pulse

1
[ puhls ]
/ pʌls /

noun

verb (used without object), pulsed, puls·ing.

verb (used with object), pulsed, puls·ing.

to cause to pulse.
Medicine/Medical. to administer (medication) in interrupted, often concentrated dosages to avoid unwanted side effects.

Origin of pulse

1
1300–50; < Latin pulsus a beat, equivalent to *peld-, base of pellere to set in motion by beating or striking (cf. impel) + -tus, suffix of v. action, with dt < s and backing and raising of e before velar l; replacing Middle English pous < Middle French < Latin, as above
Related formsun·puls·ing, adjective

Definition for pulse (2 of 2)

pulse

2
[ puhls ]
/ pʌls /

noun

the edible seeds of certain leguminous plants, as peas, beans, or lentils.
a plant producing such seeds.

Origin of pulse

2
1250–1300; Middle English puls < Latin: thick pap of meal, pulse. See poultice
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British Dictionary definitions for pulse (1 of 2)

pulse

1
/ (pʌls) /

noun

verb

(intr) to beat, throb, or vibrate
(tr) to provide an electronic pulse to operate (a slide projector)
Derived Formspulseless, adjective

Word Origin for pulse

C14 pous, from Latin pulsus a beating, from pellere to beat

British Dictionary definitions for pulse (2 of 2)

pulse

2
/ (pʌls) /

noun

the edible seeds of any of several leguminous plants, such as peas, beans, and lentils
the plant producing any of these seeds

Word Origin for pulse

C13 pols, from Old French, from Latin puls pottage of pulse
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Medicine definitions for pulse

pulse

[ pŭls ]

n.

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.
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Science definitions for pulse

pulse

[ pŭls ]

The rhythmic expansion and contraction of the arteries as blood is pumped through them by the heart. The pulse can be felt at several parts of the body, as over the carotid and radial arteries.
A dose of a medication or other substance given over a short period of time, usually repetitively.
  1. A brief sudden change in a normally constant quantity, such as an electric current or field.
  2. Any of a series of intermittent occurrences characterized by a brief sudden change in a quantity.
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Idioms and Phrases with pulse

pulse


see take the pulse of.

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