pulse (pùls) noun
1.The rhythmical throbbing of arteries produced by the regular contractions of the heart, especially as palpated at the wrist or in the neck.
2.a. A regular or rhythmical beating. b. A single beat or throb.
3.Physics. a. A brief, sudden change in a normally constant quantity: a pulse of current; a pulse of radiation. b. Any of a series of intermittent occurrences characterized by a brief, sudden change in a quantity.
4.The perceptible emotions or sentiments of a group of people: "a man who had . . . his finger on the pulse of America" (Thomas P. O'Neill, Jr.).
pulsed, pulsing, pulses
1.To pulsate; beat: "The nation pulsed with music and proclamation, with rages and moral pretensions" (Lance Morrow).
2.Physics. To undergo a series of intermittent occurrences characterized by brief, sudden changes in a quantity.
take the pulse of
To judge the mood or views of (a political electorate, for example): The politician was able to take the pulse of the grassroots voters without becoming overly absorbed.
[Middle English, from Old French, from Latin pulsus, from past participle of pellere, to beat.]
pulse (pùls) noun
1.The edible seeds of certain pod-bearing plants, such as peas and beans.
2.A plant yielding these seeds.
[Middle English pols, from Old French, from Latin puls, pottage of meal and pulse, probably ultimately from Greek poltos.]
food: daily bread, staple
food, wheat, corn, maize, rice, pulses, beans, potatoes
vegetable: dried vegetables, pulses, lentils, split peas, chick peas
Pulse, rhythmic expansion of the arteries caused by successive surges of blood produced by contractions of the heart. Each contraction of the heart forces blood into the already filled arteries, and the enlargement passes along the arterial system until it reaches the capillaries. The pulse may be felt wherever an artery passes over a solid structure, such as a bone or cartilage, and it is commonly taken at the wrist. The pulse rate varies from 150 beats per minute in an embryo to about 60 in the aged. Changes in pulse rate, rhythm, and strength alert the specialist to existing or impending disease.
Pulse and Meter
Like the rhythms in nature, musical rhythm usually is organized in regularly recurring patterns. Such patterns regulate the motion of the music and aid the human ear in grasping its structure. The most basic rhythmic unit is the beat, or pulse- a recurring time pattern that resembles the ticking of a clock. In most popular and dance music, the beat is explicitly stated, often by drumbeats or by a regular accompaniment pattern. The tempo of the music determines the speed of the beat. In a fast tempo, the beat has a relatively short time value; in a slow tempo, the value of the beat is longer.
Just as a beat regulates the duration of a note or pair of notes, beats themselves are regulated by larger recurring units called measures. Measures are formed by stressing the first in a series of beats, so that the beats group themselves into a pattern. The term meter can refer to this general process of regular accentuation or to the particular metrical grouping used in a given piece. In musical notation, meter is indicated by the time signature.
Metrically organized music is highly structured and tends to be regular. Once the meter is established, however, it need not be rigidly adhered to at all times; the listener's mind will retain the pattern even if the music temporarily contradicts it. Thus, a normally weak beat can be stressed, producing a syncopation (accent that works against the prevailing meter).
A book is a part of life, a
manifestation of life, just as much as a tree or a horse or a star. It
obeys its own rhythms, its own laws, whether it be a novel, a play, or
a diary. The deep, hidden rhythm of life is always there- that of the
pulse, the heart beat.
Henry Miller (1891-1980), U.S. author. The Cosmological Eye, "Un Etre Etoile" (1939).
Anyone informed that the
universe is expanding and contracting in pulsations of eighty billion
years has a right to ask, "What's in it for me?"
Peter De Vries (1910-93), U.S. author. The narrator (Jim Tickler), in _The Glory of the Hummingbird_, ch. 1 (1939).
TAZ - Pulse Of Gaia - November 11, 1995
Many modern scientists
regard DNA as a shimmering waveform
configuration, able to be modified by light, radiation,
magnetic fields or sonic pulses. The legacy of Thoth/Enoch
suggests this "language of light" the harmonic
science of the ancients, could actually affect DNA.
The upper right hand holds a hour-glass drum which is a symbol of creation. It is beating the pulse of the universe. The drum also provides the music that accompanies Shiva's dance. It represents sound as the first element in an unfolding universe, for sound is the first and most pervasive of the elements. The story goes that when Shiva granted the boon of wisdom to the ignorant Panini (the great Sanskrit grammarian), the sound of the drum encapsulated the whole of Sanskrit grammar. The first verse of Panini's grammar is in fact called Shiva sutra.
track _A Huge Ever Growing Pulsating Brain That Rules From The Centre Of The Ultraworld (loving u) - Live Mix mk 10_ MP3 by The Orb off of _Orb's Adventures Beyond The Ultraworld_ CDx2 on Island (1991)
Charon writes: "Inside its micro-universe, the electron encloses a space that is able, first, to store information, second, to make this information available again during each pulsation period of its cycle by way of a sort of 'memory system', and third, to control complex operations by communicating and cooperating with the other electrons of the system." - _The World Is Sound: Nada Brahma_ - by Joachim-Ernst Berendt