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pulse 1

1. The rhythmical throbbing of arteries produced by the regular contractions of the heart, especially as palpated at the wrist or in the neck.
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.).
v. pulsed, puls·ing, puls·es
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.
To chop in short bursts, as in a food processor: The cook pulsed the leeks and added some coriander.
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 grass-roots voters.

[Middle English pous, puls, from Old French pous, pulz, from Latin pulsus, from past participle of pellere, to beat; see pel- in Indo-European roots.]

pulse 2

1. The edible seeds of certain pod-bearing plants, such as lentils and chickpeas.
2. A plant yielding these seeds.

[Middle English pols, puls, from Latin puls, pottage of meal and pulse, probably ultimately from Greek poltos.]


In naval mine warfare, a method of operating magnetic and acoustic sweeps in which the sweep is energized by current which varies or is intermittent in accordance with a predetermined schedule.
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Noun1.pulsing - (electronics) a sharp transient wave in the normal electrical state (or a series of such transients)pulsing - (electronics) a sharp transient wave in the normal electrical state (or a series of such transients); "the pulsations seemed to be coming from a star"
electronics - the branch of physics that deals with the emission and effects of electrons and with the use of electronic devices
undulation, wave - (physics) a movement up and down or back and forth
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The pulsing action both cleans and recharges nasal cilia, which reduces inflammation, moisturizes the sinuses, and provides rapid relief from sinus discomfort.