- 1[usually singular] the regular beat of blood as it is sent around the body, which can be felt in different places, especially on the inside part of the wrist; the number of times the blood beats in a minute a strong/weak pulse an abnormally high pulse rate The doctor took/felt my pulse. Fear sent her pulse racing (= made it beat very quickly).
- 2a strong regular beat in music synonym rhythm the throbbing pulse of the drums
- 3a single short increase in the amount of light, sound, or electricity produced by a machine, etc. pulse waves sound pulses Idioms
to always be aware of the most recent developments in a particular situation
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