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Heartbeat   /hˈɑrtbˌit/   Listen

The rhythmic contraction and expansion of the arteries with each beat of the heart.  Synonyms: beat, pulsation, pulse.
A very short time (as the time it takes the eye to blink or the heart to beat).  Synonyms: blink of an eye, flash, instant, jiffy, New York minute, split second, trice, twinkling, wink.
An animating or vital unifying force.

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"Heartbeat" Quotes from Famous Books

... the open door—something that glimmered faintly; and Lefty Joe knew that it was the red head of Donnegan. Donnegan, soft-footed as a shadow among shadows. Donnegan on a blood trail. It lowered the heartbeat of Lefty Joe to a tremendous, slow pulse. In that moment he gave up hope and, resigning himself to die, determined to fight to the last gasp, as became one of his reputation and national celebrity ...
— Gunman's Reckoning • Max Brand

... laid his hand upon his heart. "Too late! Too late!" he groaned. Like a madman he rushed out of the woods, flung himself down the rocky bank and toward his canoe, seized his bag and scrambled back again. Again, and more carefully, he felt for the heartbeat. He thought he could detect a feeble flutter. Hurriedly he seized his flask and, forcing open the closed teeth, poured a few drops of the whiskey down the throat. But there was no attempt to swallow. "We'll try it this way." With swift fingers he filled his syringe with the whiskey ...
— The Doctor - A Tale Of The Rockies • Ralph Connor

... the dizziness passed, he said to himself.... It passed. He opened his eyes and leaned toward his desk, but he stopped suddenly, his right hand flying to his breast. There was a sudden pain there; such a pain as he had never experienced before. It was near his heart. With each heartbeat there came a twisting stab of agony. Presently the spasm passed, and he sank back, pale, shaking, his forehead damp with clammy moisture.... He tried to pull himself together. Perhaps it would be best to summon ...
— Youth Challenges • Clarence B Kelland

Words linked to "Heartbeat" :   moment, periodic event, bit, recurrent event, minute, twinkling, throb, systole, force, pounding, throbbing, diastole, mo, second

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