There are 2 definitions of pulse in English:

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noun

  • 1A rhythmical throbbing of the arteries as blood is propelled through them, typically as felt in the wrists or neck: the doctor found a faint pulse the idea was enough to set my pulse racing
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    • She could see the blood in his pulse just near his neck.
    • If your doctor has told you that you have a narrowed carotid artery, check your pulse at your wrist.
    • First he checks the pulse of my left wrist, then the pulse from my right wrist.
    Synonyms
  • 1.1Each successive throb of the arteries or heart.
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    • The blood vessels that carry newly oxygenated blood from the lungs back to the heart pulse.
    • His heart pounded in slow pulses, yet he couldn't move.
    • She could hear the dying pulses of people's hearts somewhere nearby.
  • 2A single vibration or short burst of sound, electric current, light, or other wave: a pulse of gamma rays [as modifier]: a pulse generator
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    • A short pulse or wave of electromagnetic radiation is transmitted from the system into the ground.
    • Although short pulses of radio waves briefly disturb this spin alignment, the spins promptly realign in the direction of the magnetic field.
    • The researchers used laser pulses to produce a wave packet that contained the outer electron of a lithium atom and traveled around the nucleus on an elongated elliptical orbit.
    Synonyms
    burst, blast, spurt, eruption, impulse, surge
    informal splurt
  • 2.1A musical beat or other regular rhythm.
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    • Chapter Three is about rhythm, pulse, timing and musical structure.
    • Featuring a funereal organ line and a weak pulse of a drum beat, ‘Let It Die’ yields one of the album's stillest moments.
    • They fall into the basket, the correct notation shows, a click track plays four preparatory pulses, then the rhythm.
    Synonyms
    rhythm, beat, rhythmical flow/pattern, measure, metre, tempo, cadence
  • 3The central point of energy and organization in an area or activity: those close to the financial and economic pulse maintain that there have been fundamental changes
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    • Pease and Grzybowski developed an approach that incorporated pulses of nesting activity by allowing the number of active nests to fluctuate throughout the breeding season.
    • Los Angeles has long been one of the critical pulses of the economic and cultural condition of twentieth-century capitalism.
    • The individual with one hand on the pulse of the organization and the other hand on the purse.
  • 4 Biochemistry A measured amount of an isotopic label given to a culture of cells.
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    • After the pulse, the cell repolarized uniformly to the plateau potential.
    • If the cells or islets were not synchronized we would observe a flat, averaged signal even though the single cells and islets released insulin in pulses.
    • These data indicate that submicrosecond pulses achieve temporally distinct effects on living cells compared to microsecond pulses.

verb

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  • 2 [with object] Modulate (a wave or beam) so that it becomes a series of pulses: the current was pulsed (as adjective pulsed) pulsed outputs
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    • Fluoroscopy uses a continuous or pulsed X-ray beam to create moving images of a working body structure or process.
    • The subjects, while still legible, appear to dematerialize into pulsing waves of contrastingly colored parallel lines.
    • Active ground-based remote sensing uses pulsed electromagnetic radiation sources such as lasers and radars to probe atmospheric structure.
  • 2.1Apply a pulsed signal to (a device): a loudspeaker pulsed by a capacitor discharge
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    • The first laser was built by Maiman4 in 1960 by pulsing intense light from a flash lamp onto a ruby rod to stimulate emission in the visible spectrum.
    • In the AC controller, for each phase you need one set of transistors to pulse the voltage and another set to reverse the polarity.
    • A lone vessel off their starboard, not much larger than them, was pulsing its engine to generating an area in which FTL engines could not be used.
  • 2.2 Biochemistry short for pulse-label.
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    • Between FBP pulses the ADP level rises and lowers the plateau fraction.
    • Recently, high-resolution pulsed EPR techniques have been developed that can reveal detailed information on the environment of the paramagnetic transition metals.
    • PIE is the use of two or more pulsed excitation sources, alternated with sufficient delay that all the emitted photons from one laser pulse are detected before the next pulse of a different color arrives.

Phrases

feel (or take) the pulse of

Determine the heart rate of (someone) by feeling and timing the pulsation of an artery: a nurse came in and took his pulse
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  • Or if you feel the pulse of this person, it is not pulsating.
Ascertain the general mood or opinion of: the conference will be an opportunity to feel the pulse of those working in the field
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  • Pollsters taking the pulse of the general population use publicly available lists of phone numbers or addresses and randomly sample the nation.
  • I was hoping to get a feel for the flow of the votes, to take the pulse of the beating heart that is the life force of American Democracy.
  • Organizations that stop to take the pulse of changing times and adjust their course are better able to move into new periods of growth and prosperity.

Derivatives

pulseless

adjective
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  • An intravenous bolus of amiodarone 300 mg should be considered when the patient has ventricular fibrillation or when pulseless ventricular tachycardia does not respond to three shocks.
  • However, these guidelines list amiodarone as being only ‘possibly effective’ for the treatment of refractory pulseless ventricular tachycardia or ventricular fibrillation.
  • His condition eventually deteriorated to pulseless electrical activity and ventricular tachycardia.

Origin

late Middle English: from Latin pulsus 'beating', from pellere 'to drive, beat'.

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There are 2 definitions of pulse in English:

pulse2

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Pronunciation: /pʌls
 
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noun

  • 1The edible seed of a leguminous plant, for example a chickpea, lentil, or bean: use pulses such as peas and lentils to eke out meat dishes
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    • Magnesium-rich foods that may help to build bone include green leafy vegetables, nuts, seeds, beans and pulses.
    • Now, new research suggests that a diet high in fruits and vegetables, including spinach, beans and pulses, olive oil and fish helps in the treatment of the joint condition rheumatoid arthritis too.
    • Used as a dried pulse, mung beans need no soaking, cook relatively quickly, have a good flavour, and are easily digestible: a collection of merits which few other legumes can match.
  • 1.1A plant producing pulses.
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    • They will also help to widen the food security basket through inclusion of local grains like millets, pulses, oilseeds and tubers.
    • Biomass losses from pulses of heavy canopy tree mortality may have consequences for ecosystem resilience.
    • The second is green manuring, which can be done with 20 plants, including cereals, pulses, oilseeds and spices.

Origin

Middle English: from Old French pols, from Latin puls 'porridge of meal or pulse'; related to pollen.

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