Pulse vs Heartbeat - What's the difference?

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Pulse is a synonym of heartbeat.


As nouns the difference between pulse and heartbeat

is that pulse is any annual legume yielding from 1 to 12 grains or seeds of variable size, shape and colour within a pod, and used as food for humans or animals while heartbeat is one pulsation of the heart; especially an irregular one, hence the emotion which causes it.

As a verb pulse

is to beat, to throb, to flash.

pulse

English

Etymology 1

From (etyl) . For spelling, the -e'' (on ''-lse ) is so the end is pronounced /ls/, rather than /lz/ as in pulls, and does not change the vowel (ā€˜uā€™). Compare else, false, convulse.

Noun

(en noun)
  • (physiology) A normally regular beat felt when arteries are depressed, caused by the pumping action of the heart.
  • A beat or throb.
  • * (rfdate) Tennyson
  • the measured pulse of racing oars
  • * (rfdate) Burke
  • When the ear receives any simple sound, it is struck by a single pulse of the air, which makes the eardrum and the other membranous parts vibrate according to the nature and species of the stroke.
  • (music) The beat or tactus of a piece of music.
  • An autosoliton.
  • See also
    * beat * (Physiology) arrhythmia, blood pressure, heartbeat * (Music) meter, tempo

    Verb

  • To beat, to throb, to flash.
  • In the dead of night, all was still but the pulsing light.
  • To flow, particularly of blood.
  • Hot blood pulses through my veins.
  • To emit in discrete quantities.
  • Etymology 2

    From (etyl) pouls, .

    Noun

    (en noun)
  • Any annual legume yielding from 1 to 12 grains or seeds of variable size, shape and colour within a pod, and used as food for humans or animals.
  • References

    * * * DeLone et. al. (Eds.) (1975). Aspects of Twentieth-Century Music. Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey: Prentice-Hall. ISBN 0130493465.

    Anagrams

    * * ----

    heartbeat

    English

    Noun

    (en noun)
  • 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
  • The rhythm at which a heart pulsates, a cardiac indicator
  • ''If your heartbeat doesn't normalize soon, consult a doctor!
  • A driving impulse or vital force.
  • Music is the heartbeat of the people.
  • A very short space of time; an instant.
  • The ambulance arrived in a heartbeat .
  • (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

    Derived terms

    * in a heartbeat