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.
- pal·pi·tat·ing·ly, adverb
- un·pal·pi·tat·ing, adjective
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How to use palpitate in a sentence
The clear and radiant sky was drowned in a quivering radiance of gold, that was like a thing alive and sensitively palpitating.Bella Donna | Robert Hichens
Grander and grander the melody rose, voicing loves triumph with wondrous sweetness and palpitating rhythm.The Fifth String | John Philip Sousa
His warm and palpitating generalisations, for all the flaws in their reasoning, bear the irrefutable mark of moral reality.The Life of Mazzini | Bolton King
Above this, at a height of about ten feet, glittered a palpitating silver canopy, almost blinding in its sparkle and its sheen.The Boy With the U. S. Fisheries | Francis Rolt-Wheeler
They feed only on living prey, which they chew slowly, beginning at the belly, and boring slowly into the palpitating cavity.The Natural Philosophy of Love | Remy de Gourmont
British Dictionary definitions for palpitate
(of the heart) to beat with abnormal rapidity
to flutter or tremble
- palpitant, adjective
- palpitation, noun
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