pulse

noun (1)
\ ˈpəls How to pronounce pulse (audio) \

Definition of pulse

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1a : the palpable beat resulting from such pulse as detected in a superficial artery also : the number of individual beats in a specified time period (such as one minute) a resting pulse of 70
b : the regular expansion of an artery caused by the ejection of blood into the arterial system by the contractions of the heart
2a : rhythmical beating, vibrating, or sounding
b : beat, throb
3a : underlying sentiment or opinion or an indication of it
4a : a transient variation of a quantity (such 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 : a dose of a substance especially when applied over a short period of time pulses of intravenous methylprednisolone

pulse

verb
pulsed; pulsing

Definition of pulse (Entry 2 of 3)

intransitive verb

: to exhibit a pulse or pulsation : throb

transitive verb

1 : to drive by or as if by a pulsation
2 : to cause to pulsate
3a : to produce or modulate (something, such as electromagnetic waves) in the form of pulses pulsed waves
b : to cause (an apparatus) to produce pulses

pulse

noun (2)

Definition of pulse (Entry 3 of 3)

: the edible seeds of various crops (such as peas, beans, or lentils) of the legume family also : a plant yielding pulse

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Other Words from pulse

Verb

pulser noun

Examples of pulse in a Sentence

Verb He could feel the blood pulsing through his veins. Dance music pulsed from the speakers. The city pulses with life.
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First Known Use of pulse

Noun (1)

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1b

Verb

15th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

Noun (2)

13th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for pulse

Noun (1)

Middle English puls, from Anglo-French, from Latin pulsus, literally, beating, from pellere to drive, push, beat — more at felt

Noun (2)

Middle English puls, probably from Anglo-French puuiz gruel, from Latin pult-, puls, probably from Greek poltos

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pulse

verb

English Language Learners Definition of pulse

: to move with strong, regular beats
: to produce a strong, regular beat
: to be filled with activity or a feeling

pulse

noun
\ ˈpəls How to pronounce pulse (audio) \

Kids Definition of pulse

1 : a strong regular beating or throbbing the rhythmic pulse of the music
2 : the beat resulting from the regular widening of an artery in the body as blood flows through it Feel your wrist for a pulse.

pulse

noun
\ ˈpəls How to pronounce pulse (audio) \

Medical Definition of pulse

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : a regularly recurrent wave of distension in arteries that results from the progress through an artery of blood injected into the arterial system at each contraction of the ventricles of the heart
b : the palpable beat resulting from such pulse as detected in a superficial artery (as the radial artery) a very soft pulse also : the number of such beats in a specified period of time (as one minute) a resting pulse of 70
3a : a transient variation of a quantity (as electric current or voltage) whose value is normally constant often used of current variations produced artificially and repeated either with a regular period or according to some code
b : an electromagnetic wave or modulation thereof having brief duration
c : a brief disturbance transmitted through a medium
4 : a dose of a substance especially when applied over a short period of time therapy with pulses of intravenous methylprednisolone

pulse

verb
pulsed; pulsing

Medical Definition of pulse (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to exhibit a pulse or pulsation

transitive verb

1 : to cause to pulsate
2a : to produce or modulate (as electromagnetic waves) in the form of pulses pulsed waves
b : to cause (an apparatus) to produce pulses

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