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heartbeat Line breaks: heart|beat
Pronunciation: /ˈhɑːtbiːt/

Definition of heartbeat in English:


1The pulsation of the heart: his heartbeat quickened as Rose approached
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  • His heartbeat quickened as he hurried towards her room.
  • As he walked up to her she felt her heartbeat quicken.
  • Looking across the dark waters that separate our houses, I can't help but feel my heartbeat quicken and the resolve in my mind harden.
1.1A single pulsation of the heart: her heartbeats steadied
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  • Oh, of course she knew, she could feel them, smell them, hear those steady heartbeats and rushing blood, practically tasting the crimson on her tongue.
  • Suddenly, the man drew in a sharp gasp and the heart monitor erupted into a flurry of sound, beeping off the steady, but rapid heartbeats.
  • The words made Shipper's cheeks turn pink and he felt his heartbeats quicken again.
1.2An animating or vital unifying force: Ontario has long been the commercial heartbeat of Canada
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  • He may not garner the headlines that some of his teammates accrue, but Lambert is the heartbeat of the robust team which has been transformed into treble winners under O'Neill.
  • Flintoff, as Selvey correctly deduces, has become the heartbeat of the team; the carthorse that also provides the gallops.
  • For twelve years Keane has been the heartbeat of the United team.


a heartbeat (away) from
Very close to; on the verge of: laughter was only a heartbeat from tears
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  • He can still flip that switch between tough and sweet whenever he likes, moving in a heartbeat from the charm of a soft-spoken choirboy to a teeth-clenched icy grill that would make you throw your wallet at him in fear.
  • Three teenaged boys; one was tightrope-stepping along the balustrade, smoking a cigarette, a heartbeat from the long spill.
  • I think because I often felt quite dark and brooding may have had a little to do with it, or possibly because it was only a heartbeat from Christmas, even when days lasted as long as they did.
in a heartbeat
Instantly; immediately: I’d do it again in a heartbeat
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  • Drop-dead gorgeous, she has the amazing ability to go from incredibly sweet to incredibly deadly in a heartbeat.
  • A tornado could take everything I own in a heartbeat.
  • The only reason I even went to work was for money, otherwise I would have quit in a heartbeat.

Words that rhyme with heartbeat

backbeat • deadbeat
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