throb

[throb]
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:
1325–75; Middle English *throbben, implied in present participle throbbant throbbing < ?

throbber, noun
throbbingly, adverb
outthrob, verb (used with object), outthrobbed, outthrobbing.
unthrobbing, adjective


3. See pulsate.
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throb (θrɒb)
 
vb , 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
 
n
3.  the act or an instance of throbbing, esp a rapid pulsation as of the heart: a throb of pleasure
 
[C14: perhaps of imitative origin]
 
'throbbing
 
adj
 
'throbbingly
 
adv

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throb
mid-14c., of uncertain origin, perhaps meant to represent in sound the pulsation of arteries and veins or the heart. The noun is first attested 1570s.
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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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Example sentences
The pain radiates from the sting site and starts to itch, burn and throb as it
  blisters.
As he gets off his tractor to investigate, his boil starts to throb.
He testified that both knees and legs throb, burn and tingle.
The sight of those flags everywhere made the welkin ring, and the hearts of the
  spectators throb with patriotic emotion.
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