heart

As the heart is the central organ of the human body, so the word heart has come to mean a central location of an organization or system, as well as being used to describe courage and generosity.

We can see the Germanic influences in the word heart by looking at the Old Saxon herta and the German herz. If we go back even further, however, we see the word also has ties to the Greek kardia, which makes sense when we consider that the prefix cardio refers to the heart. For example, a cardio workout is one that gets the heart pumping harder, and a cardiologist is a doctor of the heart. If someone asks that you "have a heart," however, they are appealing to your sense of generosity not to the blood-pumping organ.

Definitions of heart
  1. noun
    the hollow muscular organ located behind the sternum and between the lungs; its rhythmic contractions move the blood through the body
    “he stood still, his heart thumping wildly”
    synonyms: pump, ticker
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    types:
    athlete's heart
    enlarged heart commonly found among athletes trained for endurance
    biauriculate heart
    a heart (as of mammals and birds and reptiles) having two auricles
    type of:
    internal organ, viscus
    a main organ that is situated inside the body
  2. noun
    a firm rather dry variety meat (usually beef or veal)
    “a five-pound beef heart will serve six”
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    type of:
    organs, variety meat
    edible viscera of a butchered animal
  3. noun
    the locus of feelings and intuitions
    “in your heart you know it is true”
    synonyms: bosom
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    hunch, intuition, suspicion
    an impression that something might be the case
  4. noun
    an inclination or tendency of a certain kind
    “he had a change of heart
    synonyms: spirit
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    type of:
    disposition, temperament
    your usual mood
  5. noun
    the courage to carry on
    “you haven't got the heart for baseball”
    synonyms: mettle, nerve, spunk
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    braveness, bravery, courage, courageousness
    a quality of spirit that enables you to face danger or pain without showing fear
  6. noun
    a positive feeling of liking
    “the child won everyone's heart
    synonyms: affection, affectionateness, fondness, philia, tenderness, warmheartedness, warmness
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    attachment, fond regard
    a feeling of affection for a person or an institution
    protectiveness
    a feeling of protective affection
    regard, respect
    a feeling of friendship and esteem
    soft spot
    a sentimental affection
    type of:
    feeling
    the experiencing of affective and emotional states
  7. noun
    an area that is approximately central within some larger region
    “they ran forward into the heart of the struggle”
    synonyms: center, centre, eye, middle
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    City of London
    the part of London situated within the ancient boundaries; the commercial and financial center of London
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    center stage, centre stage
    the central area on a theater stage
    central city, city center, city centre
    the central part of a city
    storm center, storm centre
    the central area or place of lowest barometric pressure within a storm
    financial center
    the part of a city where financial institutions are centered
    hub
    a center of activity or interest or commerce or transportation; a focal point around which events revolve
    inner city
    the older and more populated and (usually) poorer central section of a city
    medical center
    the part of a city where medical facilities are centered
    midfield
    (sports) the middle part of a playing field (as in football or lacrosse)
    seat
    a center of authority (as a city from which authority is exercised)
    midstream
    the middle of a stream
    capital
    a seat of government
    civic center, down town, municipal center
    the center of a city
    county courthouse, county seat
    the town or city that is the seat of government for a county
    county town, shire town
    the town or city that is the seat of government for a shire
    see
    the seat within a bishop's diocese where his cathedral is located
    type of:
    area, country
    a particular geographical region of indefinite boundary (usually serving some special purpose or distinguished by its people or culture or geography)
  8. noun
    the choicest or most essential or most vital part of some idea or experience
    “the heart and soul of the Republican Party”
    synonyms: center, centre, core, essence, gist, heart and soul, inwardness, kernel, marrow, meat, nitty-gritty, nub, pith, substance, sum
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    bare bones
    (plural) the most basic facts or elements
    hypostasis
    (metaphysics) essential nature or underlying reality
    haecceity, quiddity
    the essence that makes something the kind of thing it is and makes it different from any other
    distillation, quintessence
    the purest and most concentrated essence of something
    stuff
    a critically important or characteristic component
    type of:
    cognitive content, content, mental object
    the sum or range of what has been perceived, discovered, or learned
  9. noun
    a plane figure with rounded sides curving inward at the top and intersecting at the bottom; conventionally used on playing cards and valentines
    “he drew a heart and called it a valentine”
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    type of:
    plane figure, two-dimensional figure
    a two-dimensional shape
  10. noun
    a playing card in the major suit that has one or more red hearts on it
    “he led the queen of hearts
    hearts were trumps”
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    type of:
    playing card
    one of a pack of cards that are used to play card games
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