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noun [countable] pulse pronunciation in American English /pʌls/
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  1. 1
    [usually singular] medical the regular movement of blood as the heart pumps it around the body
    She felt his wrist, checking for a pulse.
    1. a.
      the rate of someones 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. 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 waves
  3. 3
    mainly literary a sudden strong feeling that affects you for a short time
    pulse of: a pulse of desire


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