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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
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 thrills

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
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Word Origin and History for thrills
thrill
c.1300, "to pierce, penetrate," metathesis of O.E. þyrlian, from þyrel "hole" (in M.E., also "nostril"), from þurh "through" (cf. M.H.G. dürchel "pierced, perforated") + -el. Meaning "give a shivering, exciting feeling" is first recorded 1592, via metaphoric notion of "pierce with emotion." The noun in this sense is from 1680; meaning "a thrilling experience" is attested from 1936. Thriller "sensational story" is from 1889.
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thrills in Medicine

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

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