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noun heartbeat pronunciation in British English /ˈhɑː(r)tˌbiːt/ 
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singularheartbeat
pluralheartbeats
  1. 1
    [countable] the movement or sound of your heart as it makes blood flow round your body

    The doctor listened to my heartbeat.

    an irregular heartbeat

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  2. 2
    [singular] literary a moment
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