palpitate

[pal-pi-teyt]
verb (used without object), palpitated, palpitating.
1.
to pulsate with unusual rapidity from exertion, emotion, disease, etc.; flutter: His heart palpitated wildly.
2.
to pulsate; quiver; throb; tremble.
verb (used with object), palpitated, palpitating.
3.
to cause to pulsate or tremble.

Origin:
1615–25; < Latin palpitātus, past participle of palpitāre to pulsate, frequentative of palpāre to stroke. See palpus, -ate1

palpitatingly, adverb
unpalpitating, adjective


1. See pulsate.
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palpitate (ˈpælpɪˌteɪt)
 
vb
1.  (of the heart) to beat with abnormal rapidity
2.  to flutter or tremble
 
[C17: from Latin palpitāre to throb, from palpāre to stroke]
 
'palpitant
 
adj
 
palpi'tation
 
n

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palpitate
1620s, from L. palpitatus, pp. of palpitare (see palpitation). Related: Palpitating.
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Example sentences
When exposed to the smoke, my heart starts to palpitate and my entire body begins to shake.
Those two old hands at making medium-budget corn palpitate.
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