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  • v. Third-person singular simple present indicative form of palpitate.


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  • Her fear of white brutality so palpitates her heart the she races home, stumbling hard along the way, to gather her children around in the safety of their small home.

    Paul Kleyman: Give The Help and Black Working Women a Break

  • Appignanesi has enjoyed putting some unlikely writers to bed together; 12th-century Capellanus's rules for love ("When a lover suddenly catches sight of his beloved his heart palpitates") sit alongside The Rules: Time-Tested Secrets for Capturing the Heart of Mr Right, 1995 ("Don't meet him halfway or go Dutch with him on a date", and "Always end phone calls first").

    Love in literature

  • A measure of fantasy palpitates, bringing meaning to the unimaginable and symbolically bringing life to the overtures of the heart.

    Amor y romanticismo 3

  • Flanked by two suitcases, one of which is held together by a frayed rope, he palpitates, out of shape and undernourished.

    Tales From the Windy City

  • It palpitates its own unique rhythms, it swishes and leaps, flutters like a bird, taps her awake.

    Adrienne Benson Scherger: Not a Usual Grandmother: Evelyn Ellis Cohelan at Ninety

  • Modeste walked straight to her little Chinese table, a gift from her father, and wrote a letter dictated by the infernal spirit of vengeance which palpitates in the hearts of young girls.

    Modeste Mignon

  • For when a defluxion of cold phlegm takes place on the lungs and heart, the blood is chilled, and the veins, being violently chilled, palpitate in the lungs and heart, and the heart palpitates, so that from this necessity asthma and orthopnoea supervene.

    On The Sacred Disease

  • “Shall I write to him to send the letter back?” palpitates poor little Laura; for she thought her husband was offended, by using the ironic method.

    The Newcomes

  • It has a huge crater on its summit 800 feet in depth, and a pit of unresting fire on its side; it throbs and rumbles, and palpitates; it has sent forth floods of fire over all this part of Hawaii, and at any moment it may be crowned with a lonely light, showing that its tremendous forces are again in activity.

    The Hawaiian Archipelago

  • O gracious heaven! how my heart palpitates, when I tell you that this only son of Mr

    The Expedition of Humphry Clinker


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