Definition of heartbeat in English:

heartbeat

noun

  • 1The pulsation of the heart.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘My heartbeat quickens even more at the mere sight of her.’
    • ‘In one particularly engaging scene a barrage of news reports on black ‘suspects’ is pasted over the quickening thump of a heartbeat.’
    • ‘Other drugs may be given if pain persists, if there is fluid on the lungs or a fast heartbeat.’
    • ‘Your heartbeat's pace has quickened by a large, unhealthy, degree.’
    • ‘Then I realized that I couldn't hear anything at all, nothing but a constant thudding like a heartbeat in my eardrum.’
    • ‘My heartbeat quickened with every passing second, so that I wanted to confess to the world…’
    • ‘My heartbeat just quickened and it kept increasing.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The midwife or doctor may use a device placed on the abdomen to amplify the heartbeat.’
    • ‘As he walked up to her she felt her heartbeat quicken.’
    • ‘His breathing did not change, nor did his heartbeat quicken.’
    • ‘She scrambled away, her heartbeat suddenly quickening in fear.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He remembered the day's events vividly and felt his heartbeat quicken pace as he remembered the routine attack on the Alliance convoy.’
    • ‘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.’
    heartbeat, 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).’
      • ‘An average teen like them has 60 to 75 heartbeats per minute.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Thus, it is important to inquire about the use of over-the-counter medication in pregnant women who complain about palpitations or extra heartbeats.’
      • ‘Despite this, Perry started to massage the president's chest with his long fingers, trying to force a heartbeat.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Most of the time, palpitations and irregular heartbeats are harmless.’
      • ‘A heart-rate monitor is a device that shows your heartbeats per minute - a measure of your effort.’
    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.’
      • ‘Flintoff, as Selvey correctly deduces, has become the heartbeat of the team; the carthorse that also provides the gallops.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘In many ways, Pittman is a reincarnation of former team heartbeat Larry Centers.’
      • ‘For Johnson is the heartbeat of the England team; its brain, its pulse, its cold, aggressive spirit.’
      • ‘The heartbeat of the Portuguese team, a fighter as well as an artist, he's had an absolute blinder.’

Pronunciation:

heartbeat

/ˈhärtˌbēt/