[ puhl-suh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee ]

  1. pulsating or throbbing.

Origin of pulsatory

First recorded in 1605–15; pulsat(ion) + -ory1

Words Nearby pulsatory

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How to use pulsatory in a sentence

  • Systaltic, sis-tal′tik, adj. alternately contracting and dilating, pulsatory.

  • Thus our final conclusion is that during historic times there have been pulsatory changes of climate.

    Climatic Changes | Ellsworth Huntington
  • The considerations which have just been set forth have led to a third hypothesis, that of pulsatory climatic changes.

    Climatic Changes | Ellsworth Huntington
  • In the case of the pulsatory hypothesis we are fortunately able to apply this test by means of trees.

    Climatic Changes | Ellsworth Huntington
  • The latter had a curious, irritating effect on Nasmyth, who hitherto had scarcely noticed the insistent pulsatory clamor.

    The Long Portage | Harold Bindloss

British Dictionary definitions for pulsatory


/ (ˈpʌlsətərɪ, -trɪ) /

  1. of or relating to pulsation

  2. throbbing or pulsating

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