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Pulmonary adjective [ Latin pulmonarius , from pulmo , -onis , a lung; of uncertain origin, perhaps named from its lightness, and akin to English float : confer French pulmonaire . Confer Pneumonia .] Of or pertaining to the lungs; affecting the lungs; pulmonic.

Pulmonary artery . See the Note under Artery .

Pulmonary noun [ Confer French pulmonaire . See Pulmonary , adjective ] (Botany) Lungwort. Ainsworth.

Pulmonata noun plural [ New Latin , from Latin pulmo , -onis , a lung.] (Zoology) An extensive division, or sub-class, of hermaphrodite gastropods, in which the mantle cavity is modified into an air-breathing organ, as in Helix, or land snails, Limax, or garden slugs, and many pond snails, as Limnæa and Planorbis.

Pulmonate adjective (Zoology) (a) Having breathing organs that act as lungs. (b) Pertaining to the Pulmonata. -- noun One of the Pulmonata.

Pulmonated adjective same as Pulmonate (a) .

Pulmonibranchiata noun plural [ New Latin , from Latin pulmo , -onis , a lung + Greek ... a gill.] (Zoology) Same as Pulmonata .

Pulmonibranchiate adjective & noun (Zoology) Same as Pulmonate .

Pulmonic adjective [ Latin pulmo , -onis , a lung: confer French pulmonique .] Relating to, or affecting the lungs; pulmonary. -- noun A pulmonic medicine.

Pulmonifera noun plural [ New Latin See Pulmoniferous .] (Zoology) Same as Pulmonata .

Pulmoniferous adjective [ Latin pulmo , -onis , a lung + -ferous .] (Zoology) Having lungs; pulmonate.

Pulmotor noun [ Latin pulmo lung + English motor .] An apparatus for producing artificial respiration by pumping oxygen or air or a mixture of the two into and out of the lungs, as of a person who has been asphyxiated by drowning, breathing poisonous gases, or the like, or of one who has been stunned by an electrical shock.

Pulp noun [ Latin pulpa flesh, pith, pulp of fruit: confer French pulpe .] A moist, slightly cohering mass, consisting of soft, undissolved animal or vegetable matter. Specifically: (a) (Anat.) A tissue or part resembling pulp; especially, the soft, highly vascular and sensitive tissue which fills the central cavity, called the pulp cavity, of teeth. (b) (Botany) The soft, succulent part of fruit; as, the pulp of a grape. (c) The exterior part of a coffee berry. B. Edwards. (d) The material of which paper is made when ground up and suspended in water.

Pulp transitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Pulped ; present participle & verbal noun Pulping .]
1. To reduce to pulp.

2. To deprive of the pulp, or integument.

The other mode is to pulp the coffee immediately as it comes from the tree. By a simple machine a man will pulp a bushel in a minute.
B. Edwards.

Pulpatoon noun [ French poulpeton , poupeton , a sort of ragout.] A kind of delicate confectionery or cake, perhaps made from the pulp of fruit. [ Obsolete] Nares.

Pulpiness noun the quality or state of being pulpy.

Pulpit noun [ Latin pulpitum : confer Old French pulpite , French pulpitre .]


1. An elevated place, or inclosed stage, in a church, in which the clergyman stands while preaching.

I stand like a clerk in my pulpit .
Chaucer.

2. The whole body of the clergy; preachers as a class; also, preaching.

I say the pulpit (in the sober use
Of its legitimate, peculiar powers)
Must stand acknowledged, while the world shall stand,
The most important and effectual guard,
Support, and ornament of virtue's cause.
Cowper.

3. A desk, or platform, for an orator or public speaker.

Pulpit adjective Of or pertaining to the pulpit, or preaching; as, a pulpit orator; pulpit eloquence.

Pulpited adjective Placed in a pulpit. [ R.]

Sit . . . at the feet of a pulpited divine.
Milton.

Pulpiteer noun One who speaks in a pulpit; a preacher; -- so called in contempt. Howell.

We never can think it sinful that Burns should have been humorous on such a pulpiteer .
Prof. Wilson.

Pulpiter noun A preacher. [ Obsolete]

Pulpitical adjective Of or pertaining to the pulpit; suited to the pulpit. [ R.] -- Pul*pit"ic*al*ly , adverb [ R.] Chesterfield.

Pulpitish adjective Of or pertaining to the pulpit; like preaching. Chalmers.

Pulpitry noun The teaching of the pulpit; preaching. [ R. & Obsolete] " Mere pulpitry ." Milton.

Pulpous adjective [ Latin pulposus : confer French pulpeux . See Pulp .] Containing pulp; pulpy. " Pulpous fruit." J. Philips. -- Pulp"ous*ness , noun

Pulpy noun Like pulp; consisting of pulp; soft; fleshy; succulent; as, the pulpy covering of a nut; the pulpy substance of a peach or a cherry.

Pulque noun [ Spanish ] An intoxicating Mexican drink. See Agave .

Pulsate intransitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Pulsated ; present participle & verbal noun Pulsating .] [ Latin pulsatus , past participle of pulsare to beat, strike, v. intens. from pellere to beat, strike, drive. See Pulse a beating, and confer Pulse , v. ] To throb, as a pulse; to beat, as the heart.

The heart of a viper or frog will continue to pulsate long after it is taken from the body.
E. Darwin.

Pulsatile adjective [ Confer Italian pulsatile , Spanish pulsatil .]
1. Capable of being struck or beaten; played by beating or by percussion; as, a tambourine is a pulsatile musical instrument.

2. Pulsating; throbbing, as a tumor.

Pulsatilla noun [ New Latin ] (Botany) A genus of ranunculaceous herbs including the pasque flower. This genus is now merged in Anemone . Some species, as Anemone Pulsatilla , Anemone pratensis , and Anemone patens , are used medicinally.

Pulsation noun [ Latin pulsatio a beating or striking: confer French pulsation .]
1. (Physiol.) A beating or throbbing, especially of the heart or of an artery, or in an inflamed part; a beat of the pulse.

2. A single beat or throb of a series.

3. A stroke or impulse by which some medium is affected, as in the propagation of sounds.

4. (Law) Any touching of another's body willfully or in anger. This constitutes battery .

By the Cornelian law, pulsation as well as verberation is prohibited.
Blackstone.

Pulsative adjective [ Confer French pulsatif .] Beating; throbbing.

Pulsator noun [ Latin ]
1. A beater; a striker.

2. (Mech.) That which beats or throbs in working.

Pulsatory adjective [ Confer French pulsatoire .] Capable of pulsating; throbbing. Sir H. Wotton. .

Pulse noun [ Middle English puls , Latin puls , pultis , a thick pap or pottage made of meal, pulse, etc. See Poultice , and confer Pousse .] Leguminous plants, or their seeds, as beans, pease, etc.

If all the world
Should, in a pet of temperance, feed on pulse.
Milton.

Pulse noun [ Middle English pous , Old French pous , French pouls , from Latin pulsus (sc. venarum ), the beating of the pulse, the pulse, from pellere , pulsum , to beat, strike; confer Greek ... to swing, shake, ... to shake. Confer Appeal , Compel , Impel , Push .]
1. (Physiol.) The beating or throbbing of the heart or blood vessels, especially of the arteries.

» In an artery the pulse is due to the expansion and contraction of the elastic walls of the artery by the action of the heart upon the column of blood in the arterial system. On the commencement of the diastole of the ventricle, the semilunar valves are closed, and the aorta recoils by its elasticity so as to force part of its contents into the vessels farther onwards. These, in turn, as they already contain a certain quantity of blood, expand, recover by an elastic recoil, and transmit the movement with diminished intensity. Thus a series of movements, gradually diminishing in intensity, pass along the arterial system (see the Note under Heart ). For the sake of convenience, the radial artery at the wrist is generally chosen to detect the precise character of the pulse. The pulse rate varies with age, position, sex, stature, physical and psychical influences, etc.

2. Any measured or regular beat; any short, quick motion, regularly repeated, as of a medium in the transmission of light, sound, etc.; oscillation; vibration; pulsation; impulse; beat; movement.

The measured pulse of racing oars.
Tennyson.

When the ear receives any simple sound, it is struck by a single pulse of the air, which makes the eardrum and the other membranous parts vibrate according to the nature and species of the stroke.
Burke.

Pulse glass , an instrument consisting to a glass tube with terminal bulbs, and containing ether or alcohol, which the heat of the hand causes to boil; -- so called from the pulsating motion of the liquid when thus warmed. -- Pulse wave (Physiol.) , the wave of increased pressure started by the ventricular systole, radiating from the semilunar valves over the arterial system, and gradually disappearing in the smaller branches.

the pulse wave travels over the arterial system at the rate of about 29.5 feet in a second.
H. N. Martin.

-- To feel one's pulse . (a) To ascertain, by the sense of feeling, the condition of the arterial pulse. (b) Hence, to sound one's opinion; to try to discover one's mind.

Pulse intransitive verb To beat, as the arteries; to move in pulses or beats; to pulsate; to throb. Ray.

Pulse transitive verb [ See Pulsate , Pulse a beating.] To drive by a pulsation; to cause to pulsate. [ R.]

Pulseless adjective Having no pulsation; lifeless.

Pulselessness noun The state of being pulseless.

Pulsific adjective [ Pulse + Latin facere to make.] Exciting the pulse; causing pulsation.

Pulsimeter noun [ Pulse + -meter .] (Physiol.) A sphygmograph.

Pulsion noun [ Latin pulsio , from pellere , pulsum , to drive: confer French pulsion .] The act of driving forward; propulsion; -- opposed to suction or traction . [ R.]

Pulsive adjective Tending to compel; compulsory. [ R.] "The pulsive strain of conscience." Marston.

Pulsometer noun [ Pulse + -meter .]


1. A device, with valves, for raising water by steam, partly by atmospheric pressure, and partly by the direct action of the steam on the water, without the intervention of a piston; -- also called vacuum pump .

2. A pulsimeter.

Pult transitive verb To put. [ Obsolete] Piers Plowman.

Pultaceous adjective [ Confer French pultacé . See 1st Pulse .] Macerated; softened; nearly fluid.

Pultesse, Pultise noun Poultry. [ Obsolete] Chaucer.

Pulu noun A vegetable substance consisting of soft, elastic, yellowish brown chaff, gathered in the Hawaiian Islands from the young fronds of free ferns of the genus Cibotium , chiefly C. Menziesii ; -- used for stuffing mattresses, cushions, etc., and as an absorbent.

Pulverable adjective Capable of being reduced to fine powder. Boyle.

Pulveraceous adjective (Botany) Having a finely powdered surface; pulverulent.