[ throb ]
/ θrɒb /

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.


the act of throbbing.
a violent beat or pulsation, as of the heart.
any pulsation or vibration: the throb of engines.

Origin of throb

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


throb·ber, nounthrob·bing·ly, adverbout·throb, verb (used with object), out·throbbed, out·throb·bing.un·throb·bing, adjective

synonym study for throb

3. See pulsate. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for 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


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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Medicine definitions for throb

[ thrŏb ]


To beat rapidly or perceptibly, such as occurs in the heart or a constricted blood vessel.


A strong or rapid beat; a pulsation.
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