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Meaning of heart by Wiktionary Dictionary

heart


    Diagram of the human heart.
    The Ace of Hearts.

    Etymology

    From Middle English herte, from Old English heorte ( “heart” ), from Proto-Germanic *hertô ( “heart” ), from Proto-Indo-European *ḱḗr ( “heart” ). Cognate with Scots hart, hert ( “heart” ), West Frisian hert ( “heart” ), Dutch hart ( “heart” ), Low German Hart ( “heart” ), German Herz ( “heart” ), Swedish hjärta ( “heart” ), Icelandic hjarta ( “heart” ). The Indo-European root is also the source of Latin cor, Greek καρδία, Welsh craidd, Irish croí, Russian сердце, Lithuanian širdis and Albanian kërthiz ( “navel, central spot” ) .

    Pronunciation

    • ( RP ) IPA: /hɑːt/, X-SAMPA: /hA:t/
    • ( GenAm ) IPA: /hɑɹt/, X-SAMPA: /hArt/
    • Rhymes: -ɑː( ɹ )t

    Noun

    heart ( countable and uncountable; plural: hearts )

    1. ( anatomy ) A muscular organ that pumps blood through the body, traditionally thought to be the seat of emotion .
    2. ( uncountable ) Emotions, kindness, moral effort, or spirit in general .
      The team lost, but they showed a lot of heart .
    3. A conventional shape or symbol used to represent the heart, love, or emotion: ♥ or sometimes <3.
    4. A playing card of the suit hearts featuring one or more heart-shaped symbols .
    5. The centre, essence, or core .
      Buddhists believe that suffering is right at the heart of all life .


    Verb

    heart ( third-person singular simple present hearts present participle hearting, simple past and past participle hearted )

    1. ( transitive, poetic or humorous ) To be fond of. Often bracketed or abbreviated with a heart symbol.
    2. ( transitive, obsolete ) To encourage .
    3. ( transitive, masonry ) To fill an interior with rubble, as a wall or a breakwater .
    4. ( intransitive, agriculture, botany ) To form a dense cluster of leaves, a heart, especially of lettuce or cabbage .

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    Anagrams

    • Earth, earth, hater, rathe, rehat, Terah


Explanation of heart by Wordnet Dictionary

heart


    Noun
    1. a playing card in the major suit that has one or more red hearts on it

    2. he led the queen of hearts
      hearts were trumps
    3. an inclination or tendency of a certain kind

    4. he had a change of heart
    5. the courage to carry on

    6. you haven't got the heart for baseball
    7. the hollow muscular organ located behind the sternum and between the lungs

    8. he stood still, his heart thumping wildly
    9. the locus of feelings and intuitions

    10. in your heart you know it is true
    11. the choicest or most essential or most vital part of some idea or experience

    12. the heart and soul of the Republican Party
    13. a positive feeling of liking

    14. the child won everyone's heart
    15. a firm rather dry variety meat ( usually beef or veal )

    16. a five-pound beef heart will serve six
    17. an area that is approximately central within some larger region

    18. they ran forward into the heart of the struggle
    19. a plane figure with rounded sides curving inward at the top and intersecting at the bottom

    20. he drew a heart and called it a valentine


    Definition of heart by GCIDE Dictionary

    heart


    1. Heart ( härt ), n. [OE. harte, herte, heorte, AS. heorte; akin to OS. herta, OFies. hirte, D. hart, OHG. herza, G. herz, Icel. hjarta, Sw. hjerta, Goth. haírtō, Lith. szirdis, Russ. serdtse, Ir. cridhe, L. cor, Gr. καρδία, κῆρ. √277. Cf. Accord, Discord, Cordial, 4th Core, Courage.]
      1. ( Anat. ) A hollow, muscular organ, which, by contracting rhythmically, keeps up the circulation of the blood.

      Why does my blood thus muster to my heart! Shak.

      ☞ In adult mammals and birds, the heart is four-chambered, the right auricle and ventricle being completely separated from the left auricle and ventricle; and the blood flows from the systemic veins to the right auricle, thence to the right ventricle, from which it is forced to the lungs, then returned to the left auricle, thence passes to the left ventricle, from which it is driven into the systemic arteries. See Illust. under Aorta. In fishes there are but one auricle and one ventricle, the blood being pumped from the ventricle through the gills to the system, and thence returned to the auricle. In most amphibians and reptiles, the separation of the auricles is partial or complete, and in reptiles the ventricles also are separated more or less completely.
      The so-called lymph hearts, found in many amphibians, reptiles, and birds, are contractile sacs, which pump the lymph into the veins.

      2. 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”.

      Hearts are dust, hearts' loves remain. Emerson.

      3. 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.”

      Exploits done in the heart of France. Shak.

      Peace subsisting at the heart

      Of endless agitation. Wordsworth.

      4. Courage; courageous purpose; spirit.

      Eve, recovering heart, replied. Milton.

      The expelled nations take heart, and when they fly from one country invade another. Sir W. Temple.

      5. Vigorous and efficient activity; power of fertile production; condition of the soil, whether good or bad.

      That the spent earth may gather heart again. Dryden.

      6. 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.

      7. One of the suits of playing cards, distinguished by the figure or figures of a heart; as, “hearts are trumps”.

      8. Vital part; secret meaning; real intention.

      And then show you the heart of my message. Shak.

      9. A term of affectionate or kindly and familiar address. “I speak to thee, my heart.” Shak.

      ☞ Heart is used in many compounds, the most of which need no special explanation; as, heart-appalling, heart-breaking, heart-cheering, heart-chilled, heart-expanding, heart-free, heart-hardened, heart-heavy, heart-purifying, heart-searching, heart-sickening, heart-sinking, heart-sore, heart-stirring, heart-touching, heart-wearing, heart-whole, heart-wounding, heart-wringing, etc.

      After one's own heart, conforming with one's inmost approval and desire; as, “a friend after my own heart”.


      The Lord hath sought him a man after his own heart. 1 Sam. xiii. 14.


      -- At heart, in the inmost character or disposition; at bottom; really; as, “he is at heart a good man”. -- By heart, in the closest or most thorough manner; as, “to know or learn by heart”. “Composing songs, for fools to get by heart” ( that is, to commit to memory, or to learn thoroughly ). Pope. -- to learn by heart, to memorize. -- For my heart, for my life; if my life were at stake. [Obs.] “I could not get him for my heart to do it.” Shak. -- Heart bond ( Masonry ), a bond in which no header stone stretches across the wall, but two headers meet in the middle, and their joint is covered by another stone laid header fashion. Knight. -- Heart and hand, with enthusiastic coöperation. -- Heart hardness, hardness of heart; callousness of feeling; moral insensibility. Shak. -- Heart heaviness, depression of spirits. Shak. -- Heart point ( Her. ), the fess point. See Escutcheon. -- Heart rising, a rising of the heart, as in opposition. -- Heart shell ( Zool. ), any marine, bivalve shell of the genus Cardium and
      allied genera, having a heart-shaped shell; esp., the European Isocardia cor; -- called also heart cockle. -- Heart sickness, extreme depression of spirits. -- Heart and soul, with the utmost earnestness. -- Heart urchin ( Zool. ), any heartshaped, spatangoid sea urchin. See Spatangoid. -- Heart wheel, a form of cam, shaped like a heart. See Cam. -- In good heart, in good courage; in good hope. -- Out of heart, discouraged. -- Poor heart, an exclamation of pity. -- To break the heart of. To bring to despair or hopeless grief; to cause to be utterly cast dowHeart ( härt ), n. [OE. harte, herte, heorte, AS. heorte; akin to OS. herta, OFies. hirte, D. hart, OHG. herza, G. herz, Icel. hjarta, Sw. hjerta, Goth. haírtō, Lith. szirdis, Russ. serdtse, Ir. cridhe, L. cor, Gr. καρδία, κῆρ. √277. Cf. Accord, Discord, Cordial, 4th Core, Courage.]
      1. ( Anat. ) A hollow, muscular organ, which, by contracting rhythmically, keeps up the circulation of the blood.

      Why does my blood thus muster to my heart! Shak.

      ☞ In adult mammals and birds, the heart is four-chambered, the right auricle and ventricle being completely separated from the left auricle and ventricle; and the blood flows from the systemic veins to the right auricle, thence to the right ventricle, from which it is forced to the lungs, then returned to the left auricle, thence passes to the left ventricle, from which it is driven into the systemic arteries. See Illust. under Aorta. In fishes there are but one auricle and o
    2. Heart ( härt ), v. t. To give heart to; to hearten; to encourage; to inspirit. [Obs.]

      My cause is hearted; thine hath no less reason. Shak.

    3. Heart, v. i. To form a compact center or heart; as, “a hearting cabbage”.