- pulse1 [ pʌls ] noun count **1. ) usually singular the regular movement of blood as the heart pumps it around the body:She felt his wrist, checking for a pulse.a ) the rate of someone's pulse, especially the number of movements that you can feel in a minute:I had a pulse of 75.take someone's pulse: The nurse took my pulse.2. ) an amount of physical energy, for example electricity, light, or sound, that something produces for a short time:a star that emits regular pulses of radio wavesa ) a strong regular beat in music3. ) MAINLY LITERARY a sudden strong feeling that affects you for a short time:pulse of: a pulse of desireget/set someone's pulse racing or quicken someone's pulseto make someone feel excitedhave your finger on the pulseto be conscious of new developments in a situationpulsepulse 2 [ pʌls ] verb intransitive1. ) to move with a strong regular movement:A muscle began to pulse in his jaw.a ) to have a strong regular beat:Reggae music pulsed from the speakers.2. ) to fill a person or place with a quality or strong emotion:pulse with: a city pulsing with life
Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.