Meaning of “heartbeat” in the English Dictionary

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"heartbeat" in British English

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heartbeatnoun

uk /ˈhɑːt.biːt/ us /ˈhɑːrt.biːt/

[ C or U ] the regular movement or sound that the heart makes as it sends blood around your body:

a steady heartbeat
the heartbeat of sth [ S ]

the person or thing that is most important in forming the character of a place, organization, etc. and giving it energy:

Keane was the heartbeat of the team.

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(Definition of “heartbeat” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"heartbeat" in American English

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heartbeatnoun [ C ]

us /ˈhɑrtˌbit/

the regular movement or sound that the heart makes as it pushes blood around the body

(Definition of “heartbeat” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)