to expand and contract rhythmically, as the heart; beat; throb.
to vibrate; quiver.
Origin: 1785–95; < Latinpulsātus, past participle of pulsāre to batter, strike, make (strings) vibrate. See pulse1, -ate1
Synonyms 1. pulse. Pulsate, beat, palpitate, throb refer to the recurrent vibratory movement of the heart, the pulse, etc. To pulsate is to move in a definite rhythm, temporarily or for a longer duration: Blood pulsates in the arteries. To beat is to repeat a vibration or pulsation regularly for some time: One's heart beats many times a minute. To palpitate is to beat at a rapid rate, often producing a flutter: to palpitate with excitement. To throb is to beat with an unusual force that is often associated with pain or heightened emotion or sensation: to throb with terror.