—n. 1. the regular throbbing of the arteries, caused by the successive contractions of the heart, esp. as may be felt at an artery, as at the wrist.
2. a single pulsation, or beat or throb, of the arteries or heart.
3. the rhythmic recurrence of strokes, vibrations, or undulations.
4. a single stroke, vibration, or undulation.
5. Elect.a momentary, sudden fluctuation in an electrical quantity, as in voltage or current.
6. Physics.a single, abrupt emission of particles or radiation.
7. a throb of life, emotion, etc.
9. the general attitude, sentiment, preference, etc., as of the public.
—v.i. 1. to beat or throb; pulsate.
2. to beat, vibrate, or undulate.
3. Physics.to emit particles or radiation periodically in short bursts.
—v.t. 1. to cause to pulse.
2. Med.to administer (medication) in interrupted, often concentrated dosages to avoid unwanted side effects.
Pronunciation: (puls),[key] —n. 1. the edible seeds of certain leguminous plants, as peas, beans, or lentils.
2. a plant producing such seeds.