pulse1 [pʌls] n
[Sense: 1-4; Date: 1300-1400; : Old French; Origin: pouls, from Latin pulsus 'beating', past participle of pellere 'to hit']
[Sense: 5; Date: 1200-1300; : Old French; Origin: pouls 'porridge', from Latin puls]
1.) ¦(HEART)¦ [C usually singular]
a) the regular beat that can be felt, for example at your wrist, as your heart pumps blood around your body
The doctor listened to his breathing and checked his pulse .
His breathing was shallow and his pulse was weak .
find/detect a pulse
(=check that someone is alive by trying to feel the beat of their pulse)
In an emergency it can be difficult to find a pulse.
She felt his neck. There was no pulse.
b) also pulse rate
the number of heart beats per minute
take/feel sb's pulse
(=count how many times someone's heart beats in a minute, usually by feeling their wrist)
Her pulse raced (=beat very quickly) with excitement.
2.) ¦(MUSIC)¦ [U and C]
a strong regular beat in music
the distant pulse of a steel band
an amount of sound, light, or electricity that continues for a very short time
the ideas, feelings, or opinions that are most important to a particular group of people or have the greatest influence on them at a particular time
Clinton had an uncanny ability to sense the pulse of the nation.
5.) ¦(FOOD)¦
pulses [plural]
seeds such as beans, ↑peas, and ↑lentils that you can eat
have/keep your finger on the pulse atfinger1 (6)
pulse 2
pulse2 v
1.) [I]
to move or flow with a steady quick beat or sound
She felt the blood pulsing through her veins .
Colored lights pulsed in time to the music.
2.) [I]
if a feeling or emotion pulses through someone, they feel it very strongly
pulse through
Excitement pulsed through the crowd.
3.) [I and T]
to push a button on a ↑food processor to make the machine go on and off regularly, rather than work continuously
Pulse several times until the mixture looks like oatmeal.

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