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Meaning of HEART

Pronunciation:  hârt

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a playing card in the major suit of hearts; "he led the queen of hearts"
  2. [n]  an inclination or tendency of a certain kind; "he had a change of heart"
  3. [n]  the courage to carry on; "he kept fighting on pure spunk"; "you haven't got the heart for baseball"
  4. [n]  the hollow muscular organ located behind the sternum and between the lungs; its rhythmic contractions pump blood through the body; "he stood still, his heart thumping wildly"
  5. [n]  the locus of feelings and intuitions; "in your heart you know it is true"; "her story would melt your bosom"
  6. [n]  the choicest or most essential or most vital part of some idea or experience; "the gist of the prosecutor's argument"; "the heart and soul of the Republican Party"; "the nub of the story"
  7. [n]  a positive feeling of liking; "he had trouble expressing the affection he felt"; "the child won everyone's heart"
  8. [n]  a firm rather dry variety meat (usually beef or veal); "a five-pound beef heart will serve six"
  9. [n]  an area that is approximately central within some larger region; "it is in the center of town"; "they ran forward into the heart of the struggle"; "they were in the eye of the storm"
  10. [n]  a plane figure with rounded sides curving inward at the top and intersecting at the bottom; conventionally used on playing cards and valentines; "he drew a heart and called it a valentine"

HEART is a 5 letter word that starts with H.


 Synonyms: affection, affectionateness, bosom, center, center, centre, core, essence, eye, fondness, gist, heart and soul, inwardness, kernel, marrow, meat, mettle, middle, nerve, nitty-gritty, nub, pith, pump, spirit, spunk, substance, sum, tenderness, ticker, warmheartedness
 See Also: area, arteria coronaria, athlete's heart, attachment, biauriculate heart, bravery, cardiac muscle, cardiac valve, cardiovascular system, central city, circulatory system, city center, civic center, cognitive content, content, coronary artery, country, courage, courageousness, disposition, down town, feeling, financial center, fond regard, haecceity, heart muscle, heart valve, hub, hunch, hypostasis, inner city, internal organ, intuition, major suit, medical center, mental object, midfield, midstream, municipal center, organs, plane figure, playing card, protectiveness, quiddity, quintessence, regard, respect, seat, soft spot, stuff, suspicion, temperament, two-dimensional figure, valve, variety meat, viscus



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Heart\, n. [OE. harte, herte, heorte, AS. heorte; akin to
    OS. herta, OFies. hirte, D. hart, OHG. herza, G. herz, Icel.
    hjarta, Sw. hjerta, Goth. ha['i]rt?, Lith. szirdis, Russ.
    serdtse, Ir. cridhe, L. cor, Gr. ?, ? ????. 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.
    Note: 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 systematic
          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 systematic
          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.
    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.
    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.
    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 a series 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.
    Note: 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-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.
    {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.
    {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 co["o]peration.
    {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} (Zo["o]l.), 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} (Zo["o]l.), 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}.
       (a) To bring to despair or hopeless grief; to cause to be
           utterly cast down by sorrow.
       (b) To bring almost to completion; to finish very nearly;
           -- said of anything undertaken; as, he has broken the
           heart of the task.
    {To find in the heart}, to be willing or disposed. ``I could
       find in my heart to ask your pardon.'' --Sir P. Sidney.
    {To have at heart}, to desire (anything) earnestly.
    {To have in the heart}, to purpose; to design or intend to
    {To have the heart in the mouth}, to be much frightened.
    {To lose heart}, to become discouraged.
    {To lose one's heart}, to fall in love.
    {To set the heart at rest}, to put one's self at ease.
    {To set the heart upon}, to fix the desires on; to long for
       earnestly; to be very fond of.
    {To take heart of grace}, to take courage.
    {To take to heart}, to grieve over.
    {To wear one's heart upon one's sleeve}, to expose one's
       feelings or intentions; to be frank or impulsive.
    {With all one's whole heart}, very earnestly; fully;
       completely; devotedly.
  2. \Heart\, v. t.
    To give heart to; to hearten; to encourage; to inspirit.
          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.
Medical Dictionary
 Definition: The heart is a muscle which pumps blood it receives from veins into arteries throughout the body. The heart is composed of specialized muscle called "cardiac muscle". The heart, veins and arteries make up the circulatory system.
Dream Dictionary
 Definition: Seeing your heart in your dream means truth, courage, love, and romance. It is representative of how you are currently dealing with your feelings and expressing your emotions. Also consider the saying "the heart of the matter" which implies that you may need to get down to the core of a situation before proceeding.
Biology Dictionary
 Definition: A muscular organ found in most animals with circulatory systems which pumps blood throughout the body. The hearts of fish have two chambers, the hearts of amphibians and reptiles have three, and the hearts of crocodilians, birds, and mammals have four.
Easton Bible Dictionary

According to the Bible, the heart is the centre not only of spiritual activity, but of all the operations of human life. "Heart" and "soul" are often used interchangeably (Deut. 6:5; 26:16; comp. Matt. 22:37; Mark 12:30, 33), but this is not generally the case.

The heart is the "home of the personal life," and hence a man is designated, according to his heart, wise (1 Kings 3:12, etc.), pure (Ps. 24:4; Matt. 5:8, etc.), upright and righteous (Gen. 20:5, 6; Ps. 11:2; 78:72), pious and good (Luke 8:15), etc. In these and such passages the word "soul" could not be substituted for "heart."

The heart is also the seat of the conscience (Rom. 2:15). It is naturally wicked (Gen. 8:21), and hence it contaminates the whole life and character (Matt. 12:34; 15:18; comp. Eccl. 8:11; Ps. 73:7). Hence the heart must be changed, regenerated (Ezek. 36:26; 11:19; Ps. 51:10-14), before a man can willingly obey God.

The process of salvation begins in the heart by the believing reception of the testimony of God, while the rejection of that testimony hardens the heart (Ps. 95:8; Prov. 28:14; 2 Chr. 36:13). "Hardness of heart evidences itself by light views of sin; partial acknowledgment and confession of it; pride and conceit; ingratitude; unconcern about the word and ordinances of God; inattention to divine providences; stifling convictions of conscience; shunning reproof; presumption, and general ignorance of divine things."

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