[ puhl-sey-shuhn ]
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  1. the act of pulsating; beating or throbbing.

  2. a beat or throb, as of the pulse.

  1. vibration or undulation.

  2. a single vibration.

Origin of pulsation

1375–1425; late Middle English pulsacioun<Latin pulsātiōn- (stem of pulsātiō). See pulsate, -ion

Other words from pulsation

  • non·pul·sa·tion, noun

Words Nearby pulsation

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How to use pulsation in a sentence

  • The Searcher of hearts knows that every pulsation of mine beats high and strong in the cause of civil liberty.

  • The roaring of the Fire Bird's wings was stilled, but the hum of its feathers continued—a throbbing pulsation of musical sound.

British Dictionary definitions for pulsation


/ (pʌlˈseɪʃən) /

  1. the act of pulsating

  2. physiol a rhythmic beating or pulsing esp of the heart or an artery

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