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 heartHave a heart! Can't you see he needs help?See More
Recent Examples on the Web
No one cares what’s in your heart or deep inside your bones, councilman.Los Angeles Times, 21 Nov. 2022 The American people, and people with the spirit of American freedom in their heart.
Arthur C. Brooks, The Atlantic, 16 Nov. 2022 Anyone else have a warm place in their heart for Brandon Inge?
Michael Shapiro, Chron, 16 Nov. 2022 According to Offset, Takeoff left a hole in his heart that will never be filled.
Dominique Fluker, Essence, 15 Nov. 2022 He was diagnosed with high blood cholesterol in 2019 and said a scan revealed a blockage in his heart.
Jessica Wang, EW.com, 14 Nov. 2022 Another line, Harmony, McPhee says has a special place in her heart as well.
Alexandra Schonfeld, Peoplemag, 14 Nov. 2022 Joy has a special place in her heart for croissants and tiramisu, and is always on the hunt for the next cafe to explore in the city (a journey that never ends!).
Joy Cho, Good Housekeeping, 12 Nov. 2022 This spirited wartime spy show never had enough time in two short seasons to meld MCU tics to the midcentury matinee serials in its heart.
Christopher Borrelli, Chicago Tribune, 11 Nov. 2022 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