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throb

[throb] /θrɒb/
verb (used without object), throbbed, throbbing.
1.
to beat with increased force or rapidity, as the heart under the influence of emotion or excitement; palpitate.
2.
to feel or exhibit emotion:
He throbbed at the happy thought.
3.
to pulsate; vibrate:
The cello throbbed.
noun
4.
the act of throbbing.
5.
a violent beat or pulsation, as of the heart.
6.
any pulsation or vibration:
the throb of engines.
Origin
1325-1375
1325-75; Middle English *throbben, implied in present participle throbbant throbbing < ?
Related forms
throbber, noun
throbbingly, adverb
outthrob, verb (used with object), outthrobbed, outthrobbing.
unthrobbing, adjective
Synonyms
3. See pulsate.
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Examples from the web for throb
  • The pain radiates from the sting site and starts to itch, burn and throb as it blisters.
  • For a moment there was only the throb of the engine, a murmur of conversation, the rhythmic click of the windshield wipers.
  • As he gets off his tractor to investigate, his boil starts to throb.
  • He testified that both knees and legs throb, burn and tingle.
  • Hear the tempo so compelling, hear the blood throb in my veins.
  • The phrase, to those who know, is a throb in the throat.
  • The sight of those flags everywhere made the welkin ring, and the hearts of the spectators throb with patriotic emotion.
  • Scrambling to hor feet, sho immediately complained of something causing her head to throb.
  • The small towns and the larger cities alike began to throb with a new rhythm of commerce.
British Dictionary definitions for throb

throb

/θrɒb/
verb (intransitive) throbs, throbbing, throbbed
1.
to pulsate or beat repeatedly, esp with increased force: to throb with pain
2.
(of engines, drums, etc) to have a strong rhythmic vibration or beat
noun
3.
the act or an instance of throbbing, esp a rapid pulsation as of the heart: a throb of pleasure
Derived Forms
throbbing, adjective
throbbingly, adverb
Word Origin
C14: perhaps of imitative origin
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Word Origin and History for throb
v.

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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throb in Medicine

throb (thrŏb)
v. throbbed, throb·bing, throbs
To beat rapidly or perceptibly, such as occurs in the heart or a constricted blood vessel. n.
A strong or rapid beat; a pulsation.

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Slang definitions & phrases for throb

thriller-diller

noun

A very effective thriller; chiller-diller (1950s+)


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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