Meaning of pulse


Pronunciation: (puls), [key]
— n., v., pulsed, puls•ing.
  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, or beat or throb, of the arteries or heart.
  3. the rhythmic recurrence of strokes, vibrations, or undulations.
  4. a single stroke, vibration, or undulation.
  5. a momentary, sudden fluctuation in an electrical quantity, as in voltage or current.
  6. a single, abrupt emission of particles or radiation.
  7. a throb of life, emotion, etc.
  8. vitality.
  9. the general attitude, sentiment, preference, etc., as of the public.
  1. to beat or throb; pulsate.
  2. to beat, vibrate, or undulate.
  3. to emit particles or radiation periodically in short bursts.
  1. to cause to pulse.
  2. to administer (medication) in interrupted, often concentrated dosages to avoid unwanted side effects.


Pronunciation: (puls), [key]
— n.
  1. the edible seeds of certain leguminous plants, as peas, beans, or lentils.
  2. a plant producing such seeds.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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