Definitions

from The American HeritageĀ® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The act of pulsating.
  • n. A single beat, throb, or vibration.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A single beat, throb or vibration
  • n. A recurring increase and decrease of some quantity
  • n. Any touching of another's body wilfully or in anger, constituting battery.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A beating or throbbing, especially of the heart or of an artery, or in an inflamed part; a beat of the pulse.
  • n. A single beat or throb of a series.
  • n. A stroke or impulse by which some medium is affected, as in the propagation of sounds.
  • n. Any touching of another's body willfully or in anger. This constitutes battery.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act or process of pulsating, or beating or throbbing: as, the pulsation of the heart, of an artery, of a tumor.
  • n. A single beat of the heart or a blood-vessel.
  • n. A beat or stroke by which some medium is affected, as in the propagation of sound. See beat, n., 2.
  • n. In law, a beating without pain.

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

  • n. (electronics) a sharp transient wave in the normal electrical state (or a series of such transients)
  • n. the rhythmic contraction and expansion of the arteries with each beat of the heart
  • n. a periodically recurring phenomenon that alternately increases and decreases some quantity

Etymologies

Latin pulsatioĀ ("a beating or striking"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

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  • If I possessed this gentleman's ingenuity I might have whipped up a quick little prank like this in order to go viral on YouTube, however I just sat in the chair staring at the water waiting for a kind of pulsation like Jeff Goldblum in "Jurassic Park."

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  • In order to have interesting performances of choral and orchestral music the conductor must see to it that the performers play or sing all rhythmic figures correctly, that long tones are sustained for their correct duration, and that in general the musical performance be permeated by that steady throb of regular pulsation which is the foundation of all rhythmic coherence.

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  • ~ -- It is the slowest pulsation which is the most vital.

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  • It is the slowest pulsation which is the most vital.

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  • The creative impulse is the pulsation of that original desire to exist, experienced within human consciousness as the drive toward innovation.

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  • This pulsation between materiality and ephemerality -- between the appearance and disappearance of the subject -- make these paintings almost magical.

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  • That Ares still faces serious issues with respect to vibrations and pulsation, or that Orion still faces mass challenges even after the recent crew downsizing, is a result of selection of a design with known issues.

    Ares Troubles Mount - NASA Watch

  • The pulsation of blood, which should be bounding, continues to merely plod along.

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  • They can vary periodically due to the binary motion, the red giant can vary due to pulsation, the stars may be obscured by circumstellar dust, or the light emitted my change due to the formation of giant star spots.

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