Definition of heartbeat in English:

heartbeat

noun

  • 1The pulsation of the heart.

    • ‘She scrambled away, her heartbeat suddenly quickening in fear.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Then I realized that I couldn't hear anything at all, nothing but a constant thudding like a heartbeat in my eardrum.’
    • ‘The common symptoms of anaemia are tiredness, shortness of breath and awareness of the heartbeat (palpitations).’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In one particularly engaging scene a barrage of news reports on black ‘suspects’ is pasted over the quickening thump of a heartbeat.’
    • ‘As he walked up to her she felt her heartbeat quicken.’
    • ‘My heartbeat quickens even more at the mere sight of her.’
    • ‘His breathing did not change, nor did his heartbeat quicken.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘However they may lead to palpitations, which is an unpleasant awareness of the heartbeat, often described as a thumping in the chest.’
    • ‘He remembered the day's events vividly and felt his heartbeat quicken pace as he remembered the routine attack on the Alliance convoy.’
    • ‘The midwife or doctor may use a device placed on the abdomen to amplify the heartbeat.’
    • ‘My heartbeat quickened with every passing second, so that I wanted to confess to the world…’
    • ‘His heartbeat quickened as he hurried towards her room.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Other drugs may be given if pain persists, if there is fluid on the lungs or a fast heartbeat.’
    • ‘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.’
    pulsation, pulsing, throb, throbbing, vibration, pounding, thudding, thud, thumping, thump, drumming
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    1. 1.1usually heartbeats A single pulsation of the heart.
      ‘her heartbeats steadied’
      • ‘High doses of caffeine can increase the heart rate (the number of heartbeats per minute).’
      • ‘Thus, it is important to inquire about the use of over-the-counter medication in pregnant women who complain about palpitations or extra heartbeats.’
      • ‘An average teen like them has 60 to 75 heartbeats per minute.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘A heart-rate monitor is a device that shows your heartbeats per minute - a measure of your effort.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The words made Shipper's cheeks turn pink and he felt his heartbeats quicken again.’
      • ‘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.’
    2. 1.2 An animating or vital unifying force.
      ‘conflict is the essential heartbeat of fiction’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘For twelve years Keane has been the heartbeat of the United team.’

Phrases

  • a heartbeat away from

    • Very close to; on the verge of.

      ‘the man who is just a heartbeat away from the presidency’
      • ‘Why would he be qualified to be a heartbeat away from the president?’
      • ‘America, you have to ask yourself… is this man ready to be a heartbeat away from the button?’
      • ‘And, like the Jets, they were lucky to have won last week, when Seattle was a heartbeat away from sending the game into OT.’
      • ‘Three teenaged boys; one was tightrope-stepping along the balustrade, smoking a cigarette, a heartbeat from the long spill.’
      • ‘By embarrassing the Vice-President you are a heartbeat away from providing aid and comfort to our enemies.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘His threshold challenge tonight is to convince the American people that he is prepared to be 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.’
      • ‘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?’
  • in a heartbeat

    • Instantly; immediately.

      ‘I'd do it again in a heartbeat’
      • ‘The only reason I even went to work was for money, otherwise I would have quit in a heartbeat.’
      • ‘They had only been dating a year before he asked her to marry him and she accepted in a heartbeat.’
      • ‘Janelle says she'd get plastic surgery 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.’
      • ‘She had me out of the wet suit and into a warm tub 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.’
      • ‘I'd vote for him in a heartbeat.’

Pronunciation

heartbeat

/ˈhɑrtˌbit//ˈhärtˌbēt/