- 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
Examples from the Web for throbbed
He put his hands up to his head, as if it throbbed or pained him.Life And Adventures Of Martin Chuzzlewit
At this point her hull had throbbed with air, movement, life; at this point all had been well.Under Arctic Ice
But where were they whose beating hearts had throbbed with deep devotion?Maurice Tiernay Soldier of Fortune
Charles James Lever
The affair had by now throbbed itself into a question of her physical ease.Little Novels of Italy
Maurice Henry Hewlett
His brain, inflamed and racked by the strain, throbbed in his head.Spring Street
James H. Richardson
- 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
Word Origin and History for throbbed
mid-14c., of uncertain origin, perhaps meant to represent in sound the pulsation of arteries and veins or the heart. Related: Throbbed; throbbing. The noun is first attested 1570s.
- To beat rapidly or perceptibly, such as occurs in the heart or a constricted blood vessel.
- A strong or rapid beat; a pulsation.