heart-n; 11 Senses

Sense Number 1: intuitions, a hunch or feeling

Commentary: HEART[+state][+mental][+intuition][+hunch/+suspicion]

In my heart I know she is right.
Sally poured her heart out last night to Mary, over dinner.
Bob has had a change of heart about the new job in Seattle.

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 1, 6

Sense Number 2: a muscular organ that pumps blood through the body

Commentary: HEART[+entity][+structure][+anatomical][+organ][+muscular][+pump][+blood]

His father was a famous heart surgeon in Houston.
They detected a heart murmur in the infant.
They have beef heart on the menu.
John got his resting heart rate down by doing regular aerobic exercise.
The diva put her hand to her heart as the audience gave a standing ovation. (figurative extension)

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 2, 8

Sense Number 3: having spunk, courage, enthusiasm

Commentary: HEART[+quality][+emotional][+courage]
NOTE: can refer to a temporary outlook or behavior during one event (unlike Sense 6)

The race horse showed great heart and came from behind to win the race by a length.
The team was losing heart as the opposing pitcher kept striking them out.
The patient took heart from the encouraging news of his latest test results.
It takes a lot of heart to keep going after a setback of that magnitude.
He has really put his heart into this project.

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 3

Sense Number 4: the center or middle of something, the locus

Commentary: HEART[+location][+center][+locus]

They have an apartment right in the heart of Manhattan.
She made a Caesar salad with hearts of romaine lettuce.
He was the heart and soul of the Chicago Democratic Party for decades. (at the center of its activities)

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 4

Sense Number 5: the essence or gist of something

Commentary: HEART[+quality][+fundamental][+essence]

The negotiators have not really gotten to the heart of this labor dispute.
Pete's jealousy of his brother's financial success is really the heart of the family tension.
Anne Frank believed that people are really good at heart.

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 5

Sense Number 6: temperament or disposition, outlook

Commentary: HEART[+quality][+personality][+temperament]
NOTE: refers to an ongoing disposition, not behavior during a single event

Those volunteers all have big hearts.
The old pirate had an evil heart.
Betty thinks Bob has no heart to disdain the federal programs for the poor.
Bob thinks Betty is a bleeding heart liberal.
John is finally getting over his broken heart.
Mary is the kind of person who wears her heart on her sleeve.

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 6

Sense Number 7: a form or figure, a shape

Commentary: HEART[+entity][+form][+shape][+figure][+plane/+3D]

The child drew a big red heart on the envelope.
The woman had a small heart tattooed on her shoulder.
I got chocolates on Valentine's Day in a box shaped like a heart.

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 7

Sense Number 8: affection or fondness for something

Commentary: HEART[+state][+mental][+emotion][+fondness]

The great king won the hearts and minds of the populace.
We lost our hearts to the six-week-old yellow lab puppy.
The young princess declared she would never give her heart to any man.

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 9

Sense Number 9: a playing card in a major suit

Commentary: HEART[+entity][+artifact][+card][+playing][+suit][+major]

Mary held five hearts in her bridge hand.
The card I'm holding is either a diamond or a heart.
John bid three hearts.

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 10

Sense Number 10: by rote, from memory

Commentary: Idiom: by heart

The actor learned all his lines by heart in three days.
She recited the entire poem of the Rime of the Ancient Mariner by heart.

WordNet 0.0 Sense Numbers: idiom

Sense Number 11: with deep concern

Commentary: Idiom: to heart

You shouldn't take their criticisms to heart so much.
He actually took Bob's suggestion to heart and started a company!

WordNet 0.0 Sense Numbers: idiom