heartbeat
Pronunciation
  • (British) IPA: /ˈhɑːtˌbiːt/
  • (America) IPA: /ˈhɑɹtˌbit/, [ˈhɑɹʔbiʔ]
Noun

heartbeat (plural heartbeats)

  1. One pulsation of the heart; especially an irregular one, hence the emotion which causes it.
    The policeman waited for a heartbeat in vain
    He alone gives me such heartbeats
  2. The rhythm at which a heart pulsates, a cardiac indicator
    If your heartbeat doesn't normalize soon, consult a doctor!
  3. A driving impulse or vital force.
    Music is the heartbeat of the people.
  4. A very short space of time; an instant.
    The ambulance arrived in a heartbeat.
  5. (computing) A periodic signal generated by hardware or software to indicate normal operation or to synchronize other parts of a system.
Synonyms
  • (rhythm at which a heart pulsates) pulse
Translations Translations
  • French: rythme cardiaque
  • Italian: battito cardiaco, battito del cuore, battito del polso, pulsazione
  • Russian: сердцебие́ние
  • Spanish: ritmo cardiaco
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