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Heartbeat   /hˈɑrtbˌit/   Listen
Heartbeat

noun
1.
The rhythmic contraction and expansion of the arteries with each beat of the heart.  Synonyms: beat, pulsation, pulse.
2.
A very short time (as the time it takes the eye to blink or the heart to beat).  Synonyms: blink of an eye, flash, instant, jiffy, New York minute, split second, trice, twinkling, wink.
3.
An animating or vital unifying force.






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"Heartbeat" Quotes from Famous Books



... violent heartbeat, the caught breath, that told the woman of his presence—felt to a nicety the control of her expression, the rigidity of her body, as she slowly raised her head and met his eyes; then he saw the man bow, making some suggestion, and he leaned back in ...
— Max • Katherine Cecil Thurston

... you once gained success in a business deal. Your recollection of the other persons concerned in that transaction, of any one detail in the transaction itself, will be accompanied by the faster heartbeat, the quickened circulation of the blood, the feeling of triumph and elation that ...
— The Trained Memory • Warren Hilton

... in England feel no heartbeat at that event? Is it not one of the predicted voices of the latter day, saying under the whole heavens, "It is done; the kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our ...
— The Life of Harriet Beecher Stowe • Charles Edward Stowe

... well-loved sage Mr. Don Marquis, we protest!). And, to consider, what a place for a colyumist was the Forest of Arden. See how zealous contributors hung their poems round on trees so that he could not miss them. Is it not all the very core and heartbeat of what we call "romance," that endearing convention that submits the harsh realities and interruptions of life to a golden purge of fancy? How, we sometimes wonder, can any one grow old as long as he can still read "As You Like It," ...
— Plum Pudding - Of Divers Ingredients, Discreetly Blended & Seasoned • Christopher Morley



Words linked to "Heartbeat" :   throbbing, pounding, minute, split second, periodic event, diastole, second, systole, force, jiffy, recurrent event, moment, throb, bit, mo



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