American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A trembling or shaking.
- n. Irregular, rapid beating or pulsation of the heart.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The act of palpitating, throbbing, quivering, or trembling; specifically, a beating or pulsation of the heart, particularly a violent and unnatural beating or pulsation, such as is excited by violent action, by emotion, or by disease.
- n. An abnormal awareness of the beating of the heart.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A rapid pulsation; a throbbing; esp., an abnormal, rapid beating of the heart as when excited by violent exertion, strong emotion, or by disease.
- n. a rapid and irregular heart beat
- n. a shaky motion
“Under this authority the term palpitation may be employed to mark those morbid motions which chiefly characterise this disease, notwithstanding that this term has been anticipated by Sauvages, as characteristic of another species of tremor .”
“A heart palpitation occurs when a person feels that his or her heart is beating irregularly.”
“In connexion with the heart there are three phenomena, which, though apparently of the same nature, are really not so, namely palpitation, pulsation, and respiration.”
“I wake up at the slightest noise in the night, and, having some nerves of my own, usually get a case of heart palpitation, which is deucedly unpleasant.”
“Thus, in connection with the heart, its natural pulsation is energy, whereas its palpitation, which is an excessive and unnatural movement, is passion and not energy.”
“You see at once a chance for constriction of the aorta by the muscles under which it passes, causing without doubt much of the disease known as palpitation of the heart, which is only a bouncing back of the blood that has been stopped at the crura.”
“It is connected with the main part of the mountain by a narrow ridge, barely broad enough for a mule-path, with treeless slopes on either hand, so steep, that, on our return, the _Teniente_ preferred risking an attack of "palpitation" to riding along its crest.”
“And in all cases emotional reaction may set in with anxieties, and bodily symptoms such as palpitation of the heart may result, whenever an effort is made to disregard the nervous fear.”
“Another kind of palpitation may sometimes arise from the retrograde motions of the heart, as in fear.”
“Sometimes my pulse beat so quickly and hardly, that I felt the palpitation of every artery; at others, I nearly sank to the ground through languor and extreme weakness.”
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