- 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 throbbing
As my injured leg improves, my left leg starts aching, then throbbing, near my hip.You’re Never ‘Cured’ of an Eating Disorder
December 20, 2014
“The room would just be throbbing,” actress Anjelica Huston recalled to NPR.The Isle Where the Rolling Stones Began
September 5, 2014
Usually I am completely unaware of my eyeballs, and yet right now, they are throbbing?So You Have an Inconsequential But Awful Illness
Kelly Williams Brown
January 18, 2014
Historically, migraines were labeled a hysterical female condition, characterized by throbbing, one-sided, nauseating pain.Why Everything from Frigid Temperatures to Lightning Can Induce Migraines
January 8, 2014
From my neck to my temples, there is a throbbing soreness on both sides of my face, all radiating from the hinge of my jawbone.After War: Anger, Panic, and Sometimes Peace
June 26, 2013
I laughed out of sheer inanity; every pulse in my body was throbbing.The Bacillus of Beauty
His heart no longer thumped—it was throbbing in a tired, listless fashion.Chip, of the Flying U
B. M. Bower
Tip's heart was throbbing with pleasure as he walked on home after Ellis had left him.
Throbbing with a grateful, craving allegiance, I seized the rein.The Cavalier
George Washington Cable
Muffled, slow, grand and mournful, it went wailing and throbbing by.The First Violin
- 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 throbbing
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.