heart [heart hearts] BrE [hɑːt] NAmE [hɑːrt] nounPART OF BODY
1. countable the organ in the chest that sends blood around the body, usually on the left in humans
• The patient's heart stopped beating for a few seconds.
• heart trouble/failure
• to have a weak heart
• I could feel my heart pounding in my chest (= because of excitement, etc.).
see also coronary heart disease, open-heart surgery
2. countable (literary) the outside part of the chest where the heart is
• She clasped the photo to her heart.
3. countable the place in a person where the feelings and emotions are thought to be, especially those connected with love
• She has a kind heart.
• Have you no heart?
• He returned with a heavy heart (= sad).
• Her novels tend to deal with affairs of the heart.
• The story captured the hearts and minds of a generation.
see also broken heart
4. (in adjectives) having the type of character or personality mentioned
5. singular ~ (of sth) the most important part of sth
• the heart of the matter/problem
• The committee's report went to the heart of the government's dilemma.
• The distinction between right and wrong lies at the heart of all questions of morality.
6. countable, usually singular ~ (of sth) the part that is in the centre of sth
• a quiet hotel in the very heart of the city
7. countable the smaller leaves in the middle of a cabbage, lettuce, etc.SHAPE
8. countable a thing shaped like a heart, often red and used as a symbol of love; a symbol shaped like a heart used to mean the verb ‘love’
• The words ‘I love you’ were written inside a big red heart.
IN CARD GAMES
• (informal) I ♥New York.
9. hearts plural, uncountable one of the four sets of cards (called suits) in a pack of cards, with red heart symbols on them
• the queen of hearts
• Hearts is/are trumps.
10. countable one card from the set of hearts
• Who played that heart?
more at absence makes the heart grow fonder at absence, a change of heart at change n., cross my heart (and hope to die) at cross v., eat your heart out at eat, be etched on your heart/memory/mind at etch, what the eye doesn't see (the heart doesn't grieve over) at eye n., find it in your heart/yourself to do sth at find v., out of the goodness of your heart at goodness, home is where the heart is at home n., have sb's interests at heart at interest n., sick at heart at sick adj., sob your heart out at sob v., steal sb's heart at steal v., strike fear, etc. into sb/sb's heart at strike v., tear at your hearttear the heart out of sth at tear 1 v., warm the cockles (of sb's heart) at warm v., the way to sb's heart at way n., wear your heart on your sleeve at wear v., win sb's heart at win v., young at heart at young adj.
Idioms: at heart ▪ break somebody's heart ▪ by heart ▪ dear to somebody's heart ▪ from the heart ▪ give somebody heart ▪ give your heart to somebody ▪ have a heart of gold ▪ have a heart of stone ▪ have a heart! ▪ have your heart set on something ▪ heart and soul ▪ in good heart ▪ in your heart ▪ it does somebody's heart good ▪ let your heart rule your head ▪ lose heart ▪ lose your heart ▪ man after your own heart ▪ my heart bleeds ▪ not have the heart ▪ off by heart ▪ pour out your heart to somebody ▪ rip the heart out of something ▪ set your heart on something ▪ somebody's heart is in the right place ▪ somebody's heart is in their mouth ▪ somebody's heart leaps ▪ somebody's heart misses a beat ▪ somebody's heart sinks ▪ take heart ▪ take something to heart ▪ with all your your whole heart ▪ your heart goes out to somebody ▪ your heart is not in something ▪ your heart's content
See also: off by heart
Old English heorte, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch hart and German Herz, from an Indo-European root shared by Latin cor, cord- and Greek kēr, kardia.
• Finally, he broke down in tears and poured out his heart to her.
• He broke her heart.
• He committed himself heart and soul to the cause.
• He could have a change of heart and settle down to family life.
• He had no heart for arguing.
• He really puts his heart into his singing.
• He set off with a light heart.
• He smiled and her heart melted.
• Her heart isn't in her job.
• Her heart leaped with joy.
• Her novels tend to deal with affairs of the heart
• Her words pierced my heart.
• His sad story touched her heart.
• I could tell he spoke from the heart.
• I wish you well with all my heart.
• In my heart, I knew it wasn't true.
• Inside, his heart was slowly breaking.
• Just follow your heart and you'll be happy.
• Let's sing it one more time from the beginning— and put some heart into it!
• My heart aches when I think of their sorrow.
• Our hearts go out to= we sympathize deeply with the families of the victims.
• Relief filled his heart.
• The committee's report went to the heart of the government's dilemma.
• The heart pumps blood through the body.
• This brings us to the real heart of the matter.
• We live in the very heart of the city.
• With a heavy heart, she watched him go.
• a triple heart bypass operation
• everything your heart could desire
• open-heart surgery
• the issue at the heart of modern government
• to win the hearts and minds of the nation's youth
• ‘Hillsdown’ is a quiet hotel in the very heart of the city.
• Cost is at the heart of the matter for the Government.
1. the locus of feelings and intuitions
- in your heart you know it is true
- her story would melt your bosom
2. the hollow muscular organ located behind the sternum and between the lungs; its rhythmic contractions move the blood through the body
- he stood still, his heart thumping wildly
Syn: pump, ticker
3. the courage to carry on
- he kept fighting on pure spunk
- you haven't got the heart for baseball
Syn: mettle, nerve, spunk
4. 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
Syn: center, centre, middle, eye
5. 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
6. an inclination or tendency of a certain kind
- he had a change of heart
7. 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
8. a firm rather dry variety meat (usually beef or veal)
- a five-pound beef heart will serve six
9. a positive feeling of liking
- he had trouble expressing the affection he felt
- the child won everyone's heart
- the warmness of his welcome made us feel right at home
10. a playing card in the major suit that has one or more red hearts on it
- he led the queen of hearts
- hearts were trumps
Webster's 1913 Dictionary:
|n.||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!
|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.
|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.
Peace subsisting at the heart
Of endless agitation.
|4.||Courage; courageous purpose; spirit.|
Eve, recovering heart, replied.
The expelled nations take heart, and when they fly from one country invade another.
|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 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.
|9.||A term of affectionate or kindly and familiar address.|
|v. t.||1.||To give heart to; to hearten; to encourage; to inspirit.|
My cause is hearted; thine hath no less reason.
|v. i.||1.||To form a compact center or heart; as, a hearting cabbage.|
To see your heart in your dream, signifies 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.
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