Definition of Heart

Pronunciation: härt
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!
- Shak.
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.
After one's own heart
conforming with one's inmost approval and desire; as, a friend after my own heart.
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).
to learn by heart
to memorize.
- Pope.
For my heart
for my life; if my life were at stake.
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.
- Shak.
Heart and hand
with enthusiastic coöperation.
- Knight.
Heart hardness
hardness of heart; callousness of feeling; moral insensibility.
Heart heaviness
depression of spirits.
- Shak.
Heart point
(Her.) the fess point. See Escutcheon.
- Shak.
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
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.
To have at heart
to desire (anything) earnestly.
- Sir P. Sidney.
To have in the heart
to purpose; to design or intend to do.
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 heart
very earnestly; fully; completely; devotedly.
v. t.1.To give heart to; to hearten; to encourage; to inspirit.
My cause is hearted; thine hath no less reason.
- Shak.
v. i.1.To form a compact center or heart; as, a hearting cabbage.

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