- 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
1325–75; Middle English *throbben, implied in present participle throbbant throbbing < ?
3. See pulsate.
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- 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
C14: perhaps of imitative origin
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Word Origin and History for throbber
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
- To beat rapidly or perceptibly, such as occurs in the heart or a constricted blood vessel.
- A strong or rapid beat; a pulsation.
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