from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To cause to feel a sudden intense sensation; excite greatly.
- transitive v. To give great pleasure to; delight. See Synonyms at enrapture.
- transitive v. To cause to quiver, tremble, or vibrate.
- intransitive v. To feel a sudden quiver of excitement or emotion.
- intransitive v. To quiver, tremble, or vibrate.
- n. A quivering or trembling caused by sudden excitement or emotion.
- n. A source or cause of excitement or emotion.
- n. Pathology A slight palpable vibration that often accompanies certain cardiac and circulatory abnormalities.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To suddenly excite someone, or to give someone great pleasure; to (figuratively) electrify; to experience such a sensation.
- v. To (cause something to) tremble or quiver.
- v. To pierce.
- n. a trembling or quivering, especially one caused by emotion
- n. a cause of sudden excitement; a kick
- n. a slight quivering of the heart that accompanies a cardiac murmur
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A warbling; a trill.
- n. A breathing place or hole; a nostril, as of a bird.
- transitive v. To perforate by a pointed instrument; to bore; to transfix; to drill.
- transitive v. Hence, to affect, as if by something that pierces or pricks; to cause to have a shivering, throbbing, tingling, or exquisite sensation; to pierce; to penetrate.
- transitive v. To hurl; to throw; to cast.
- intransitive v. To pierce, as something sharp; to penetrate; especially, to cause a tingling sensation that runs through the system with a slight shivering.
- intransitive v. To feel a sharp, shivering, tingling, or exquisite sensation, running through the body.
- n. A drill. See 3d drill, 1.
- n. A sensation as of being thrilled; a tremulous excitement.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To bore; pierce; perforate; drill: thirl. Compare thirl, 1.
- To penetrate or permeate with a sudden wave of feeling, as of pleasure, pity, remorse, etc.; affect or fill with a tingling emotion or sensation. Compare thirl, 2.
- To hurl.
- To penetrate or permeate; pass, run, or stir with sudden permeating inflow; move quiveringly or so as to cause a sort of shivering sensation.
- To be agitated or moved by or as by the permeating inflow of some subtle feeling or influence; quiver; shiver.
- To quiver or move with a tremulous movement; vibrate; throb, as a voice.
- n. A hole; specifically, a breathing-hole: a nostril. Compare nostril (nose-thrill).
- n. A subtle permeating influx of emotion or sensation; a feeling that permeates the whole system with subtle, irresistible force: as, a thrill of horror.
- n. In medicine, a peculiar tremor felt, in certain conditions of the respiratory or circulatory organs, upon applying the hand to the body; fremitus.
- n. A throb; a beat or pulsation.
- n. A tale or book the hearing or perusal of which sends a thrill or sensation of pleasure, pity, or excitement through one; a sensational story.
- To warble; trill.
- n. A warbling; a trill.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. something that causes you to experience a sudden intense feeling or sensation
- v. feel sudden intense sensation or emotion
- n. an almost pleasurable sensation of fright
- v. cause to be thrilled by some perceptual input
- v. tremble convulsively, as from fear or excitement
- v. fill with sublime emotion
- n. the swift release of a store of affective force
Middle English thrillen, alteration of thirlen, to pierce, from Old English thȳrlian, from thȳrel, hole; see terə-2 in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old English þyrlian. (Wiktionary)