AskDefine | Define heartbeat

Dictionary Definition



1 the rhythmic contraction and expansion of the arteries with each beat of the heart; "he could feel the beat of her heart" [syn: pulse, pulsation, beat]
2 a very short time (as the time it takes the eye blink or the heart to beat); "if I had the chance I'd do it in a flash" [syn: blink of an eye, flash, instant, jiffy, split second, trice, twinkling, wink, New York minute]
3 an animating or vital unifying force; "New York is the commercial heartbeat of America"

User Contributed Dictionary



From heart + beat.


  1. A rhythmic pulsation of the heart.
    The policeman felt for a heartbeat in vain
  2. A driving impulse or vital force.
    Music is the heartbeat of the people
  3. A very short space of time; an instant.
    The ambulance arrived in a heartbeat
  4. A periodic signal generated by hardware or software to indicate normal operation or to synchronize other parts of a system.


A rhythmic pulsation of the heart
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Extensive Definition

Heartbeat may refer to: In music:
heartbeat in Danish: Heartbeat
heartbeat in German: Heartbeat (Begriffsklärung)
heartbeat in Japanese: ハートビート

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

anima, animating force, arrhythmia, atman, bathmism, beat, beating, beating heart, biological clock, biorhythm, blood, breath, breath of life, divine breath, divine spark, drumming, elan vital, essence of life, flutter, force of life, growth force, heart, heartblood, heartthrob, impulse of life, inspiriting force, jiva, jivatma, life breath, life cycle, life essence, life force, life principle, life process, lifeblood, living force, palpitation, pitapat, pitter-patter, pneuma, prana, pulsation, pulse, rat-a-tat, rataplan, rhythm, seat of life, soul, spark of life, spirit, staccato, tempo, throb, throbbing, vis vitae, vis vitalis, vital energy, vital flame, vital fluid, vital force, vital principle, vital spark, vital spirit
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