from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- intransitive v. To move with a slight tremulous motion; tremble, shake, or quiver.
- intransitive v. To beat with excessive rapidity; throb.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. to throb, beat strongly
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- intransitive v. To beat rapidly and more strongly than usual; to throb; to bound with emotion or exertion; to pulsate violently; to flutter; -- said specifically of the heart when its action is abnormal, as from excitement.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To beat or pulsate rapidly; throb; flutter or move with slight throbs (said specifically of the heart when it is characterized by an abnormal or excited movement); tremble; quiver.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. shake with fast, tremulous movements
- v. cause to throb or beat rapidly
- v. beat rapidly
Latin palpitāre, palpitāt-, frequentative of palpāre, to touch gently; see palpable.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)