American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To beat rapidly or violently, as the heart; pound.
- v. To vibrate, pulsate, or sound with a steady pronounced rhythm: boat engines throbbing.
- n. The act of throbbing; a beating, palpitation, or vibration.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To beat or pulsate, as the heart, but with increased or quickened force or rapidity; palpitate.
- To quiver or vibrate.
- n. A beat or strong pulsation; a violent beating, as of the heart and arteries; a palpitation: as, a throb of pleasure or of pain.
- v. intransitive To pound or beat rapidly or violently
- v. intransitive To vibrate or pulsate with a steady rhythm
- n. A beating, vibration or palpitation
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To beat, or pulsate, with more than usual force or rapidity; to beat in consequence of agitation; to palpitate; -- said of the heart, pulse, etc.
- n. A beat, or strong pulsation, as of the heart and arteries; a violent beating; a papitation
- n. a deep pulsating type of pain
- n. an instance of rapid strong pulsation (of the heart)
- v. tremble convulsively, as from fear or excitement
- v. expand and contract rhythmically; beat rhythmically
- v. pulsate or pound with abnormal force
- Appears 14th century; possibly of imitative origin. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English throbben, of imitative origin. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The steady _throb -- throb -- throb_ of the propeller was again shaking the yacht as she took up her journey.”
“As I stood waiting and listening for the enemy's order to attack, I could feel my heart go _throb, throb, throb, throb_, so hard that I seemed to be hearing it at the same time making a dull echo in my brain.”
“At last one word escaped from his lips, and in an instant -- _throb, throb, throb, throb_ -- there was a heavy beating on his ribs, a joyous whining sound greeted his ears, and a cold nose and wet tongue were playing about his face.”
“I'll be there steady ready to take up the fight of mother and daughter divided unsatisfied forever antagonistic cry sorrow let your ovary throb from the pain of my absence”
“And between the last ‘ob’ in the word throb and the words now written, I have passed a delicious period of perhaps an hour, perhaps a minute, I know not how long, thinking of that holy first love and of her who inspired it.”
“And between the last 'ob' in the word throb and the words now written, I have passed a delicious period of perhaps an hour, perhaps a minute, I know not how long, thinking of that holy first love and of her who inspired it.”
“a ruptured disk, the feet or knees whose throb is just the way it is.”
“I'm reaching the major changes stage, and trying to figure out how to make it all work makes my brain throb. (wum, wum, wum.)”
“Something uplifting in the criminal action of the girl so touched Frederick that the nearness of tears called a throb to his throat.”
“To this, as they went, every throb of her consciousness prompted her -- every throb, that is, but one, the throb of her deeper need to know where she”
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