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1. The rhythmical throbbing of arteries produced by the regular contractions of the heart, especially as palpated at the wrist or in the neck.


a. A regular or rhythmical beating.

b. A single beat or throb.

3. Physics

a. A brief sudden change in a normally constant quantity: a pulse of current; a pulse of radiation.

b. Any of a series of intermittent occurrences characterized by a brief sudden change in a quantity.

4. The perceptible emotions or sentiments of a group of people: "a man who had ... his finger on the pulse of America" (Thomas P. O'Neill, Jr.)

intr.v. pulsed, puls·ing, puls·es

1. To pulsate; beat: "The nation pulsed with music and proclamation, with rages and moral pretensions" (Lance Morrow).

2. Physics To undergo a series of intermittent occurrences characterized by brief, sudden changes in a quantity.

take the pulse of

To judge the mood or views of (a political electorate, for example): The politician was able to take the pulse of the grass-roots voters.

[Middle English, from Old French, from Latin pulsus, from past participle of pellere, to beat; see pel- in Indo-European roots.]

pulse 2


1. The edible seeds of certain pod-bearing plants, such as lentils and chickpeas.

2. A plant yielding these seeds.

[Middle English pols, puls, from Latin puls, pottage of meal and pulse, probably ultimately from Greek poltos.]


1. (Physiology) physiol

a. the rhythmic contraction and expansion of an artery at each beat of the heart, often discernible to the touch at points such as the wrists

b. a single pulsation of the heart or arteries

2. (Electronics) physics electronics

a. a transient sharp change in voltage, current, or some other quantity normally constant in a system

b. one of a series of such transient disturbances, usually recurring at regular intervals and having a characteristic geometric shape

c. (as modifier): a pulse generator. Less common name: impulse

3. (General Physics) physics electronics

a. a transient sharp change in voltage, current, or some other quantity normally constant in a system

b. one of a series of such transient disturbances, usually recurring at regular intervals and having a characteristic geometric shape

c. (as modifier): a pulse generator. Less common name: impulse


a. a recurrent rhythmic series of beats, waves, vibrations, etc

b. any single beat, wave, etc, in such a series

5. bustle, vitality, or excitement: the pulse of a city.

6. (Sociology) the feelings or thoughts of a group or society as they can be measured: the pulse of the voters.

7. keep one's finger on the pulse to be well-informed about current events


8. (intr) to beat, throb, or vibrate

9. (tr) to provide an electronic pulse to operate (a slide projector)

[C14 pous, from Latin pulsus a beating, from pellere to beat]

ˈpulseless adj



1. (Cookery) the edible seeds of any of several leguminous plants, such as peas, beans, and lentils

2. (Plants) the plant producing any of these seeds

[C13 pols, from Old French, from Latin puls pottage of pulse]



n., v. pulsed, puls•ing. n.

1. the regular throbbing of the arteries, caused by the successive contractions of the heart, esp. as may be felt at an artery, as at the wrist.

2. a single pulsation of the arteries or heart.

3. a stroke, vibration, or undulation, or a rhythmic series of these.

4. the prevailing attitudes or sentiments, as of the public.

5. a momentary, sudden fluctuation in an electrical quantity, as in voltage or current.

6. a single, abrupt emission of particles or radiation.


7. to beat or throb; pulsate.

8. to vibrate or undulate.

9. to emit particles or radiation periodically in short bursts.


10. to cause to pulse.

[1375–1425; Middle English puls < Latin pulsus beating, striking, pulse, derivative (with -tus suffix of v. action) of pellere to beat, strike]




1. the edible seeds of certain leguminous plants, as peas or beans.

2. a plant producing such seeds.

[1250–1300; Middle English puls (< Old French pouls) < Latin: porridge of spelt or another grain. compare poultice]



The rhythmical expansion and contraction of the arteries as blood is pumped through them by the beating of the heart.


  • light year - Not a length of time but a distance, the distance a pulse of light travels in one year (about 5.88 trillion miles).
  • pea - Comes from Greek pison, "pulse, pease."
  • asphyxia - Its original meaning was stoppage of the pulse.
  • ictus - The beat of the pulse, based on the Latin word for "stroke."


Past participle: pulsed
Gerund: pulsing

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The regular throbbing of an artery, which can be felt as it expands each time the heart pumps blood through it.


نَبْضنَبْضَةيَنْبض، يَخْفق










púlsslá, hamast

pulsazionesentire il polsobattitobattito cardiacolegumi



















vi [blood] → battrepulse rate n → pouls m



n (Anat) → Puls m; (Phys) → Impuls m; (fig: of drums, music) → Rhythmus m; pulse beat → Pulsschlag m; to feel or take somebody’s pulsejdm den Puls fühlen; he felt the pulse of life in his veins → er spürte, wie das Leben in seinen Adern pulsierte; he still has or keeps his finger on the pulse of economic affairs → er hat in Wirtschaftsfragen immer noch den Finger am Puls der Zeit

vi → pulsieren; (machines) → stampfen



n (Bot, Cook) → Hülsenfrucht f


[pʌls] n (Anat) → polso (Phys) → impulso (fig) (of drums, music) → vibrazione f
to feel or take sb's pulse → sentire or tastare il polso a qn


(pals) noun

the regular beating of the heart, which can be checked by feeling the pumping action of the artery in the wrist. The doctor felt/took her pulse. pols نَبْض пулc pulso puls der Puls puls σφυγμόςpulso pulss نبض syke poulsדופק नब्ज, नाड़ी pulzus denyut nadi púls polso 脈博 맥박 pulsas pulss denyutan nadi polsslagpulspuls, tętno د لاس بند، نبض pulso puls пульс pulz utrip puls puls ชีพจร nabız 脈博 пульс; биття دل کي دھڑکن، بنض nhịp đập; mạch 脉博


to throb. pols يَنْبض، يَخْفق пулсирам pulsar tepat pulsieren dunke σφύζω, πάλλομαιlatir, palpitar tuikama تپیدن sykkiä battre לִפעוֹם स्पन्दन करना, धड़काना lüktet berdenyut slá, hamast pulsare, battere 脈打つ 맥박 치다 pulsuoti pulsēt berdebar pulseren, kloppenbanke, pulsere pulsować دربيدل،پريدل pulsar a bate биться pulzovať utripati pulsirati pulsera เต้นเป็นจังหวะ atmak, çarpmak (心臟)跳動 пульсувати, битися دھڑکنا đập (心脏)跳动

pulsate (palˈseit) , ((American) ˈpalseit) verb

to beat or throb. pols, klop يَنْبُض، يخْفِق пулсирам pulsar pulsovat pulsieren slå; dunke πάλλομαιlatir, palpitar tuksuma, pulseerima تپیدن؛ زدن sykkiä battre לְהַפעִים धड़कना, फड़कना lüktet berdenyut slá pulsare, battere 脈打つ 고동치다, 맥박 치다 pulsuoti pulsēt berdenyut pulserenslå, pulsere, dunke pulsować دربيدل، وهل pulsar a pulsa, a bate биться, пульсировать pulzovať utripati pulsirati pulsera เต้นเป็นจังหวะ atmak, çarpmak (心臟)跳動 пульсувати; вібрувати دھڑکنا، پھڑکنا đập (心脏)跳动

pulsation (palˈseiʃən) noun

polsing نَبْض، خَفَقان، نَبْضَه биене pulsação pulsování das Pulsieren pulseren σφυγμός, παλμόςpulsación tukse تپش sykintä pulsationפעימה स्पन्दन (ér)verés, lüktetés denyutan sláttur pulsazione, battito 脈博 고동, 맥박, 파동, (고의로 화를 내어) 남의 몸과 접촉하는 일 pulsavimas pulsācija denyutan pulsatie, klopping hjerteslag, pulsering pulsacja د زړه اورګونه pulsação pulsaţie пульсация pulzovanie utripanje pulsiranje pulserande การเต้นเป็นจังหวะ nabız atışı, vuruş 跳動 пульсація دھڑکن، ارتعاش nhịp tim đập 跳动


→ نَبْضَة tep puls Puls σφυγμός pulso syke pouls puls battito cardiaco 脈拍 맥박 polsslag puls puls pulso пульс puls ชีพจร nabız mạch 脉搏


n pulso; I’m going to take your pulse..Voy a tomarle el pulso..pulse of steroids..pulso de esteroides; carotid (radial, etc.) — pulso carotídeo (radial, etc.)

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