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.
the act of throbbing.
a violent beat or pulsation, as of the heart.
any pulsation or vibration: the throb of engines.
- throb·ber, noun
- out·throb, verb (used with object), out·throbbed, out·throb·bing.
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How to use throb in a sentence
Indeed, Solms shows how throbs of pleasure and pain guide our interactions with the world, making it possible for us to navigate a sea of uncertainty.
Fame came with ER in the mid-1990s and Clooney's role as heart-throb doctor Doug Ross.
No, it is not Ebola, though the throb of coverage would have it seem so.
But this time, with all his cunning and perspiration, he could not induce another throb in the tired engines.The Joyous Adventures of Aristide Pujol | William J. Locke
Could your millions, tea-king, buy for me a sweeter music than the valley's heart throb as it rocks itself to sleep?The Soldier of the Valley | Nelson Lloyd
Winston felt his pulses throb faster, for the girl's unabated confidence stirred him, but he looked at her gravely.Winston of the Prairie | Harold Bindloss
The next moment the engine began to throb regularly, and the blades of the propeller whirled.The Girls of Central High on the Stage | Gertrude W. Morrison
Kari stood and a quiver ran through his muscles and I could see his body throb.Kari the Elephant | Dhan Gopal Mukerji
British Dictionary definitions for throb
to pulsate or beat repeatedly, esp with increased force: to 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 heart: a throb of pleasure
- throbbing, adjective
- throbbingly, adverb
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