- the regular throbbing of the arteries, caused by the successive contractions of the heart, especially as may be felt at an artery, as at the wrist.
- a single pulsation, or beat or throb, of the arteries or heart.
- the rhythmic recurrence of strokes, vibrations, or undulations.
- a single stroke, vibration, or undulation.
- Electricity. a momentary, sudden fluctuation in an electrical quantity, as in voltage or current.
- Physics. a single, abrupt emission of particles or radiation.
- a throb of life, emotion, etc.
- the general attitude, sentiment, preference, etc., as of the public.
- to beat or throb; pulsate.
- to beat, vibrate, or undulate.
- Physics. to emit particles or radiation periodically in short bursts.
- to cause to pulse.
- Medicine/Medical. to administer (medication) in interrupted, often concentrated dosages to avoid unwanted side effects.
Origin of pulse1
Related Words for pulsingdrum, fluctuate, hammer, oscillate, palpitate, pound, pump, roar, throb, thud, thump, tick, vibrate, thrum
Examples from the Web for pulsing
Contemporary Examples of pulsing
There are no pulsing lights, no computer-generated rock music, no pictures of 007.‘Asteroids’ & The Dawn of the Gamer Age
November 29, 2014
One nurse pushed her hip alarm and the pulsing shriek rang out again.Inside a Hospital for the Criminally Insane
September 15, 2014
The bugs are so loud that stepping into the darkness feels like being surrounded by an enormous, pulsing heart.An Author at Home in Lonely Landscapes
July 11, 2014
The pulsing sound from their tsokais (African rattles) and bells join the African beat blasting from a nearby silver MacBook.Hallucinating Away a Heroin Addiction
May 4, 2014
But any permanent solution to the conflict must address the pulsing cyst at its heart.Old Problems and New Realities
November 22, 2012
Historical Examples of pulsing
But it was all very wonderful, pulsing with life, eloquent of achievement.The Vagrant Duke
Stark and cruelly naked they lay there, pulsing with life that should not have been.The Affair of the Brains
The pulsing, throbbing pandemonium was terrific as the march began.
Her thin neck throbbed with the pulsing of blood to her head.Other Main-Travelled Roads
You're young and pulsing with life, and there are—thank Heaven!Uncanny Tales
- 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
- a single pulsation of the heart or arteries
- physics electronics
- a transient sharp change in voltage, current, or some other quantity normally constant in a system
- one of a series of such transient disturbances, usually recurring at regular intervals and having a characteristic geometric shape
- (as modifier)a pulse generator Less common name: impulse
- a recurrent rhythmic series of beats, waves, vibrations, etc
- any single beat, wave, etc, in such a series
- bustle, vitality, or excitementthe pulse of a city
- the feelings or thoughts of a group or society as they can be measuredthe pulse of the voters
- keep one's finger on the pulse to be well-informed about current events
- (intr) to beat, throb, or vibrate
- (tr) to provide an electronic pulse to operate (a slide projector)
Word Origin for pulse
- 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
"a throb, a beat," early 14c., from Old French pous, pulse (late 12c., Modern French pouls) and directly from Latin pulsus (in pulsus venarum "beating from the blood in the veins"), past participle of pellere "to push, drive," from PIE *pel- (6) "to thrust, strike, drive" (cf. Greek pallein "to wield, brandish, swing," pelemizein "to shake, cause to tremble"). Extended usages from 16c. Figurative use for "life, vitality, essential energy" is from 1530s.
"to beat, throb," early 15c., from pulse (n.1) or else from Latin pulsare "to beat, throb," and in part from French. Related: Pulsed; pulsing.
- 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.
- 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.
- A brief sudden change in a normally constant quantity, such as an electric current or field.
- Any of a series of intermittent occurrences characterized by a brief sudden change in a quantity.
see take the pulse of.