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English noun: pulse

1. pulse (event) (electronics) a sharp transient wave in the normal electrical state (or a series of such transients)

SamplesThe pulsations seemed to be coming from a star.

Synonymsimpulse, pulsation, pulsing

Broader (hypernym)undulation, wave

Domain categoryelectronics

2. pulse (event) the rhythmic contraction and expansion of the arteries with each beat of the heart

SamplesHe could feel the beat of her heart.

Synonymsbeat, heartbeat, pulsation

Broader (hypernym)periodic event, recurrent event

Narrower (hyponym)diastole, pounding, systole, throb, throbbing

3. pulse (time) the rate at which the heart beats; usually measured to obtain a quick evaluation of a person's health

Synonymsheart rate, pulse rate

Broader (hypernym)rate, vital sign

Narrower (hyponym)femoral pulse, radial pulse

4. pulse (food) edible seeds of various pod-bearing plants (peas or beans or lentils etc.)

Broader (hypernym)legume

English verb: pulse

1. pulse (motion) expand and contract rhythmically; beat rhythmically

SamplesThe baby's heart was pulsating again after the surgeon massaged it.

ExamplesThe crowds pulse in the streets, The streets pulse with crowds

Synonymspulsate, throb

Pattern of useSomething ----s

Broader (hypernym)beat, pound, thump

Verb groupbeat, pulsate, quiver

2. pulse (creation) produce or modulate (as electromagnetic waves) in the form of short bursts or pulses or cause an apparatus to produce pulses

SamplesPulse waves.
A transmitter pulsed by an electronic tube.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)create, make, produce

3. pulse (motion) drive by or as if by pulsation

SamplesA soft breeze pulsed the air.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)displace, move

Causepulsate, pulse, throb

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