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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The action of pulsating.
  • noun A single beat, throb, or vibration.

from The Century Dictionary.

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

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

Etymologies

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Latin pulsatio ("a beating or striking").

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