from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Anatomy 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.
- n. Anatomy A similarly functioning structure in invertebrates.
- n. The area that is the approximate location of the heart in the body; the breast.
- n. The vital center and source of one's being, emotions, and sensibilities.
- n. The repository of one's deepest and sincerest feelings and beliefs: an appeal from the heart; a subject dear to her heart.
- n. The seat of the intellect or imagination: the worst atrocities the human heart could devise.
- n. Emotional constitution, basic disposition, or character: a man after my own heart.
- n. One's prevailing mood or current inclination: We were light of heart.
- n. Capacity for sympathy or generosity; compassion: a leader who seems to have no heart.
- n. Love; affection: The child won my heart.
- n. Courage; resolution; fortitude: The soldiers lost heart and retreated.
- n. The firmness of will or the callousness required to carry out an unpleasant task or responsibility: hadn't the heart to send them away without food.
- n. A person esteemed or admired as lovable, loyal, or courageous: a dear heart.
- n. The central or innermost physical part of a place or region: the heart of the financial district. See Synonyms at center.
- n. The core of a plant, fruit, or vegetable: hearts of palm.
- n. The most important or essential part: get to the heart of the matter.
- n. A conventional two-lobed representation of the heart, usually colored red or pink.
- n. Games A red, heart-shaped figure on certain playing cards.
- n. Games A playing card with this figure.
- n. Games The suit of cards represented by this figure.
- n. Games A card game in which the object is either to avoid hearts when taking tricks or to take all the hearts.
- transitive v. 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 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 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: Don't take my criticism to heart.
- 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 Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A muscular organ that pumps blood through the body, traditionally thought to be the seat of emotion.
- n. Emotions, kindness, moral effort, or spirit in general.
- n. A conventional shape or symbol used to represent the heart, love, or emotion: ♥ or sometimes <3.
- n. A playing card of the suit hearts featuring one or more heart-shaped symbols.
- n. The centre, essence, or core.
- v. To be fond of. Often bracketed or abbreviated with a heart symbol.
- v. To encourage.
- v. To fill an interior with rubble, as a wall or a breakwater.
- v. To form a dense cluster of leaves, a heart, especially of lettuce or cabbage.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A hollow, muscular organ, which, by contracting rhythmically, keeps up the circulation of the blood.
- n. The seat of the affections or sensibilities, collectively or separately, as love, hate, joy, grief, courage, and the like; rarely, the seat of the understanding or will; -- usually in a good sense, when no epithet is expressed; the better or lovelier part of our nature; the spring of all our actions and purposes; the seat of moral life and character; the moral affections and character itself; the individual disposition and character.
- n. The nearest the middle or center; the part most hidden and within; the inmost or most essential part of any body or system; the source of life and motion in any organization; the chief or vital portion; the center of activity, or of energetic or efficient action
- n. Courage; courageous purpose; spirit.
- n. Vigorous and efficient activity; power of fertile production; condition of the soil, whether good or bad.
- n. That which resembles a heart in shape; especially, a roundish or oval figure or object having an obtuse point at one end, and at the other a corresponding indentation, -- used as a symbol or representative of the heart.
- n. One of the suits of playing cards, distinguished by the figure or figures of a heart.
- n. Vital part; secret meaning; real intention.
- n. A term of affectionate or kindly and familiar address.
- transitive v. To give heart to; to hearten; to encourage; to inspirit.
- intransitive v. To form a compact center or heart.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The principal organ of the circulation of the blood in man and other animals; the physiological center of the blood-vascular system.
- n. 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.
- n. 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.
- n. Good feeling; love; kindness; sensibility: as, she is all heart; he is all head and no heart; to gain one's heart; to give the heart to God.
- n. Courage; spirit; determination; firmness of will; capacity for perseverance or endurance: as, to take heart; his heart failed him.
- n. The breast, as covering the heart, considered as the seat of affection.
- n. The inner part of anything; the middle or center: as, the heart of a country or a town.
- n. The chief, vital, or most essential part; the vigorous or efficacious part; the core.
- n. A person, especially a brave or affectionate person: used as a term of encouragement, praise, or endearment.
- n. Strength; power of producing; vigor; fertility: as, to keep the land in heart.
- n. Something that has the shape or form of a heart; especially, a roundish or an oval figure or object having an obtuse point at one end and a corresponding indentation or depression at the other, regarded as representing the figure of a heart; especially, such a figure on a playing-card.
- n. One of a suit of playing-cards marked with such a figure.
- n. plural A game of cards played with the full pack by four persons.
- n. Nautical, a block of hard wood in the shape of a heart for the lanyards of stays to reeve through.
- n. In botany, the core of a tree; the solid central part without sap or albumen. See heart-wood.
- To give heart to; encourage; hearten.
- In masonry, to build, as the interior of a rubble wall, solidly with stone and mortar.
- To form a close, compact head, as a plant; especially, to have the central part of the head close and compact: as, some varieties of cabbage heart well.
- n. An excessive deposit of fat around the heart.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a plane figure with rounded sides curving inward at the top and intersecting at the bottom; conventionally used on playing cards and valentines
- n. an area that is approximately central within some larger region
- n. a firm rather dry variety meat (usually beef or veal)
- n. the choicest or most essential or most vital part of some idea or experience
- n. a playing card in the major suit that has one or more red hearts on it
- n. the hollow muscular organ located behind the sternum and between the lungs; its rhythmic contractions move the blood through the body
- n. a positive feeling of liking
- n. the locus of feelings and intuitions
- n. the courage to carry on
- n. an inclination or tendency of a certain kind
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.
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_.
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_.
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_.
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_.
_ _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.
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),