the deepest feelings; the strongest affections:
to tug at one’s heartstrings.
(often facetious) deep emotions or feelings
late 15c., originally literal, in old anatomy theory “the tendons and nerves that brace the heart;” from heart + string (n.). Transferred and figurative sense from 1590s.
[hahrt-throb] /ˈhɑrtˌθrɒb/ noun 1. a rapid beat or pulsation of the . 2. a passionate or sentimental emotion. 3. . noun One’s deeply beloved: Who’s your heartthrob this week? (1920s+)
[hahrt-throb] /ˈhɑrtˌθrɒb/ noun 1. a rapid beat or pulsation of the . 2. a passionate or sentimental emotion. 3. . noun 1. an object of infatuation 2. a heart beat n. also heartthrob, 1839, from heart (n.) + throb (n.). Of persons who inspire romantic feelings, from 1928. noun One’s deeply beloved: Who’s your heartthrob […]
[hahrt-tuh-hahrt] /ˈhɑrt təˌhɑrt/ adjective 1. frank; sincere: We had a heart-to-heart talk about his poor attendance. noun 2. Informal. a frank talk, especially between two persons. adjective 1. (esp of a conversation or discussion) concerned with personal problems or intimate feelings noun 2. an intimate conversation or discussion
noun 1. an echinoderm of the order Spatangoida, having an elongate, somewhat heart-shaped outer covering. noun 1. any echinoderm of the genus Echinocardium, having a heart-shaped body enclosed in a rigid spiny test: class Echinoidea (sea urchins)
[hahrt-wawr-ming] /ˈhɑrtˌwɔr mɪŋ/ adjective 1. gratifying; rewarding; satisfying: a heartwarming response to his work. adj. 1899, from heart + present participle of warm (v.).