pulse ( pulses plural & 3rd person present) ( pulsing present participle) ( pulsed past tense & past participle )
1 n-count Your pulse is the regular beating of blood through your body, which you can feel when you touch particular parts of your body, especially your wrist.
Mahoney's pulse was racing, and he felt confused.
2 n-count In music, a pulse is a regular beat, which is often produced by a drum.
...the repetitive pulse of the music.
3 n-count A pulseof electrical current, light, or sound is a temporary increase in its level.
The switch works by passing a pulse of current between the tip and the surface.
4 n-sing If you refer to the pulse of a group in society, you mean the ideas, opinions, or feelings they have at a particular time.
the N of n
The White House insists that the president is in touch with the pulse of the black community.
5 verb If something pulses, it moves, appears, or makes a sound with a strong regular rhythm.
His temples pulsed a little, threatening a headache... V
It was a slow, pulsing rhythm that seemed to sway languidly in the air. V-ing
6 n-plural Some seeds which can be cooked and eaten are called pulses, for example peas, beans, and lentils.
7 If you have your finger on the pulseof something, you know all the latest opinions or developments concerning it.
finger on the pulse phrase Ns inflect, usu PHR after v
He claims to have his finger on the pulse of the industry..., It's important to keep your finger on the pulse by reading all the right magazines.
8 When someone takes your pulse or feels your pulse, they find out how quickly your heart is beating by feeling the pulse in your wrist.
take someone's pulse/feel someone's pulse phrase V and N inflect