pul·​sa·​tion | \ˌpəl-ˈsā-shən \

Definition of pulsation 

1 : rhythmical throbbing or vibrating (as of an artery) also : a single beat or throb

2 : a periodically recurring alternate increase and decrease of a quantity (such as pressure, volume, or voltage)

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Synonyms for pulsation


beat, beating, palpitation, pulse, throb

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Examples of pulsation in a Sentence

you should press against the artery in your wrist and count the pulsations to calculate your heart rate

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According to the car manufacturer, the diaphragm material in the fuel pulsation dampers of certain engines can harden over time and crack, allowing fuel to leak and creating a risk of fire. Renae Reints, Fortune, "Lexus Recalls 121,000 Cars Due to Risk of Fuel Leaks," 27 June 2018 In 2009, the Naval Research Lab suggested that astronomers couldlisten in to find habitable exoplanets by listening for the pulsations of their magnetospheres. John Wenz, Popular Mechanics, "Meet the Astronomer Who Listens to the Music of the Cosmos," 12 May 2015 Their thoughts to their mouth to pulsations of air molecules to a vibrating membrane inside a hole in your skull to bones going clickety-click to waves of electrical activity to thoughts? Adam Rogers, WIRED, "The Fundamental Nihilism of Yanny vs. Laurel," 16 May 2018 Wolff measured the amplitude of pulsations of blood vessels in the scalp during migraine attacks and after the administration of a drug that constricted the vessels. R. Allan Purdy, Scientific American, "Can Anything Stop My Migraine?," 1 May 2017 The Issa 2 has silicone bristles which massage gums, a flexible brush head to reach all corners of the mouth, 11,000 pulsations per minute and a battery that lasts up to 365 uses on a one-hour charge. Atlanta Life, ajc, "Eyecatchers," 27 Mar. 2018 Time to change the channel to rapid-fire pulsations. Sophie Saint Thomas, Glamour, "This Cute Wearable Vibrator Is Great for BDSM Beginners," 18 Dec. 2017 But near the end, firmer pulsations were clearer reminders of Mr. Glass, as was a cameo appearance by the violinist Tim Fain, a Glass specialist. Seth Colter Walls, New York Times, "Review: Philip Glass, Easy to Mimic but Hard to Match," 10 Dec. 2017 The Iris has two different modes: Pure Mode, which replicates a classic manual massage by carefully kneading; and Spa Mode, which concentrates on tapping pulsations. Lauren Valenti, Marie Claire, "I Can't Stop Using This Crazy Eye Massager—and My Dark Circles Have Never Looked Better," 8 May 2017

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First Known Use of pulsation

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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pul·​sa·​tion | \ˌpəl-ˈsā-shən \

Medical Definition of pulsation 

1 : rhythmic throbbing or vibrating (as of an artery) also : a single beat or throb

2 : a periodically recurring alternate increase and decrease of a quantity (as pressure, volume, or voltage)

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