium, 4 left ventricle, 5 right ventricle, 6 right atrium

In the meaning defined above

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Examples of heart in a Sentence

Noun I could feel my heart pounding. He has a bad heart. He put his hand on his heart. When she heard the news, her heart filled with joy. She just couldn't find it in her heart to forgive them. I felt in my heart that our relationship was never meant to be. a ruler without a heart Have a heart! Can't you see he needs help?
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Until now, the MDX has lived in the heart of the segment with the Lexus RX, Infiniti QX60, Cadillac XT6, and the soon to be introduced Genesis GV80. Scott Oldham, Car and Driver, "2022 Acura MDX Will Have More Performance, Luxury, and Style," 14 Oct. 2020 The heart of Biden's attack on Trump was that the president remained indifferent to 215,000 American deaths from the pandemic. Bart Jansen, USA TODAY, "'He thinks he’s still on his game show.' Biden hits Trump on virus as he courts older voters in Florida," 13 Oct. 2020 The heart of the men's disagreement was reportedly about the role Prince William and Prince Harry, then 15 and 12, respectively, should play in the funeral. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Prince Charles Reportedly Made "Offensive" Comments About Princess Diana to Her Brother After Her Death," 10 Oct. 2020 The heart of the operation is the in-house stone mills, which harken back to ancient techniques and make the bakery unique in the region. Ian Mcnulty | Staff Writer, NOLA.com, "Bites in Brief: Ruby Slipper offers grants to others in the business, Bellegarde Bakery returns," 7 Oct. 2020 My heart is to enable you to achieve all of your wildest dreams! Abby Gardner, Glamour, "Why Hailey Bieber Refused to Kiss Justin Bieber in Public for So Long," 6 Oct. 2020 Trump’s most recent oxygen saturation level was 96% — a healthy reading — and his heart, kidney, and liver function were all normal, the doctors said. Andrew Joseph, STAT, "Doctors say Trump is in good health but add to confusion about timing of Covid-19 diagnosis," 3 Oct. 2020 As always, my heart is with everyone affected by this global pandemic. Li Cohen, CBS News, "Kellyanne Conway says she tested positive for COVID-19," 2 Oct. 2020 Older adults are at higher risk for severe COVID-19 because their heart and lungs are weaker, Dr. Elie Saade, medical director of infection control and a geriatric specialist at University Hospitals, said in August. Julie Washington, cleveland, "President Trump’s age, gender put him at risk for severe coronavirus," 2 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of heart

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for heart

Noun and Verb

Middle English hert, from Old English heorte; akin to Old High German herza heart, Latin cord-, cor, Greek kardia

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The first known use of heart was before the 12th century

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Last Updated

18 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Heart.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/heart. Accessed 21 Oct. 2020.

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More Definitions for heart

heart

noun
How to pronounce Heart (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of heart

: the organ in your chest that pumps blood through your veins and arteries
: the front part of your chest
: the heart thought of as the place where emotions are felt

heart

noun
\ ˈhärt How to pronounce heart (audio) \

Kids Definition of heart

1 : a hollow muscular organ of the body that expands and contracts to move blood through the arteries and veins
2 : something shaped like a heart a Valentine's heart
3 : a part near the center or deep into the interior They reached the heart of the desert.
4 : the most essential part That's the heart of the problem.
5 : human feelings Speak from your heart.
6 : courage or enthusiasm I don't have the heart to tell them what happened.
by heart
: so as to be able to repeat from memory I think I'm going to learn his new phone number by heart.— Paula Danziger, Amber Brown

heart

noun
\ ˈhärt How to pronounce heart (audio) \

Medical Definition of heart

1 : a hollow muscular organ of vertebrate animals that by its rhythmic contraction acts as a force pump maintaining the circulation of the blood and that in the human adult is about five inches (13 centimeters) long and three and one half inches (9 centimeters) broad, is of conical form, is placed obliquely in the chest with the broad end upward and to the right and the apex opposite the interval between the cartilages of the fifth and sixth ribs on the left side, is enclosed in a serous pericardium, and consists as in other mammals and in birds of four chambers divided into an upper pair of rather thin-walled atria which receive blood from the veins and a lower pair of thick-walled ventricles into which the blood is forced and which in turn pump it into the arteries
2 : a structure in an invertebrate animal functionally analogous to the vertebrate heart

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