- to beat with increased force or rapidity, as the heart under the influence of emotion or excitement; palpitate.
- to feel or exhibit emotion: He throbbed at the happy thought.
- to pulsate; vibrate: The cello throbbed.
- the act of throbbing.
- a violent beat or pulsation, as of the heart.
- any pulsation or vibration: the throb of engines.
Origin of throb
Examples from the Web for throb
No, it is not Ebola, though the throb of coverage would have it seem so.Midwest's 'Mystery Virus' Is Scary but Not Deadly
September 8, 2014
There you can see the very veins and the throb of the blood.The White Company
Arthur Conan Doyle
The throb of these sounds was as a background to the evening--fierce, passionate, barbaric.The Leopard Woman
Stewart Edward White
Every throb of his heart, almost every evolution of his brain, found an echo in me.
He wished to open his spirit to the feeling and throb of the living world.Cleo The Magnificent
Little by little his pulses quieted, his temples ceased to throb.The Genius
Margaret Horton Potter
- to pulsate or beat repeatedly, esp with increased forceto throb with pain
- (of engines, drums, etc) to have a strong rhythmic vibration or beat
- the act or an instance of throbbing, esp a rapid pulsation as of the hearta throb of pleasure
Word Origin and History for throb
mid-14c., of uncertain origin, perhaps meant to represent in sound the pulsation of arteries and veins or the heart. Related: Throbbed; throbbing. The noun is first attested 1570s.
- To beat rapidly or perceptibly, such as occurs in the heart or a constricted blood vessel.
- A strong or rapid beat; a pulsation.