Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Shaking; trembling.
  • adj. Undergoing pulsation; pulsating.

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  • adj. palpitating, throbbing

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Palpitating; throbbing; trembling.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Palpitating; pulsating or throbbing visibly; quivering.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. having a slight and rapid trembling motion

Etymologies

Latin palpitāns, palpitant-, present participle of palpitāre, to palpitate; see palpitate.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • Could you know that your letter with its catalogue of advantages and arrangements must offend me as much as if, belies (let us hope) you and the woman of your love, I would pardon the affront of it upon us all, and ascribe the unseemly want of warmth to reserve or to the sadness which grips the heart when joy is too palpitant.

    The Kempton-Wace Letters

  • But over all and through all poured the flame of her -- the unanalyzable something that was fire and that was the soul of her, that lay mellow-warm or blazed in her eyes, that sprayed the cheeks of her, that distended the nostrils, that curled the lip, or, when the lip was in repose, that was still there in the lip, the lip palpitant with its presence.

    The Wit of Porportuk

  • It soared upward with a swift rush, till it reached its topmost note, where it persisted, palpitant and tense, and then slowly died away.

    The Trail of Meat

  • But love, real love, dewy and palpitant and tender, you do not know.

    The House of Pride and Other Tales of Hawaii:The House of Pride

  • Sensation usurped reason, and he was quivering and palpitant with emotions he had never known, drifting deliciously on a sea of sensibility where feeling itself was exalted and spiritualized and carried beyond the summits of life.

    Chapter 3

  • Came a beautiful fall day, warm and languid, palpitant with the hush of the changing season, a California Indian summer day, with hazy sun and wandering wisps of breeze that did not stir the slumber of the air.

    Chapter 21

  • And through the swaying, palpitant vision, as through a fairy mirage, he stared at the real woman, sitting there and talking of literature and art.

    Chapter 1

  • Ceci dit je n'ai pas grand chose a dire et meme les jours ou j'ai le net je ne viens pas ici car franchement vous dire combien de saucisses de morteau j'ai vendu dans la journee n'est pas tres palpitant.

    pinku-tk Diary Entry

  • I had come to within a few paces of it, when, suddenly, a peculiar sense of fear thrilled through me — a fear, palpitant and real; whence, I knew not, nor why.

    The House on the Borderland

  • Finalement j'ai fait ma journee comme ca c pas tres palpitant.

    pinku-tk Diary Entry

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