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throb

[ throb ]
/ θrɒb /
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verb (used without object), throbbed, throb·bing.
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.
to pulsate; vibrate: The cello throbbed.
noun
the act of throbbing.
a violent beat or pulsation, as of the heart.
any pulsation or vibration: the throb of engines.
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Origin of throb

1325–75; Middle English *throbben, implied in present participle throbbant throbbing < ?

synonym study for throb

3. See pulsate.

OTHER WORDS FROM throb

throbber, nounthrob·bing·ly, adverboutthrob, verb (used with object), out·throbbed, out·throb·bing.un·throb·bing, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for throb

throb
/ (θrɒb) /

verb throbs, throbbing or throbbed (intr)
to pulsate or beat repeatedly, esp with increased forceto throb with pain
(of engines, drums, etc) to have a strong rhythmic vibration or beat
noun
the act or an instance of throbbing, esp a rapid pulsation as of the hearta throb of pleasure

Derived forms of throb

throbbing, adjectivethrobbingly, adverb

Word Origin for throb

C14: perhaps of imitative origin
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Medical definitions for throb

throb
[ thrŏb ]

v.
To beat rapidly or perceptibly, such as occurs in the heart or a constricted blood vessel.
n.
A strong or rapid beat; a pulsation.
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