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.
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Recent Examples on the Web
So is everyone a delusional, self-serving, trauma-masking Randian narcissist at heart?—Katy Waldman, The New Yorker, 21 Nov. 2023 In October, there were 57 new clinical cases of the drug-resistant, potentially lethal fungus that can invade a person's bloodstream, brain, heart or other organs, according to Nevada Division of Behavioral Health data.—Mary Hynes Las Vegas Review-Journal (tns), arkansasonline.com, 21 Nov. 2023 And yet: The moment when Sam gets a kiss from Joanna, and then looks at Daniel with eyes full of triumph and love always melts my cold, American heart.—Stephen Rodrick, Variety, 21 Nov. 2023 That earned a whopping three heart emojis from Altman.—Jon Blistein, Rolling Stone, 20 Nov. 2023 Davis, Ali’s father, is a musician with a golden smile who can’t be trusted to show up for dinner (or for most of Ali’s life), but who can break hearts at the piano.—Sara Holdren, Vulture, 19 Nov. 2023 That's because their antioxidant properties help decrease LDL cholesterol, which is bad cholesterol that increases a person's risk for stroke or heart disease.67
3.—Cynthia Sass, Mph, Rd, Health, 18 Nov. 2023 There was still one problem, though: Without lungs to physically support it, his heart would move around or fall deeper into his chest cavity.—Aria Bendix, NBC News, 9 Nov. 2023 But unlike Katniss, who was very much the beating heart of the earlier films, Lucy Gray has to compete for narrative primacy with the young Coriolanus (Tom Blyth).—David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, 9 Nov. 2023 See More
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Noun and Verb
Middle English hert, from Old English heorte; akin to Old High German herza heart, Latin cord-, cor, Greek kardia
First Known Use
before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a
before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2
The first known use of heart was
before the 12th century
: 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
: a structure in an invertebrate animal functionally analogous to the vertebrate heart