pulsation

noun
pul·​sa·​tion | \ ˌpəl-ˈsā-shən How to pronounce pulsation (audio) \

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

Synonyms

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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That pulsation rate, as well as their brightness, can determine their distance from Earth. Ashley Strickland, CNN, "Red giant stars create new way to measure how quickly the universe is expanding," 16 July 2019 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 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 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 Weaving his present reality as a son of immigrants with childhood memories, Lange's vocals are stimulated by the power and warmth of keyboard pulsations and the subtle percussion of a vibraphone. Billboard Staff, Billboard, "The 50 Best Albums of 2019 (So Far): Staff Picks," 3 June 2019 That pulsation rate, as well as their brightness, can determine their distance from Earth. Ashley Strickland, CNN, "Red giant stars create new way to measure how quickly the universe is expanding," 16 July 2019 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

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First Known Use of pulsation

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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pulsation

noun
pul·​sa·​tion | \ ˌpəl-ˈsā-shən How to pronounce pulsation (audio) \

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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