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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
heartbeat
noun
COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS
■ ADJECTIVE
irregular
▪ King's health Hussein was treated in hospital in Amman on June 11-13 for an irregular heartbeat.
▪ Put simply, cardiac arrhythmia is an irregular heartbeat.
▪ The irregular heartbeat of battle was distant as yet but throbbing closer.
▪ Two years ago, she was hospitalized because of an irregular heartbeat.
▪ Large amounts of strong coffee can cause insomnia and, in extreme cases, palpitations and irregular heartbeats.
■ VERB
feel
▪ Her lips were parted and he could feel her heartbeat against his chest.
▪ Here is caught and held the free feeling. the very heartbeat of life itself.
▪ Vincent felt his heartbeat quicken, and tightened his grip on Lily's hand.
hear
▪ Others seem to hear your heartbeat and remain in a constant state of nervous tension.
▪ She hears the heartbeat that used to soothe her, feels the breathing that used to rock her.
▪ She heard her own heartbeat, alarmingly rapid, and she heard the sea in her ears.
▪ She could hear her own heartbeat, feel her own mouth-drying fear.
EXAMPLES FROM OTHER ENTRIES
▪ A baby's heartbeat is nearly twice as fast as an adult's.
EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS
▪ In addition to being the seat of consciousness and awareness, the brain controls heartbeat, breathing, and other life-support systems.
▪ It opens rather clinically, with a sound-and-vision sequence featuring heartbeats, hospital interiors and instruments and a how-its-done Idiot's Guide.
▪ Put simply, cardiac arrhythmia is an irregular heartbeat.
▪ She turned her hot face into the pillows and tried to get some sort of control over her heartbeats.
▪ Within a week, the fetus's heartbeat had returned to normal.
The Collaborative International Dictionary
heartbeat

heartbeat \heartbeat\ n. the audible and palpable rhythmic contraction and expansion of the arteries with each beat of the heart; as, he listened to her heartbeat with a stethoscope.

Syn: pulse, pulsation, beat.

in a heartbeat immediately.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
heartbeat

1850, from heart + beat (n.). From the beginning used as a figure for "a very brief time."

Wiktionary
heartbeat

n. 1 One pulsation of the heart; especially an irregular one, hence the emotion which causes it. 2 The rhythm at which a heart pulsates, a cardiac indicator 3 A driving impulse or vital force. 4 A very short space of time; an instant. 5 (context computing English) A periodic signal generated by hardware or software to indicate normal operation or to synchronize other parts of a system.

WordNet
heartbeat
  1. n. 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"

Wikipedia
Heartbeat

Heartbeat and heartbeats may refer to:

Heartbeat (UK TV series)

Heartbeat is a British police drama series set in 1960s North Riding of Yorkshire and broadcast on ITV in 18 series between 1992 and 2010. It was made by ITV Studios (formerly Yorkshire Television) at the Leeds Studios and on location. Heartbeat first aired on Friday 10 April 1992 (it was later moved to Sunday evenings). The 372nd and final episode aired on Sunday 12 September 2010.

Heartbeat proved popular from the beginning, when early series consistently drew over 10 million viewers. In its first year, Heartbeat averaged 14.5 million viewers and was regularly in the top five TV programmes across all British channels. In 2001, Heartbeat came sixth in the UK TV ratings list with a peak audience of 13.82 million, and it was sixth again in 2003, with 12.8 million viewers. In autumn 2008, typical viewing figures were around 6 million per episode.

Originally conceived as a vehicle for Nick Berry, on whom early series centred, the show has seen many characters come and go over the years. The final series starred Derek Fowlds, William Simons, Tricia Penrose, David Lonsdale, Peter Benson, Steven Blakeley, John Duttine, Gwen Taylor, Lisa Kay, Clare Wille, Joe McFadden, Rupert Ward-Lewis, and Nikki Sanderson. Derek Fowlds and William Simons were the only main-cast actors who remained with the show over its entire 18-series run.

Heartbeat (King Crimson song)

"Heartbeat" is a song by the band King Crimson, released as a single in 1982. The song was recorded by King Crimson guitarist and singer Adrian Belew for his 1990 solo album, Young Lions. In the beginning of the music video there is a stream of faces blending into one another, one of the earliest examples of the dissolving/morphing technique which would later be employed in Godley & Creme's " Cry" and Michael Jackson's " Black or White".

Heartbeat (novel)

Heartbeat is a 2004 children's book by Sharon Creech, published by Bloomsbury Publishing Plc. It is aimed at children aged 10 and above.

Like Love That Dog, the book is written in free verse, which alters according to both the subject and the main character's mood.

Heartbeat (Wire song)

"Heartbeat" is a song written by Colin Newman and originally recorded and released in 1978 by the English rock band Wire on their second album Chairs Missing. Guest Kate Lukas played flute on the track.

The song was not uncommon as either an opener or a closer of Wire's live sets at the time. Producer Mike Thorne has called it the band's "first overt love song".

Heartbeat (Don Johnson album)

Heartbeat is an album released by American television actor Don Johnson in September 1986 on Epic Records. In the United States, the album reached #17 on the Billboard 200 album chart in October 1986 and was certified Gold by the RIAA in November 1986. The title track became a top 5 hit, peaking at #5 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart.

In 1998, the album was reissued by Razor & Tie with six additional tracks from Johnson's follow-up LP, Let It Roll.

Heartbeat (Curtis Mayfield album)

Heartbeat is an album by Curtis Mayfield. This 1979 offering mixed disco rhythms with soul balladeering. Future Temptation Ron Tyson contributed to some of the songwriting and production. "Tell Me, Tell Me (How Ya Like to be Loved)" was remixed for a 12" by Fred Breitberg and Michael Hearn and the duet with Linda Clifford "Between You Baby and Me", edited as a single, was also issued on The right combination, an album of duets between both singers released in 1980. It's the first Mayfield album he didn't produce entirely: Norman Harris and Ronald Tyson produced two songs, Bunny Sigler three and Mayfield three. He wrote and produced an additional song, "Tomorrow night for sure", that surfaced in 1990 on the collection Of All Time / Classic Collection. Not on the original LP, "Tomorrow night for sure" is also available on the Japanese re-issue of Heartbeat as an additional track (1998) and on an expanded British CD re-issue of 'The right combination'' (1999).

Heartbeat (Buddy Holly song)

"Heartbeat" is a rockabilly song credited to Bob Montgomery and Norman Petty and originally recorded by Buddy Holly in 1958. The B-side of the single was "Well... All Right" (Buddy Holly, Norman Petty, Jerry Allison, Joe Mauldin).

Heartbeat (disambiguation)
Heartbeat (company)

Heartbeat (sometimes Heart Beat) was a Japanese video game developer, famous for developing the sixth and seventh installments of the Dragon Quest series. Heartbeat also developed a remake of Dragon Quest IV. Plans to localize this remake in North America were halted when the employees of Heartbeat decided to take a sabbatical. The company stated its reason was "the raise of development costs", despite the massive financial success of its games. The company no longer exists but several of its members have created Genius Sonority, a company that develops games for Nintendo.

Heartbeat (Annie song)

"Heartbeat" is a pop song written by Röyksopp and Norwegian singer Annie for Annie's 2004 debut album Anniemal. It was released with the title "My Heart Beat" as the album's second single in November 2004 (see 2004 in music). The lyrics of "Heartbeat" describe finding new love at a nightclub, surrounded by close friends. The song received acclaim from music critics.

"Heartbeat" was listed at #1 on Pitchfork Media's top 50 singles of 2004 and at #17 on its list of the top 500 songs of the 2000s. It was also featured in two scenes of Melissa P, an Italian movie based on the writer's first novel.

Heartbeat (Scouting for Girls song)

"Heartbeat" is a song by British band Scouting For Girls and the third single taken from their self-titled debut album. Its physical release was on 7 April 2008 and it peaked at #10 on the UK Singles Chart. It was nominated for Best British Single at the 2009 BRIT Awards.

Heartbeat (Don Johnson song)

"Heartbeat" is a 1986 song by Don Johnson. It was released as a single and included on the album of the same name. It became an international hit, peaking at #5 on the Billboard Hot 100, and charting highly in many European countries. Segments of the song were sampled in the dance tune, "Heartbeat" by Scottish producer, Grum. The track appears on the video game Grand Theft Auto V in 2013.

The song was also recorded by Helen Reddy and was a track on her 1983 MCA album " Imagination".

Heartbeat (Taana Gardner song)

"Heartbeat" is a 1981 dance single by Taana Gardner. It was arranged by Dennis Weeden and Kenton Nix, and released by West End Records, with the more famous club mix created by Larry Levan. It reached US Billboard R&B at #10, US Billboard Dance charts at #6. It has sold over 800,000 copies.

Heartbeat (Late of the Pier song)

"Heartbeat" is a song by British rock group Late of the Pier. It was released as a single on the 4 August 2008. It is the first Late of the Pier song to chart, coming in at number 98 in the UK Singles Chart. It is notable for its time signatures, alternating between 4/4 and 7/8 timing. The song was previously known to fans as "7beat", and was titled "Heatbeat, Flicker, Line" on the band's Zarcorp Demo.

Heartbeat (1946 film)

Heartbeat is a 1946 American romantic drama film directed by Sam Wood and starring Ginger Rogers.

Heartbeat (Sakamoto album)

Heartbeat is the ninth solo studio album by Ryuichi Sakamoto, released in 1991 by Virgin Records.

Heartbeat (Jimmy Somerville song)

"Heartbeat" is the title of a 1995 song by Scottish pop singer-songwriter Jimmy Somerville, formerly the lead vocalist of the bands Bronski Beat and Communards.

Released as a single from his second solo album Dare to Love (1995), "Heartbeat" peaked at #24 on the UK singles chart in February of that year. The song also topped the U.S. Hot Dance Club Play for one week in April 1995, becoming Somerville's first (and, to date, only) solo #1 on that chart.

Backing vocals on the song are performed by Shawn Christopher and Yvonne Gage, both of whom are noted dance music singers in their own rights.

Heartbeat (1993 film)

Heartbeat, also known as Danielle Steel's Heartbeat, is a 1993 television movie directed by Michael Miller and written by Jan Worthington based upon the 1991 novel of the same name by Danielle Steel for NBC. The film tells of a man who was abused as a child and, as a result, has no interest in having children of his own. When Adrian reveals to her husband that she is pregnant, her husband pressures her to have an abortion. Adrian rebuffs her husband's orders and he neglects her. The showrunner and Adrian's boss for the soap opera she writes and produces becomes romantically involved with her, eventually marrying her and helping Adrian raise her baby. John Ritter stars as the television producer, Polly Draper as Adrian, and Kevin Kilner portrays Adrian's husband.

According to Hal Erickson, of Rovi, "the film was heavily criticized by time of its release, often called a 'yuppie love story.' " It also received an Emmy Award nomination in 1993 for Outstanding Individual Achievement in Costuming for a Mini Series or a Special.

Heartbeat (2PM song)

"Heartbeat" is a song by K-pop band 2PM. It was released on November 10, 2009, as the lead single for 01:59PM. The song peaked at No. 1 on the Gaon Chart.

Heartbeat (Enrique Iglesias song)

"Heartbeat" is a song by Spanish recording artist Enrique Iglesias. The song was written by Iglesias, along with his long-term collaborators Jamie Scott and Mark Taylor, for his ninth studio album Euphoria (2010). The mid-tempo ballad, produced by Taylor, features guest vocals from American recording artist Nicole Scherzinger. The song has a melody based on futuristic piano sounds and incorporates elements of dance music. The Rudi Wells' Open Heart Remix of the song later appeared on Scherzinger's debut studio album Killer Love (2011).

The song was released as the album's third overall single, though it is the second English-language single, on 8 June 2010 in the United States and later in October 2010 France and the United Kingdom. Critics praised the song for the way that Iglesias and Scherzinger's voices complimented each other. An accompanying music video features the pair in emotive mood-lit scenes, where digitally produced colored heartbeats react as they interact with each and the lyrics of the song. Another version of the song titled as "Heartbeat (India Mix)" featuring Indian singer Sunidhi Chauhan was included on a Special Indian Edition of Euphoria.

Heartbeat (Ruby Lin album)

Heartbeat is Ruby Lin's first album. Lin began a singing career with a five track EP in 1999. It released in Hong Kong first amongst Asian countries. Its first single "Heartbeat" is only one Cantonese song in this album.

HeartBeat (1988 TV series)

HeartBeat is an American television series in the medical drama genre. The series aired for two seasons on ABC from March 1988 to April 1989.

Heartbeat (Sarah Engels album)

Heartbeat is the debut album from German singer and runner-up of Deutschland sucht den Superstar, Sarah Engels. It was released on June 24, 2011 and produced by Dieter Bohlen. The first single released from the album " Call My Name" was released on 7 May 2011, the following second single " I Miss You" was released on 17 June 2011.

Heartbeat (The Fray song)

"Heartbeat" is the first single from The Fray's third album Scars & Stories. The band premiered the song while opening for U2 on their U2 360° Tour in May 2011. The song was released for airplay on October 8, 2011, and was released for download in the United States on iTunes on October 11, 2011.

Heartbeat (Childish Gambino song)

"Heartbeat" is a song by American hip hop artist Childish Gambino. It was written and produced by Ludwig Gorannson and Gambino himself. It was released as the second single and reached 18 on the Billboard Bubbling Under Hot 100 - the song was released as the first official single from the album in the UK on April 23, 2012. On February 10, 2012 the music video for Heartbeat was posted up on VEVO.

Heartbeat (2011 film)

Heartbeat is a 2011 South Korean film about human organ trade. The film revolves around Yeon-hee, a widow hoping for a heart transplant for her daughter. When she hears that Hwi-do's mother had a traumatic fall and is now brain-dead, Yeon-hee eagerly attempts to purchase the heart. But Hwi-do refuses until he can find out more about what led to the fall.

Starring Kim Yunjin and Park Hae-il in the lead roles, it is the directorial debut of Yoon Jae-keun, who previously wrote Hello, Schoolgirl (2008). The film had a total of 1,032,942 admissions nationwide.

Heartbeat (2012 film)

Heartbeat is a 2012 Austrian short film directed by Romana Carén, about a happily married couple learning about a life changing diagnosis. The film is based on the stage play "Wintervögel" which had its world premiere in 2010 at the Theater Drachengasse.

Heartbeat (Tainai Kaiki II)

"Heartbeat (Tainai Kaiki II)" is a collaboration between Ryuichi Sakamoto and David Sylvian, with music co-written by Arto Lindsay.

Heartbeat (series 1–5)

The following is a list of episodes for the British ITV period police drama Heartbeat. The programme first aired on Friday, 10 April 1992 and 18 series have so far been aired. The first series broadcast on a Friday.

372 episodes of Heartbeat have aired, which includes 9 Christmas episodes.

Heartbeat (series 6–10)

The following is a list of episodes for the British ITV period police drama Heartbeat. The programme first aired on Friday 10 April 1992 and 18 series have so far been aired. The first series broadcast on a Friday.

372 episodes of Heartbeat have aired, which includes 9 Christmas episodes.

Heartbeat (series 11–15)

The following is a list of episodes for the British ITV period police drama Heartbeat. The programme first aired on Friday 10 April 1992 and 18 series have so far been aired. The first series broadcast on a Friday.

372 episodes of Heartbeat have aired, which includes 9 Christmas episodes.

Heartbeat (series 16–18)

The following is a list of episodes for the British ITV period police drama Heartbeat. The programme first aired on Friday 10 April 1992 and 18 series have so far been aired. The first series broadcast on a Friday.

372 episodes of Heartbeat have aired, which is 9 Christmas episodes.

Heartbeat (The Oak Ridge Boys album)

Heartbeat is the 13th country studio album by the American country music group The Oak Ridge Boys, released via MCA Records in 1987. The album includes the singles "Time In" and "True Heart". The album reached number 20 on Top Country Albums.

"Love Without Mercy" was later a top 10 hit for Lee Roy Parnell in 1992.

Heartbeat (computing)

In computer science, a heartbeat is a periodic signal generated by hardware or software to indicate normal operation or to synchronize other parts of a system. Usually a heartbeat is sent between machines at a regular interval in the order of seconds. If a heartbeat isn't received for a time—usually a few heartbeat intervals—the machine that should have sent the heartbeat is assumed to have failed.

Heartbeat (Bad Boys Blue album)

Heart Beat is the second studio album of German band Bad Boys Blue released on October 19, 1986 by Coconut Records. The album includes two international hits: "I Wanna Hear Your Heartbeat (Sunday Girl)" and "Kisses And Tears (My One And Only)". Three singles were also released from the record. Sometimes the name of the album is spelled as Heartbeat.

Heartbeat (series 1–10)

The following is a list of episodes for the British ITV period police drama Heartbeat. The programme first aired on Friday 10 April 1992 and 18 series were transmitted. The first series broadcast on a Friday in the 9 pm slot, where as series 2-18 all aired on Sunday evenings before the 9 pm watershed.

174 episodes of Heartbeat were aired between 1992 and 2001.

Heartbeat (series 11–18)

The following is a list of episodes for the British ITV period police drama Heartbeat. The programme first aired on Friday 10 April 1992 and 18 series have so far been aired. The first series broadcast on a Friday,

372 episodes of Heartbeat have aired, which includes 9 Christmas episodes.

Heartbeat (Wilkinson song)

"Heartbeat" is a song by the British record producer Wilkinson, featuring vocals from English grime MC P Money and English singer-songwriter Arlissa. It was released on 26 July 2013, through RAM Records, as the third single from his debut album Lazers Not Included. The song has peaked at number 169 on the UK Singles Chart and number 36 on the UK Dance Chart.

Heartbeat (Can-linn song)

"Heartbeat" is a song by Irish group Can-Linn featuring Irish singer Kasey Smith. The song is written by Jonas Gladnikoff, Rasmus Palmgren, Patrizia Helander and Hazel Kaneswaran. It was chosen to represent Ireland at the Eurovision Song Contest 2014 in Denmark.

The song competed in the second semi-final but failed to qualify to the final.

Heartbeat (Da' T.R.U.T.H. album)

Heartbeat is the seventh studio album from Christian hip hop recording artist Da' T.R.U.T.H., released on April 15, 2014 by Da' T.R.U.T.H.'s own label, Mixed Bag Records. It features artists such as Braille, Capital Kings, Chris August, Lecrae, Papa San, and Tedashii, and production by Black Knight, DJ Corbett, Justin Ebach, Jordin Endow, Epikh Pro, J.R., Joseph Love, Alex Medina, Carlin Muccular and S1.

Heartbeat (Nina Sky song)

"Heartbeat" is a song by American twins duo Nina Sky. It was released as a second single from their third studio album Nicole and Natalie on June 14, 2012. The song is released independently through their official website. Music video for the song is released on July 27, 2012, four days before the album's release. Later, Heartbeat: Remixes, a remix EP, was also released.

Heartbeat (2014 film)

Heartbeat is a 2014 Canadian drama film written and directed by Andrea Dorfman. It was screened in the Contemporary World Cinema section at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival. The film stars poet and musician Tanya Davis as Justine, an unfulfilled advertising copywriter who dreams of becoming a musician but struggles with stage fright.

Heartbeat (2016 TV series)

Heartbeat (formerly Heartbreaker during production) is an American medical drama television series based on the real life of Dr. Kathy Magliato, as described in her book Heart Matters. It stars Melissa George as Alex Panttiere, a world-renowned heart-transplant surgeon at the fictional St. Matthew's Hospital in Los Angeles, who struggles to balance her personal and professional life. The series premiered on March 22, 2016, on NBC. On May 13, 2016 NBC canceled the series after one season.

Heartbeat (Margaret song)

"Heartbeat" is a single by Polish singer Margaret. The song was released as the third single from the album Add the Blonde on February 23, 2015. It was written by Margaret and Joakim Buddee.

The single reached number 11 on the Polish Airplay Chart.

Heartbeat (1938 film)

Heartbeat'' (French:Le schpountz'') is a 1938 French comedy film directed by Marcel Pagnol and starring Fernandel, Orane Demazis and Fernand Charpin. It was remade in 1999 as Le schpountz.

A bored young shop worker is mesmerised when he sees a film crew working nearby. Being naïve he is encouraged by them to believe he is a born actor who can become a brilliant star, and he heads for Paris.

Heartbeat (Carrie Underwood song)

"Heartbeat" is a song recorded by American singer and songwriter Carrie Underwood from her fifth studio album, Storyteller. It was written by Underwood, Ashley Gorley and the song's producer, Zach Crowell. Country singer Sam Hunt sings backing vocals on the track. The song was released to the radio by Arista Nashville on November 30, 2015 as the album's second single, after " Smoke Break". Musically, "Heartbeat" is a country pop and a R&B song with lyrics that relate to the feeling of intimacy experienced by being alone with one's lover. It appears to be inspired by Underwood's marriage to Mike Fisher.

"Heartbeat" was met with positive reviews from music critics and became a commercial success. It reached number one on the Billboard Country Airplay chart, becoming Underwood's 14th leader on the chart, widening her record for the most number-one's among women in the history of the chart. It also topped the Billboard Canada Country chart.

The song received its first televised performance on the twelfth season of The X Factor on November 29, 2015. Underwood has since performed the song live on television at the 2015 American Music Awards and at the 58th Grammy Awards (along with Hunt).

Heartbeat (G.E.M. album)

Heartbeat is the fifth studio album of Hong Kongese singer-songwriter. GEM. It was officially released on November 6, 2015, by Hummingbird Music. The album had gone through three years of production and it is G.E.M.'s first album to have all songs written by her and be accompanied by official music videos.

Heartbeat (Jeremy Rosado album)

Heartbeat is the first studio album from Jeremy Rosado. Save the City Records released the album on August 28, 2015.

Heartbeat (Justs song)

"Heartbeat" is a song performed by Latvian singer Justs. The song represented Latvia in the Eurovision Song Contest 2016, and was written by previous Latvian Eurovision entrant Aminata Savadogo. The song was released as a digital download on 3 February 2016 through Aminata Music.

Usage examples of "heartbeat".

Nefar on one side and Akan on the other, the three of us with breaths suspended and heartbeats stilled with the thrill, the awe of what we were witnessing.

For a heartbeat it was as though all of creation had stilled, then came a soft whisper of wind.

Instinctively he leaned forward to squeeze her hand, a calming pressure to bring his own asynchronous heartbeats under control.

Over the pounding of his heartbeat Larry heard the camera make brief, whiny buzzing sounds as its autofocus made adjustments.

A heartbeat later, a burst of automatic weapons fire threw the muscular amazon back against the fence, where the barbed razor-wire held her bullet-riddled body erect even after her spirit was driven from her flesh.

The analogy made him smile even as the taste of metal hit his tongue again because of the irregular heartbeat.

Thus, the sympathetic nerve fibers act to accelerate the heartbeat, dilate the pupil of the eye and the bronchi of the lungs, and inhibit the activity of the smooth muscles of the alimentary canal.

The parasympathetic nerve fibers, on the other hand, act to slow the heartbeat, contract the pupil of the eye and the bronchi of the lungs and stimulate the activity of the alimentary canal muscles.

Within a dozen heartbeats we had cleared a path to the cagework house.

The chimes grew faster, harsher, they clamored in a single note that throbbed, a heartbeat of brass.

Half a heartbeat behind, Galba, Corvus and the attending clerks laughed with him.

She glanced at Tris once, their eyes held for a heartbeat, then she looked back at Crofton and his drunken pack.

Spoke to crossbeam, crossbeam to spoke, spoke to crossbeam again, she descended, but my galloping heartbeat was not reigned in even when she was down far enough to eliminate the threat of a killing fall.

A pacemaker threaded into her heart from a cutdown in her groin restored a heartbeat of sorts, but the prognosis was not good.

And, all of a sudden, the drumming matched her own thudding heartbeat, and the little instrument in her hand suddenly came alive, not merely humming in harmony with the ceremony but awake, speaking in the same tones as her heartbeat as if actually drummed by the blood in her veins.