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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR HEART

Give your heart up to it, as a little child led by its mother's hand!

And still, dearest Philothea, your heart speaks the same language.

By some mysterious power you have ever known my heart better than I myself have known it.

Yet all seemed cheerless; for the heart of Paralus was desolate.

But as Philothea bent over him, she perceived a faint pulsation of the heart.

I know it all by heart—all the things to say to a man on the downward path.

His spirit yearned after his father, and his heart was sick for his forest home.

He had become so wedded to his gold that to lose it was like losing his heart's blood.

The mother's heart was touched, and she forgot all her forebodings.

Her heart seemed not easy to reach; her impulses were not inflammable.

WORD ORIGIN

Old English heorte "heart; breast, soul, spirit, will, desire; courage; mind, intellect," from Proto-Germanic *khertan- (cf. Old Saxon herta, Old Frisian herte, Old Norse hjarta, Dutch hart, Old High German herza, German Herz, Gothic hairto), from PIE *kerd- "heart" (cf. Greek kardia, Latin cor, Old Irish cride, Welsh craidd, Hittite kir, Lithuanian širdis, Russian serdce "heart," Breton kreiz "middle," Old Church Slavonic sreda "middle").

Spelling with -ea- is c.1500, reflecting what then was a long vowel, and remained when pronunciation shifted. Most of the figurative senses were present in Old English, including "intellect, memory," now only in by heart. Heart attack attested from 1875; heart disease is from 1864. The card game hearts is so called from 1886.

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