pulse

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English[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From Latin pulsus (beat), from pellere (to drive), from Proto-Indo-European *pel (to drive, strike, thrust).

For spelling, the -e (on -lse) is so the end is pronounced /ls/, rather than /lz/ as in pulls, and does not change the vowel (‘u’). Compare else, false, convulse.

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pulse (plural pulses)

  1. (physiology) A normally regular beat felt when arteries are depressed, caused by the pumping action of the heart.
  2. A beat or throb.
    • (Can we date this quote?) Tennyson
      the measured pulse of racing oars
    • (Can we date this quote?) Burke
      When the ear receives any simple sound, it is struck by a single pulse of the air, which makes the eardrum and the other membranous parts vibrate according to the nature and species of the stroke.
  3. (music) The beat or tactus of a piece of music.
  4. An autosoliton.
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pulse (third-person singular simple present pulses, present participle pulsing, simple past and past participle pulsed)

  1. To beat, to throb, to flash.
    In the dead of night, all was still but the pulsing light.
  2. To flow, particularly of blood.
    Hot blood pulses through my veins.
  3. To emit in discrete quantities.

Etymology 2[edit]

From Old French pouls, pols or directly from Latin puls (meal, porridge), probably from Ancient Greek πόλτος (póltos, porridge) from a Proto-Indo-European *pel (dust, flour).

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pulse (plural pulses)

  1. Any annual legume yielding from 1 to 12 grains or seeds of variable size, shape and colour within a pod, and used as food for humans or animals.

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pulse

  1. (archaic) singular present subjunctive of pulsen

Latin[edit]

Participle[edit]

pulse

  1. vocative masculine singular of pulsus

Portuguese[edit]

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pulse

  1. first-person singular present subjunctive of pulsar
  2. third-person singular present subjunctive of pulsar
  3. first-person singular imperative of pulsar
  4. third-person singular imperative of pulsar

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pulse

  1. Formal second-person singular (usted) imperative form of pulsar.
  2. First-person singular (yo) present subjunctive form of pulsar.
  3. Formal second-person singular (usted) present subjunctive form of pulsar.
  4. Third-person singular (él, ella, also used with usted?) present subjunctive form of pulsar.