Definitions

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  • adj. having no pulse

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Having no pulsation; lifeless.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Having no pulse or pulsation.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. appearing dead; not breathing or having no perceptible pulse

Etymologies

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From pulse + -less.

Examples

  • Through a hole in the roof the smoke from the rifles curled slowly upward in the pulseless air, and now and again a wounded man crawled painfully through the gray.

    THE SUNLANDERS

  • Barleycorn sends his White Logic, the argent messenger of truth beyond truth, the antithesis of life, cruel and bleak as interstellar space, pulseless and frozen as absolute zero, dazzling with the frost of irrefragable logic and unforgettable fact.

    Chapter 35

  • But under it all they were men, penetrating the land of desolation and mockery and silence, puny adventurers bent on colossal adventure, pitting themselves against the might of a world as remote and alien and pulseless as the abysses of space.

    The Trail of Meat

  • The snow fell gently through the pulseless air, not in flakes, but in tiny frost crystals of delicate design.

    An Odyssey of the North

  • But one of the mowing, apelike travesties emitted a wild shriek of madness, and Koolau waited while the shrill cachination was tossed back and forth among the rocky walls and echoed distantly through the pulseless night.

    Koolau the Leper

  • John Barleycorn sends his White Logic, the argent messenger of truth beyond truth, the antithesis of life, cruel and bleak as interstellar space, pulseless and frozen as absolute zero, dazzling with the frost of irrefragable logic and unforgettable fact.

    Raymond Carver

  • Captain Ruda told me that, when a patient is pulseless and not breathing, there are many things, of course, that paramedics can do to try to get the heartbeat again.

    CNN Transcript Jul 28, 2009

  • (NYT, 1/30/06) The question at this point, however, is how many even more serious developments will occur in the Muslim world that the pulseless Bush Administration does not see coming?

    Fred Branfman: President Bush Is Endangering Our Lives - 12. Risking Far Bloodier Future Mideast War

  • Yea - I am totally clueless and pulseless at times.

    Marty Kaplan: Romney Loans Clinton $30 Million, Citing Bin Laden

  • The octogenarian raised his hands to his temples two or three times with an expression of anguish, recoiled tottering, and fell back into an arm-chair, pulseless, voiceless, tearless, with quivering head and lips which moved with a stupid air, with nothing in his eyes and nothing any longer in his heart except a gloomy and profound something which resembled night.

    Les Miserables

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