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Sunday, November 07, 2010

Definitions for palpitate

  1. To pulsate with unusual rapidity from exertion, emotion, disease, etc.; flutter.
  2. To cause to pulsate or tremble.

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Citations for palpitate
Then, having done all, she would wait and palpitate, and palpitate and wait, until Stephen came. Kate Douglas Smith Wiggin, Rose o' the river
But every heart in the stands would palpitate one more time as Amherst put together a drive of its own, pushing the ball deep into Bulldog territory with just six seconds left. Mike Holzheimer, "Olmsted Falls High School gets big SWC football win," Sun-Post Herald, October, 2010
Origin of palpitate
Palpitate derives from the Latin palpare, "to stroke."