- to pulsate with unusual rapidity from exertion, emotion, disease, etc.; flutter: His heart palpitated wildly.
- to pulsate; quiver; throb; tremble.
- to cause to pulsate or tremble.
Origin of palpitate
Related Words for palpitatingpound, quiver, throb, pulsate, pulse, shiver, vibrate, tremble, flutter, pitter-patter
Examples from the Web for palpitating
Historical Examples of palpitating
They were sorry for the little white-faced, palpitating thing.Life and Death of Harriett Frean
When he was finally in the coat, she was rather flushed and palpitating.K
Mary Roberts Rinehart
They stood before him palpitating like birds, poised, tense for flight.The Leopard Woman
Stewart Edward White
Then Pierre, having quieted his palpitating heart, drew near.The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete
I stood by with a palpitating heart as he turned the lock and opened the door.City of Endless Night
- (of the heart) to beat with abnormal rapidity
- to flutter or tremble
Word Origin for palpitate
1620s, from Latin palpitatus, past participle of palpitare "to throb, flutter" (see palpitation). Related: Palpitated; palpitating.