|Origin:||pouls, from Latin pulsus 'beating', past participle of pellere 'to hit'|
|Origin:||pouls 'porridge', from Latin puls|
heart[countable usually singular]
the regular beat that can be felt, for example at your wrist, as your heart pumps blood around your body [↪ heartbeat]:
The doctor listened to his breathing and checked his pulse.
His breathing was shallow and his pulse was weak.
find/detect a pulse (=check that someone is alive by trying to feel the beat of their pulse)
In an emergency it can be difficult to find a pulse.
She felt his neck. There was no pulse.
a strong regular beat in music:
music[uncountable and countable]C
the distant pulse of a steel band
an amount of sound, light, or electricity that continues for a very short time
the ideas, feelings, or opinions that are most important to a particular group of people or have the greatest influence on them at a particular time:
Clinton had an uncanny ability to sense the pulse of the nation.
seeds such as beans, peas, and lentils that you can eat