from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun The chambered muscular organ in vertebrates that pumps blood received from the veins into the arteries, thereby maintaining the flow of blood through the entire circulatory system.
- noun A similarly functioning structure in invertebrates.
- noun The area that is the approximate location of the heart in the body; the breast.
- noun The vital center and source of one's being, emotions, and sensibilities.
- noun The repository of one's deepest and sincerest feelings and beliefs.
- noun The seat of the intellect or imagination.
- noun Emotional constitution, basic disposition, or character.
- noun One's prevailing mood or current inclination.
- noun Capacity for sympathy or generosity; compassion.
- noun Love; affection.
- noun Courage; resolution; fortitude.
- noun The firmness of will or the callousness required to carry out an unpleasant task or responsibility.
- noun A person esteemed or admired as lovable, loyal, or courageous.
- noun The central or innermost physical part of a place or region.
- noun The core of a plant, fruit, or vegetable, such as a heart of palm.
- noun The most important or essential part.
- noun A conventional two-lobed representation of the heart, usually colored red or pink.
- noun A red, heart-shaped figure on certain playing cards.
- noun A playing card with this figure.
- noun The suit of cards represented by this figure.
- noun A card game in which the object is either to avoid hearts when taking tricks or to take all the hearts.
- transitive verb Slang To have great liking or affection for.
- transitive verb Archaic To encourage; hearten.
- idiom (at heart) In one's deepest feelings; fundamentally.
- idiom (by heart) Learned by rote; memorized word for word.
- idiom (do (one's) heart good) To lift one's spirits; make one happy.
- idiom (bottom/depths) With the deepest appreciation; most sincerely.
- idiom (have (one's) heart in (one's) mouth) To be extremely frightened or anxious.
- idiom (have (one's) heart in the right place) To be well-intentioned.
- idiom (heart and soul) Completely; entirely.
- idiom (in (one's) heart of hearts) In the seat of one's truest feelings.
- idiom (lose (one's) heart to) To fall in love with.
- idiom (near/close to) Loved by or important to one.
- idiom (steal (someone's) heart) To win one's affection or love.
- idiom (take to heart) To take seriously and be affected or troubled by.
- idiom (to (one's) heart's content) To one's entire satisfaction, without limitation.
- idiom (wear (one's) heart on (one's) sleeve) To show one's feelings clearly and openly by one's behavior.
- idiom (with all (one's) heart) With great willingness or pleasure.
- idiom (with all (one's) heart) With the deepest feeling or devotion.
- idiom (with half a heart) In a halfhearted manner.
from The Century Dictionary.
- noun The principal organ of the circulation of the blood in man and other animals; the physiological center of the blood-vascular system.
- noun The human heart or breast considered as the seat of all or of some of the mental faculties; hence, in common figurative use, these faculties themselves.
- noun The intellectual faculties; especially, inmost or most private thought; innermost opinions or convictions; genuine or intense desire or sentiment: as, she despised him in her heart; the heart of a man is unsearchable; the devices of the heart; to set one's heart upon something.
from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
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Oh and the other day, we were sat in R. S [I have to sit right next to her * rolls eyes*] and she took this pink heart shaped piece of paper out of her organiser, it had I * heart* A. G written on it.
fuct-up-girl Diary Entry fuct-up-girl 2004
If you will put health into my flesh, joy into my heart, and life into my whole frame, be of _one heart_ and of _one soul_.
Fletcher of Madeley Brigadier Margaret Allen
He answers with exact fidelity to these inward drawings, either by an elevation of his heart towards GOD, or by a meek and fond regard to Him, or by such words as love forms upon these occasions, as for instance, _My God, here I am all devoted to Thee_: LORD, _make me according to Thy heart_.
The Practice of the Presence of God the Best Rule of a Holy Life of the Resurrection Lawrence
It is apparently a lurking disposition to induce men to discharge the duties of beneficence, without laying their hearts on the altar of God, and keeping them perpetually burning there; whereas Christ requires the _heart_, and the heart _always_; and then that conduct which inevitably bursts from a consecrated soul.
Ruskin, from whom we continue to quote, says: It never stops at crusts or ashes, or outward images of any kind, but ploughing them all aside, plunges at once into the very central fiery heart; its function and gift are the getting at the root; its nature and dignity depend on its holding things always _by the heart_.
She had a generous heart, capable of great enterprises, and I do not doubt that she has left to you, her daughters, her _mind_ as well as her _heart_.
_ _State of being heart with heart_; harmony; agreement.
Aye, He had a _world_ heart, He had _a human heart_.
_I_ drove those two people to despair, because I thought something was wrong that they thought right, I should never have any happiness in my heart -- my _own heart_ -- again.
The Coryston Family A Novel Humphry Ward 1885
Palamon's appeal to his kinsman for a last word, "if his heart, _his worthy, manly heart_" (an exact and typical example of Fletcher's tragically prosaic and prosaically tragic dash of incurable commonplace),
A Study of Shakespeare Algernon Charles Swinburne 1873