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Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary
heart (noun)
1.
a) a hollow muscular organ of vertebrate animals that by its rhythmic contraction acts as a force pump maintaining the circulation of the blood
b) a structure in an invertebrate animal functionally analogous to the vertebrate heart
c) - breast bosom
d) something resembling a heart in shape , specifically a stylized representation of a heart
2.
a) a playing card marked with a stylized figure of a red heart
b) the suit comprising cards marked with - hearts
c) a game in which the object is to avoid taking tricks containing hearts
3.
a) - personality disposition a cold heart
b) obsolete - intellect
4.
the emotional or moral as distinguished from the intellectual nature as
a) generous disposition - compassion a leader with heart
b) - love affection won her heart
c) - courage ardor never lost heart
5.
one's innermost character, feelings, or inclinations - knew it in his heart a man after my own heart
6.
a) the central or innermost part - center
b) the essential or most vital part of something
c) the younger central compact part of a leafy rosette (as a head of lettuce)
heart (verb)
transitive verb
1.
archaic - hearten
2.
archaic to fix in the heart
Merriam-Webster Online Thesaurus
heart (noun)
1.
the capacity for feeling for another's unhappiness or misfortune
SYNONIMS:
bigheartedness, charity, commiseration, compassion, feeling, good-heartedness, humanity, kindheartedness, kindliness, kindness, largeheartedness, mercy, pity, ruth, softheartedness, sympathy, warmheartedness
RELATED WORDS:
feelings, responsiveness, sensibility, sensitivity; affection, love, regard; affinity, empathy, rapport; altruism, benevolence, benignancy, benignity, generosity, goodwill, humaneness, humanism, humanitarianism, philanthropy
NEAR ANTONYMS:
callousness, coldness, disinterest, indifference, unconcern; cruelty, harshness; animosity, antipathy, dislike, hatred, hostility
coldheartedness, hard-heartedness, inhumanity, inhumanness, mercilessness, pitilessness
heart (noun)
2.
a thing or place that is of greatest importance to an activity or interest
SYNONIMS:
axis, base, capital, central, core, cynosure, epicenter, eye, focus, ground zero, heart, hub, locus, mecca, navel, nerve center, nexus, nucleus, omphalos, seat
RELATED WORDS:
headquarters; happy hunting ground, hive, hotbed, hot spot, playground, playland; kernel, nub, pith; deep, thick; essence, quintessence, soul; attraction, lodestone ( loadstone), magnet, polestar
heart (noun)
3.
strength of mind to carry on in spite of danger
SYNONIMS:
bottle, bravery, courageousness, daring, daringness, dauntlessness, doughtiness, fearlessness, gallantry, greatheartedness, guts, gutsiness, hardihood, heart, heroism, intestinal fortitude, intrepidity, intrepidness, moxie, nerve, pecker, prowess, stoutness, valor, virtue
RELATED WORDS:
backbone, fiber, fortitude, grit, gumption, mettle, pluck, pluckiness, spunk, temper; determination, perseverance, resolution; endurance, stamina, stomach, tenacity; audacity, boldness, brazenness, cheek, cojones [], effrontery, gall, temerity
NEAR ANTONYMS:
cold feet, faintheartedness, fearfulness, mousiness, timidity, timorousness; feebleness, softness, weakness; impotence, ineffectualness; hesitation, indecision, indecisiveness, irresolution
cowardice, cowardliness, cravenness, dastardliness, poltroonery, spinelessness
heart (noun)
4.
the central part or aspect of something under consideration
SYNONIMS:
bottom line, bull's-eye, centerpiece, core, essence, gist, heart, kernel, keynote, meat, meat and potatoes, net, nub, nubbin, nucleus, pith, pivot, point, root, sum
RELATED WORDS:
course, direction, drift, tenor; body, content, substance; hypothesis, proposition, purport, subject, theme, thesis
heart (noun)
5.
the seat of one's deepest thoughts and emotions
SYNONIMS:
belly, blood, bone(s), bosom, breast, gut, heart, heartstrings, inner space, inside, quick, soul
RELATED WORDS:
conscience, mind
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