Definition of heartbeat in English:

heartbeat

noun

  • 1The pulsation of the heart.

    ‘his heartbeat quickened as Rose approached’
    • ‘His breathing did not change, nor did his heartbeat quicken.’
    • ‘Other drugs may be given if pain persists, if there is fluid on the lungs or a fast heartbeat.’
    • ‘My heartbeat quickens even more at the mere sight of her.’
    • ‘Then I realized that I couldn't hear anything at all, nothing but a constant thudding like a heartbeat in my eardrum.’
    • ‘However they may lead to palpitations, which is an unpleasant awareness of the heartbeat, often described as a thumping in the chest.’
    • ‘Marcy felt her breath quicken, her heartbeat accelerate and crescendo in her ears to an overpowering drone.’
    • ‘My heartbeat just quickened and it kept increasing.’
    • ‘Looking across the dark waters that separate our houses, I can't help but feel my heartbeat quicken and the resolve in my mind harden.’
    • ‘The midwife or doctor may use a device placed on the abdomen to amplify the heartbeat.’
    • ‘He remembered the day's events vividly and felt his heartbeat quicken pace as he remembered the routine attack on the Alliance convoy.’
    • ‘His squeeze grew just a little lighter than usual when he felt her heartbeat quicken far more than it usually did, her breath intake having been sharp.’
    • ‘She scrambled away, her heartbeat suddenly quickening in fear.’
    • ‘I could feel his breath against my neck and through my dress I could feel his heartbeat pulsating through my body as he pulled me closer.’
    • ‘My heartbeat quickened with every passing second, so that I wanted to confess to the world…’
    • ‘In one particularly engaging scene a barrage of news reports on black ‘suspects’ is pasted over the quickening thump of a heartbeat.’
    • ‘I sat up when I heard the doorbell and my heartbeat quickened as I got to my feet and raced out of my room, down the stairs and stopped at the bottom one.’
    • ‘Your heartbeat's pace has quickened by a large, unhealthy, degree.’
    • ‘The common symptoms of anaemia are tiredness, shortness of breath and awareness of the heartbeat (palpitations).’
    • ‘His heartbeat quickened as he hurried towards her room.’
    • ‘As he walked up to her she felt her heartbeat quicken.’
    pulsation, pulsing, throb, throbbing, vibration, pounding, thudding, thud, thumping, thump, drumming
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    1. 1.1 A single pulsation of the heart.
      ‘her heartbeats steadied’
      • ‘Suddenly, the man drew in a sharp gasp and the heart monitor erupted into a flurry of sound, beeping off the steady, but rapid heartbeats.’
      • ‘A heart-rate monitor is a device that shows your heartbeats per minute - a measure of your effort.’
      • ‘Oh, of course she knew, she could feel them, smell them, hear those steady heartbeats and rushing blood, practically tasting the crimson on her tongue.’
      • ‘Thus, it is important to inquire about the use of over-the-counter medication in pregnant women who complain about palpitations or extra heartbeats.’
      • ‘Most of the time, palpitations and irregular heartbeats are harmless.’
      • ‘Despite this, Perry started to massage the president's chest with his long fingers, trying to force a heartbeat.’
      • ‘The words made Shipper's cheeks turn pink and he felt his heartbeats quicken again.’
      • ‘An average teen like them has 60 to 75 heartbeats per minute.’
      • ‘High doses of caffeine can increase the heart rate (the number of heartbeats per minute).’
    2. 1.2 An animating or vital unifying force.
      ‘Ontario has long been the commercial heartbeat of Canada’
      • ‘For twelve years Keane has been the heartbeat of the United team.’
      • ‘Bruce has never been able to select his first-choice line up this season and it now seems likely that he will lose the heartbeat of the team just as the side threaten to produce some consistency.’
      • ‘They were the team's engine and heartbeat, and without them things would not function effectively.’
      • ‘In many ways, Pittman is a reincarnation of former team heartbeat Larry Centers.’
      • ‘The heartbeat of the Portuguese team, a fighter as well as an artist, he's had an absolute blinder.’
      • ‘Flintoff, as Selvey correctly deduces, has become the heartbeat of the team; the carthorse that also provides the gallops.’
      • ‘For Johnson is the heartbeat of the England team; its brain, its pulse, its cold, aggressive spirit.’
      • ‘He may not garner the headlines that some of his teammates accrue, but Lambert is the heartbeat of the robust team which has been transformed into treble winners under O'Neill.’

Phrases

  • a heartbeat (away) from

    • Very close to; on the verge of.

      ‘laughter was only a heartbeat from tears’
      • ‘Why would he be qualified to be a heartbeat away from the president?’
      • ‘He can still flip that switch between tough and sweet whenever he likes, moving in a heartbeat from the charm of a soft-spoken choirboy to a teeth-clenched icy grill that would make you throw your wallet at him in fear.’
      • ‘If not, would the popular VP of eight years run as a Republican and oppose the party that had put him a heartbeat away from the Presidency?’
      • ‘I think because I often felt quite dark and brooding may have had a little to do with it, or possibly because it was only a heartbeat from Christmas, even when days lasted as long as they did.’
      • ‘In scenes in which a man, begging for his job, clutches the ankle of his golf-playing boss, the mood is barely a heartbeat away from unbearable melodrama.’
      • ‘By embarrassing the Vice-President you are a heartbeat away from providing aid and comfort to our enemies.’
      • ‘His threshold challenge tonight is to convince the American people that he is prepared to be a heartbeat away from the presidency.’
      • ‘And, like the Jets, they were lucky to have won last week, when Seattle was a heartbeat away from sending the game into OT.’
      • ‘America, you have to ask yourself… is this man ready to be a heartbeat away from the button?’
      • ‘Three teenaged boys; one was tightrope-stepping along the balustrade, smoking a cigarette, a heartbeat from the long spill.’
  • in a heartbeat

    • Instantly; immediately.

      ‘I'd do it again in a heartbeat’
      • ‘Drop-dead gorgeous, she has the amazing ability to go from incredibly sweet to incredibly deadly in a heartbeat.’
      • ‘The hours, days, and weeks evaporate in a heartbeat.’
      • ‘They had only been dating a year before he asked her to marry him and she accepted in a heartbeat.’
      • ‘He guessed Garnet had the kind of money that could make that charge go away in a heartbeat anyway.’
      • ‘Now, any reasonable jury would find Marty not guilty in a heartbeat.’
      • ‘A tornado could take everything I own in a heartbeat.’
      • ‘The only reason I even went to work was for money, otherwise I would have quit in a heartbeat.’
      • ‘I'd vote for him in a heartbeat.’
      • ‘Janelle says she'd get plastic surgery in a heartbeat.’
      • ‘She had me out of the wet suit and into a warm tub in a heartbeat.’

Pronunciation

heartbeat

/ˈhɑːtbiːt/