|1.||[ noun ] the locus of feelings and intuitions|
"in your heart you know it is true" "her story would melt your bosom"
|2.||[ noun ] (anatomy,zoology) the hollow muscular organ located behind the sternum and between the lungs; its rhythmic contractions pump blood through the body|
"he stood still, his heart thumping wildly"
|Related terms:||internal_organ biauriculate_heart athlete's_heart circulatory_system coronary_artery valve heart_valve cardiac_muscle|
|3.||[ noun ] the courage to carry on|
|Synonyms:||nerve spunk mettle|
: "he kept fighting on pure spunk" "you haven't got the heart for baseball"
|Related terms:||courage steel|
|4.||[ noun ] an area that is approximately central within some larger region|
|Synonyms:||center middle eye centre|
"it is in the center of town" "they ran forward into the heart of the struggle" "they were in the eye of the storm"
|Related terms:||area city_center inner_city seat midfield hub financial_center see center_stage midstream medical_center hub storm_center city_of_london middle|
|5.||[ noun ] the choicest or most essential or most vital part of some idea or experience|
|Synonyms:||center essence substance core sum heart_and_soul meat nub marrow pith nitty-gritty inwardness gist kernel|
: "the gist of the prosecutor's argument" "the heart and soul of the Republican Party" "the nub of the story"
|Related terms:||content stuff hypostasis haecceity bare_bones quintessence summate|
|6.||[ noun ] an inclination or tendency of a certain kind|
"he had a change of heart"
|7.||[ noun ] (mathematics,geometry) 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.||[ noun ] (chemistry,food) a firm rather dry variety meat (usually beef or veal)|
"a five-pound beef heart will serve six"
|9.||[ noun ] a positive feeling of liking|
|Synonyms:||affection tenderness fondness warmheartedness affectionateness|
"he had trouble expressing the affection he felt" "the child won everyone's heart"
|Related terms:||feeling attachment regard soft_spot protectiveness|
|10.||[ noun ] Last name, frequency rank in the U.S. is 19156|
|11.||[ noun ] (cards) a playing card in the major suit of hearts|
"he led the queen of hearts"
|Related terms:||playing_card major_suit|