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noun [countable] pulse pronunciation in British English /pʌls/
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  1. 1
    [usually singular] medical the regular movement of blood as the heart pumps it round the body

    She felt his wrist, checking for a pulse.

    1. 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. 2
    an amount of physical energy, for example electricity, light, or sound, that something produces for a short time
  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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