Definitions of heart

  1. a positive feeling of liking; "he had trouble expressing the affection he felt"; "the child won everyone's heart" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. the locus of feelings and intuitions; "in your heart you know it is true"; "her story would melt your bosom" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. the choicest or most essential or most vital part of some idea or experience; "the gist of the prosecutor's argument"; "the heart and soul of the Republican Party"; "the nub of the story" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. an area that is approximately central within some larger region; "it is in the center of town"; "they ran forward into the heart of the struggle"; "they were in the eye of the storm" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  5. a plane figure with rounded sides curving inward at the top and intersecting at the bottom; conventionally used on playing cards and valentines; "he drew a heart and called it a valentine" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  6. a playing card in the major suit of hearts; "he led the queen of hearts" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  7. an inclination or tendency of a certain kind; "he had a change of heart" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  8. the courage to carry on; "he kept fighting on pure spunk"; "you haven't got the heart for baseball" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  9. the hollow muscular organ located behind the sternum and between the lungs; its rhythmic contractions pump blood through the body; "he stood still, his heart thumping wildly" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  10. a firm rather dry variety meat (usually beef or veal); "a five-pound beef heart will serve six" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  11. A hollow, muscular organ, which, by contracting rhythmically, keeps up the circulation of the blood. Webster Dictionary DB
  12. 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; as, a good, tender, loving, bad, hard, or selfish heart. Webster Dictionary DB
  13. 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; as, the heart of a country, of a tree, etc. Webster Dictionary DB
  14. Courage; courageous purpose; spirit. Webster Dictionary DB
  15. Vigorous and efficient activity; power of fertile production; condition of the soil, whether good or bad. Webster Dictionary DB
  16. One of a series of playing cards, distinguished by the figure or figures of a heart; as, hearts are trumps. Webster Dictionary DB
  17. Vital part; secret meaning; real intention. Webster Dictionary DB
  18. A term of affectionate or kindly and familiar address. Webster Dictionary DB
  19. To give heart to; to hearten; to encourage; to inspirit. Webster Dictionary DB
  20. To form a compact center or heart; as, a hearting cabbage. Webster Dictionary DB
  21. 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. Webster Dictionary DB
  22. The hollow, muscular organ that maintains the circulation of the blood. Medical Dictionary DB
  23. The organ in animals which causes the blood to circulate through the arteries, etc.; the vital, inner, or chief part of anything; the often assumed seat of the affections and passions; emotion; tenderness; affection; courage; will; spirit; energy; power; resolution; secret thoughts; consclence; one of a suit of cards marked with one or more red hearts. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  24. A hollow muscular organ which receives the blood from the veins and propels it into the arteries. It is divided by a musculo-membranous septum into two halves-right or venous and left or arterial, each of which consists of a receiving chamber (auricle or atrium) and an ejecting chamber (ventricle); the orifices through which the blood enters and leaves the ventricles are provided with valves, the mitral and the aortic for the left ventricle, the tricuspid and the pulmonary for the right ventricle. A practical medical dictionary. By Stedman, Thomas Lathrop. Published 1920.
  25. The organ receiving and sending forth the blood; the circulatory system center. Warner's pocket medical dictionary of today. By William R. Warner. Published 1898.
  26. The organ that circulates the blood: the vital, inner, or chief part of anything: the seat of the affections, etc., esp. love: courage: vigor: secret meaning or design: that which resembles a heart. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  27. Muscular organ that propels the blood; inner or chief part; affection; feeling; courage. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  28. The muscular organ that propels the blood. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  29. The emotional nature; tenderness; sympathy. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  30. Courage. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  31. Vital part; center; core. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  32. Like a heart. To get or learn by heart, to commit to memory. To take or lay to heart, to be much affected. To set the heart on, to fix the desires on. To set the heart at rest, to make one's self quiet. To find in the heart, to be willing or disposed. To have in the heart, to purpose. At heart, at bottom. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  33. The muscular organ, situated in the thorax, the action of which determines the circulation of the blood; the inner part of anything; the chief or vital part; the seat of the affections and passions; the seat of the understanding; the seat of the will; the moral sense; secret purpose; love; courage; spirit; disposition of mind. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  34. The well-known organ in animals which, by alternate contracting and expanding, sends the blood through the arteries, to be again received by it from the veins; the vital, inner, or chief part of anything; the centre or interior; the seat of the affections and passions; disposition of mind. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  35. To become close or hard in the centre, as a cabbage. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  36. A hollow muscular organ with a varying number of chambers which by rhythmic contraction keeps up the circulation of the blood; the core or central portion of a tree or fruit. A dictionary of scientific terms. By Henderson, I. F.; Henderson, W. D. Published 1920.
  37. [Anglo-Saxon] A hollow muscular organ with varying number of chambers which by rhythmic contraction keeps up circulation of blood; core or central portion of a tree or fruit. na
  38. 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. mso.anu.edu.au
  39. According to the Bible, the heart is the centre not only of spiritual activity, but of all the operations of human life. "Heart" and "soul" are often used interchangeably ( Deuteronomy 6:5 ; 26:16 ; Compare Matthew 22:37 ; Mark 12:30 Mark 12:33 ), but this is not generally the case. The heart is the "home of the personal life," and hence a man is designated, according to his heart, wise ( 1 Kings 3:12 , etc.), pure ( Psalms 24:4 ; Matthew 5:8 , etc.), upright and righteous ( Genesis 20:5 Genesis 20:6 ; Psalms 11:2 ; 78:72 ), pious and good ( Luke 8:15 ), etc. In these and such passages the word "soul" could not be substituted for "heart." The heart is also the seat of the conscience ( Romans 2:15 ). It is naturally wicked ( Genesis 8:21 ), and hence it contaminates the whole life and character ( Matthew 12:34 ; 15:18 ; Compare Eccl 8:11 ; Psalms 73:7 ). Hence the heart must be changed, regenerated (Ezek. 36:26 ; 11:19 ; Psalms 51:10-14 ), before a man can willingly obey God. The process of salvation begins in the heart by the believing reception of the testimony of God, while the rejection of that testimony hardens the heart ( Psalms 95:8 ; Proverbs 28:14 ; 2 Chr. 36:13 ). "Hardness of heart evidences itself by light views of sin; partial acknowledgment and confession of it; pride and conceit; ingratitude; unconcern about the word and ordinances of God; inattention to divine providences; stifling convictions of conscience; shunning reproof; presumption, and general ignorance of divine things." biblestudytools.com
  40. härt, n. the organ in animal systems that circulates the blood: the vital, inner, or chief part of anything: the seat of the affections, &c., esp. love: the affections: courage: vigour: secret meaning or design: that which resembles a heart: a person, esp. as implying courage or affectionateness--a term of endearment or encouragement: anything heart-shaped, esp. that one of the four suits in a pack of cards bearing a heart in red.--v.t. to encourage, hearten.--v.i. to form a compact head, as a plant.--ns. HEART'ACHE, sorrow: anguish; HEART'-BEAT, a pulsation of the heart: a throb of emotion, a thought; HEART'-BLOOD, blood of the heart: life, essence; HEART'-BOND, in masonry, a bond in which one header overlaps two others; HEART'-BREAK, a sorrow or grief.--v.t. to break the heart of.--n. HEART'-BREAK'ER, a flirt: a curl, love-lock.--adjs. HEART'-BREAK'ING, crushing with grief or sorrow; HEART'-BROK'EN, intensely afflicted or grieved.--ns. HEART'BURN, a burning, acrid feeling, said to be due to the irritation of the upper end of the stomach by the fumes of its acrid contents: cardialgia: HEART'BURNING, discontent: secret enmity.--adj. HEART'-DEAR (Shak.), dear to the heart, sincerely beloved.--n. HEART'-DISEASE', any morbid condition of the heart, whether of the various tissues composing it, or of the nervous arrangements governing it.--adjs. HEART'-EAS'ING, giving peace to the mind; HEART'ED, having a heart of a specified kind (hard-hearted, &c.): seated or fixed in the heart, laid up in the heart.--v.t. HEART'EN, to encourage, stimulate: to add strength to.--adjs. HEART'-FELT, felt deeply: sincere; HEART'FREE, having the affections free or disengaged.--ns. HEART'-GRIEF, grief or affliction of the heart; HEART'-HEAV'INESS, depression of spirits.--adv. HEART'ILY, in a hearty manner: cordially: eagerly.--n. HEART'INESS, the state or quality of being hearty.--adj. HEART'LESS, without heart, courage, or feeling.--adv. HEART'LESSLY.--ns. HEART'LESSNESS; HEART'LET, a little heart.--interj. HEART'LING (Shak.), little heart, used in a minced oath.--n. HEART'-QUAKE, trembling, fear.--adjs. HEART'-REND'ING, deeply afflictive: agonising; HEART'-ROB'BING (Spens.), stealing the affections: blissful.--ns. HEART'-ROT, a disease producing decay in the hearts of trees, caused by the mycelia of various fungi; HEART'S'-EASE, a common name for the pansy, a species of violet, an infusion of which was once thought to ease the love-sick heart; HEART'-SEED, a general name of plants of genus Cardiospermum, esp. the U.S. balloon-vine; HEART'-SERV'ICE, sincere devotion, as opposed to Eye-service.--adjs. HEART'-SHAPED, shaped like the human heart; HEART'-SICK, pained in mind: depressed.--n. HEART'-SICK'NESS.--adjs. HEART'SOME, exhilarating: merry; HEART'-SORE, caused by pain at the heart.--n. (Spens.) grief.--n. HEART'-SPOON, the depression in the breastbone: the breastbone.--adj. HEART'-STIR'RING, arousing the heart, exhilarating.--n. HEART'-STRING, a nerve or tendon supposed to brace and sustain the heart: (pl.) affections.--adjs. HEART'-STRUCK (Shak.), driven to the heart, deeply fixed in the mind: (Milt.) shocked, dismayed; HEART'-SWELL'ING (Spens.), rankling in the heart or mind.--ns. HEART'-WHEEL, HEART'-CAM, a form of cam-wheel used for converting uniform rotary motion into uniform reciprocating motion.--adj. HEART'-WHOLE, whole at heart: unmoved in the affections or spirits.--n. HEART'-WOOD, the hard inner wood of a tree--also called Duramen.--adjs. HEART'Y, full of, or proceeding from, the heart: warm: genuine: strong: healthy; HEART'Y-HALE (Spens.), wholesome or good for the heart.--HEART-AND-HAND, HEART-AND-SOUL, with complete heartiness, with complete devotion to a cause; HEART OF HEARTS, the inmost heart: deepest affections; HEART OF OAK, a brave, resolute heart.--AFTER MY OWN HEART, to my own liking; AT HEART, in real character: substantially; BREAK THE HEART, to die of grief or disappointment: to cause deep grief to any one; BY HEART, by rote: in the memory; EAT ONE'S HEART (see EAT); FIND IN ONE'S HEART, to be willing or ready to do something; FOR ONE'S HEART, for one's life; GET, HAVE, BY HEART, to commit to memory, or to hold in one's memory; HAVE AT HEART, to wish earnestly for: to hold in dear esteem; HAVE ONE'S HEART IN ONE'S BOOTS, MOUTH, to be in a state of terror; LAY, TAKE, TO HEART, to set one's mind strongly upon: to be deeply moved by something; OUT OF HEART, in low spirits; SET THE HEART AT REST, to become easy in mind; SET THE HEART UPON, to desire earnestly; SPEAK TO THE HEART (B.), to comfort, encourage; TAKE HEART, to be encouraged; TAKE HEART OF GRACE (see GRACE); TAKE TO HEART, to be deeply pained at anything; WEAR THE HEART UPON THE SLEEVE, to show the feelings, &c., openly; WITH ALL MY HEART, most willingly. [A.S. heorte; Dut. hart, Ger. herz; cog. with L. cor, cordis, Gr. kardia.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  41. An azygous muscle, of an irregularly pyramidal shape; situate obliquely and a little to the left side, in the chest ;-resting on the diaphragm by one of its surfaces :-suspended by its base from the great vessels; free and movable in the rest of its extent, and surrounded by the pericardium. The right side of the body of the heart is thin and sharp, and is called Margo acutus: the left is thick and round, and termed Margo obtusus. It is hollow within, and contains four cavities: two of which, with thinner and less fleshy walls, receive the blood from the lungs and the rest of the body, and pour it into two others, with thick and very fleshy parietes, which send it to the lungs and to every part of the body. Of these cavities, the former are called auricles, the latter ventricles. The right auricle and right ventricle form the Pulmonic or right or anterior heart. Cor venosum seu pulmonale, (F.) Coeur du poumon. C. du sang noir, C. droit, C. anterieur: and the left auricle and ventricle, the systemic, corporeal, left, Dr aortic heart, Cor arteriosum seu aorticum, (F.) Coeur du corps, C. gauche, C. aortique ou C. rouge. In the adult, these are totally distinct from each other, being separated by a partition ;-the septum cordis. Into the right auricle, the venae cavae,-superior and inferior,-and the coronary vein, open. The pulmonary artery arises from the right ventricle; the four pulmonary veins open into the left auricle, and the aorta arises from the left ventricle. The mean weight of the heart, in the adult, from the twenty-fifth to the sixtieth year, is, according to Bouillaud, from eight to nine ounces. The dimensions, according to Lobsteln and Bouillaud, are as follows: - Length, from base to apex, five inches six lines; breadth, at the base, three inches; thickness of the walls of the left ventricle, seven lines; at a finger's breadth above the apex, four lines; thickness of the walls of the right ventricle, two and a quarter lines; at the apex, half a line; thickness of right auricle, one line; of the left auricle, half a line. The heart is covered, externally, by a very thin, membranous reflection from the pericardium. The muscular structure of which it is constituted is much thicker in the parietes of the ventricle than in those of the auricles. Its cavities are lined by a very delicate membrane, the endocardium, which is continuous with the inner membrane of the arteries, as regards the left cavities, and with that of the veins, as regards the right. Its arteries- the coronary- arise from the commencement of the aorta. Its nerves proceed, chiefly, from the pneumogastric and the cervical ganglions of the great sympathetic. The heart is the great agent in the circulation. By its contraction, the blood is sent over every part of the body. Its action does not seem to be directly owing to nervous influence received from the brain or spinal marrow, or from both. The circulation may, indeed, be kept up, for some time, if both brain and spinal marrow be destroyed. When the ear is applied to the chest, a dull, lengthened sound is heard, which is synchronous with the arterial pulse. This is instantly succeeded by a sharp, quick sound, like that of the valve of a bellows or the lapping of a dog, and this is followed by a period of repose. The first sound appears to be mainly produced by the contraction of the ventricles; the second, by the reflux of the blood against the semilunar valves. These are what are called the Sounds of the Heart, (F.) Bruits du Coeur. Dr. C. J. B. Williams thinks that the word lubb-dup conveys a notion of the two sounds. The Beating or Impulse of the heart, Heart-Stroke, Pulsus seu Ictus cordis, (F.) Impulsion du Coeur, against the parietes of the chest, is mainly caused, perhaps, by the systole of the heart, which tends to project It forwards. It is doubted, however, by some, whether the impulsion be produced by the dilatation or the contraction of the ventricles. The following table exhibits the different actions of the heart, and their coincidence with its sounds and impulse. It presumes, that the period from the commencement of one pulsation to that of another is divided into eight parts; and if the case of a person, whose pulse beats sixty times in a minute, be taken, each of these parts will represent the eighth of a second. The heart is subject to different organic diseases; the chief of which are aneurism, contraction of the apertures, and rupture of its parietes. Medical Lexicon. A Dictionary of Medical Science
  42. [Latin] A hollow muscular organ which propels the blood into and through the arteries. It consists of two lateral halves (Right h., Left h.), each composed of an upper chamber (auricle) and a lower chamber (ventricle). In the left h. the auricle receives arterial blood from the lungs through the pulmonary veins and forces it into the ventricle, which in turn contracts, forcing the blood into the aorta and thus into the whole body. In the right h. the auricle receives venous blood from all parts of the body through the superior and inferior venae cavae and forces it into the ventricle which in turn sends it through the pulmonary artery to the lungs to be arterialized. At the orifice (auriculo-ventricular orifice) connecting each auricle with its ventricle, regurgitation is prevented by valves, a two-parted (mitral) valve on the left side and a three-parted (tricuspid) valve on the right. Semilunar valves, consisting of three cusps each, prevent the regurgitation of blood from the aorta and from the pulmonary artery into the ventricles. The h. consists of an inner layer of endothelium (endocardium), continuous with that of the vessels, and of muscular tissue (myocardium), composed of nucleated prismatic cells which show an obscure transverse striation, are destitute of sarcolemma, and are connected to the ends and to lateral processes of adjoining fibres by a cement substance. The fibres are imbedded in connective tissue, and the whole is invested by a serous membrane (pericardium). The valves consist of endothelium with a skeleton of connective tissue, and at the auriculo-ventricular orifices are checked and moved by tendinous cords (chordae tendineae) attached to muscular prominences (columnae carneae) in the ventricle. na
  43. Hollow organ keeping up circulation of blood by contracting& dilating; right, left, h. (side of h.); smoker\'s h. (h. disorder due to smoking); breast; mind; soul; after one\'s (own) h. (desire); seat of the emotions, esp. of love, as give, lose, one\'s h. to, win the h. of, (person); sensibility, as he has no h.; courage, as pluck up or take, lose, h.; (as term of endearment to person) dear, sweet, h.; (Naut.) my hh. (spirited fellows); central part, esp. of tree, as (fig.) h. of oak, courageous man; vital part, essence; (of land) fertility, as out of h., in poor condition; h.-shaped thing; (Cards, pl.) suit marked with hh.; at h., in one\'s inmost feelings; by h., in, from, memory, as learn, say, by h.; from one\'s h., sincerely; in one\'s h., secretly; in h., in good spirits; near (est) one\'s h., dear (est) to one; out of h., in low spirits; with all one\'s h., sincerely, with the utmost good will; find in one\'s h., (esp. w. neg.) prevail on oneself (to do); have thing at h., be deeply interested in it; lay thing to h., think it over seriously; searchings of h., misgivings; take thing to h., be much affected by it; break person\'s h., overwhelm him with sorrow; cry one\'s h. out, cry violently, eat one\'s h. out, pine away from vexation &c.; have the h., (esp. w. neg.) be hard-hearted enough (to do); h. & hand, enthusiastically; in one\'s h. of hh. (inmost feelings); h. & soul, with all one\'s energy; have one\'s h. in one\'s mouth, be violently alarmed or startled; his h. is in the right place, he means well; take h. (of grace), pluck up courage; wear one\'s h. upon one\'s sleeve, lack proper reserve; it does my h. good, it rejoices me; h.-ache, mental anguish: h.-beat, pulsation of h., (fig.) emotion; h. (\'s)-blood, lifeblood, life; h.-break, overwhelming distress; h.-breaking, -broken, causing, crushed by, this; heartburn, burning sensation in lower part of chest; h.-burning, jealousy, grudge; h.-disease (of h.); h.-felt, sincere (emotion &c.); h.-rending, distressing; heartsease, pansy; h.-sick, despondent; h.-sore, grieved at h.; h.-strings, (fig.) heart, deepest affections; h.-whole, undismayed, with the h. unengaged, sincere. Hence -hearted a. [old English] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  44. Muscular viscus which maintains the circulation of the blood. American pocket medical dictionary.
  45. The organ which propels the blood through the vascular system of all vertebrates and of the higher invertebrates. In its simplest form it consists of a specialized pulsating portion of the vascular system, and in its most complex form of an organ with four distinct chambers, each provided with a set of valves. Appleton's medical dictionary.
  46. The central part of anything. Appleton's medical dictionary.
  47. n. [Anglo-Saxon, Icelandic, German, Latin, Greek] A hollow, muscular organ, contracting rhythmically, and serving to keep up the circulation of the blood;—the vital part; the seat or source of life;—the inner part; the centre; kernel; pith; marrow;—the vigorous or efficacious part;—the seat of the affections and passions;—the seat of love; hence, warmth of affection; geniality; cordiality;—the seat of the will; hence, secret purpose, design, or intention;—disposition;—strength; courage; spirit; vigour; fertility;—a roundish or oval figure like a heart in shape;—a playing-card distinguished by that figure. Cabinet Dictionary
  48. The muscle which by its contraction and dilatation propels the blood through the course of circulation, and is therefore considered as the source of vital motion; the chief part, the vital part; the inner part of any thing; courage, spirit; feat of love; affection, inclination; memory; secret meaning, hidden intention; conscience, sense of good or ill; it is much used in composition for mind or affection. Complete Dictionary

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