how to pronounce heartbeat


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the above transcription of heartbeat is a detailed (narrow) transcription according to the rules of the International Phonetic Association; you can find a description of each symbol by clicking the phoneme buttons in the secction below.

heartbeat is pronounced in two syllables

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An example use of heartbeat in a speech by a native speaker of american english:

“… we're still receiving heartbeat tones uh …”

meanings of heartbeat


  1. A driving impulse or vital force.
  2. One pulsation of the heart; especially an irregular one, hence the emotion which causes it.
  3. The rhythm at which a heart pulsates, a cardiac indicator.
  4. A periodic signal generated by hardware or software to indicate normal operation or to synchronize other parts of a system.
  5. A very short space of time; an instant.

heartbeat frequency in english - C1 level of CEFR

the word heartbeat occurs in english on average 6.3 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for C1 level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.

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