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[puhl-suh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee]
  1. pulsating or throbbing.
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Origin of pulsatory

First recorded in 1605–15; pulsat(ion) + -ory1
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Examples from the Web for pulsatory

Historical Examples

  • Eating, Walking,—all our most elementary movements are pulsatory.

    Essays Towards a Theory of Knowledge

    Alexander Philip

  • The microphonic currents are intermittent or pulsatory, and always flow in the same direction.

  • It is often possible to obtain record of the pulsatory nature of growth-elongation.

    Life Movements in Plants

    Sir Jagadis Chunder Bose

  • It is evident that a pulsatory as well as an alternating current might be used to drive or operate the motors above described.

  • A third species of dynamo is the pulsatory, in which the current flow is invariable in direction, but proceeds in waves.

British Dictionary definitions for pulsatory


  1. of or relating to pulsation
  2. throbbing or pulsating
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