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throb

[throb] /θrɒb/
verb (used without object), throbbed, throbbing.
1.
to beat with increased force or rapidity, as the heart under the influence of emotion or excitement; palpitate.
2.
to feel or exhibit emotion:
He throbbed at the happy thought.
3.
to pulsate; vibrate:
The cello throbbed.
noun
4.
the act of throbbing.
5.
a violent beat or pulsation, as of the heart.
6.
any pulsation or vibration:
the throb of engines.
Origin of throb
1325-1375
1325-75; Middle English *throbben, implied in present participle throbbant throbbing < ?
Related forms
throbber, noun
throbbingly, adverb
outthrob, verb (used with object), outthrobbed, outthrobbing.
unthrobbing, adjective
Synonym Study
3. See pulsate.
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Examples from the Web for throbbed
Historical Examples
  • He put his hands up to his head, as if it throbbed or pained him.

  • At this point her hull had throbbed with air, movement, life; at this point all had been well.

    Under Arctic Ice H.G. Winter
  • But where were they whose beating hearts had throbbed with deep devotion?

  • The affair had by now throbbed itself into a question of her physical ease.

    Little Novels of Italy Maurice Henry Hewlett
  • His brain, inflamed and racked by the strain, throbbed in his head.

    Spring Street James H. Richardson
  • But the lapse of time was naught to her, nor the fever that throbbed in her head.

  • It throbbed in his temples, ached to the ends of his toes, set his body aflame with it.

    The Monster S. M. Tenneshaw
  • It throbbed with consciousness, with mysterious fibres of communication.

  • He spent a late hour with Mrs. Alsager, an hour that throbbed with calculation.

    Nona Vincent Henry James
  • But I loved her; every pulse in me throbbed love and longing at her approach.

    The Message Alec John Dawson
British Dictionary definitions for throbbed

throb

/θrɒb/
verb (intransitive) throbs, throbbing, throbbed
1.
to pulsate or beat repeatedly, esp with increased force: to throb with pain
2.
(of engines, drums, etc) to have a strong rhythmic vibration or beat
noun
3.
the act or an instance of throbbing, esp a rapid pulsation as of the heart: a throb of pleasure
Derived Forms
throbbing, adjective
throbbingly, adverb
Word Origin
C14: perhaps of imitative origin
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Word Origin and History for throbbed

throb

v.

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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throbbed in Medicine

throb (thrŏb)
v. throbbed, throb·bing, throbs
To beat rapidly or perceptibly, such as occurs in the heart or a constricted blood vessel. n.
A strong or rapid beat; a pulsation.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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Slang definitions & phrases for throbbed

throb

Related Terms

heartthrob

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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