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Sunday, November 07, 2010

palpitate

\PAL-pi-teyt\ , verb;
1.
To pulsate with unusual rapidity from exertion, emotion, disease, etc.; flutter.
2.
To cause to pulsate or tremble.
Quotes:
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:
Palpitate derives from the Latin palpare, "to stroke."
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