|a. the rhythmic contraction and expansion of an artery at each beat of the heart, often discernible to the touch at points such as the wrists|
|b. a single pulsation of the heart or arteries|
|a. a transient sharp change in voltage, current, or some other quantity normally constant in a system|
|b. one of a series of such transient disturbances, usually recurring at regular intervals and having a characteristic geometric shape|
|c. Less common name: impulse (as modifier): a pulse generator|
|3.||a. a recurrent rhythmic series of beats, waves, vibrations, etc|
|b. any single beat, wave, etc, in such a series|
|4.||bustle, vitality, or excitement: the pulse of a city|
|5.||the feelings or thoughts of a group or society as they can be measured: the pulse of the voters|
|6.||keep one's finger on the pulse to be well-informed about current events|
|7.||(intr) to beat, throb, or vibrate|
|8.||(tr) to provide an electronic pulse to operate (a slide projector)|
|[C14 pous, from Latin pulsus a beating, from pellere to beat]|
The rhythmical dilation of arteries produced when blood is pumped outward by regular contractions of the heart, especially as palpated at the wrist or in the neck.
|pulse (pŭls) Pronunciation Key
(Dan. 1:12, 16), R.V. "herbs," vegetable food in general.
see take the pulse of.