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thrilling

[thril-ing] /ˈθrɪl ɪŋ/
adjective
1.
producing sudden, strong, and deep emotion or excitement.
2.
producing a tremor, as by chilling.
3.
vibrating; trembling; quivering.
Origin
1520-1530
1520-30; thrill + -ing2
Related forms
thrillingly, adverb
unthrilling, adjective

thrill

[thril] /θrɪl/
verb (used with object)
1.
to affect with a sudden wave of keen emotion or excitement, as to produce a tremor or tingling sensation through the body.
2.
to utter or send forth tremulously, as a melody.
verb (used without object)
3.
to affect one with a wave of emotion or excitement.
4.
to be stirred by a tremor or tingling sensation of emotion or excitement:
He thrilled at the thought of home.
5.
to cause a prickling or tingling sensation; throb.
6.
to move tremulously; vibrate; quiver.
noun
7.
a sudden wave of keen emotion or excitement, sometimes manifested as a tremor or tingling sensation passing through the body.
8.
something that produces or is capable of producing such a sensation:
a story full of thrills.
9.
a thrilling experience:
It was a thrill to see Paris again.
10.
a vibration or quivering.
11.
Pathology. an abnormal tremor or vibration, as in the respiratory or vascular system.
Origin
1250-1300; Middle English thrillen orig., to penetrate, metathetic variant of thirlen to thirl
Related forms
subthrill, noun
unthrilled, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for thrilling

thrill

/θrɪl/
noun
1.
a sudden sensation of excitement and pleasure: seeing his book for sale gave him a thrill
2.
a situation producing such a sensation: it was a thrill to see Rome for the first time
3.
a trembling sensation caused by fear or emotional shock
4.
(pathol) an abnormal slight tremor associated with a heart or vascular murmur, felt on palpation
verb
5.
to feel or cause to feel a thrill
6.
to tremble or cause to tremble; vibrate or quiver
Word Origin
Old English thӯrlian to pierce, from thyrel hole; see nostril, through

thrilling

/ˈθrɪlɪŋ/
adjective
1.
very exciting or stimulating
2.
vibrating or trembling
Derived Forms
thrillingly, adverb
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Word Origin and History for thrilling

thrill

v.

c.1300, "to pierce, penetrate," metathesis of Old English þyrlian, from þyrel "hole" (in Middle English, also "nostril"), from þurh "through" (cf. Middle High German dürchel "pierced, perforated;" see through) + -el. Meaning "give a shivering, exciting feeling" is first recorded 1590s, via metaphoric notion of "pierce with emotion." Related: Thrilled; thrilling.

n.

"a shivering, exciting feeling," 1670s, from thrill (v.). Meaning "a thrilling experience" is attested from 1936.

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thrilling in Medicine

thrill (thrĭl)
n.
The vibration accompanying a cardiac or vascular murmur, detectible on palpation.

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