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Definition of "palpitant" []

  • Shaking; trembling. (adjective)
  • Undergoing pulsation; pulsating. (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "palpitant" in a sentence
  • "Could you know that your letter with its catalogue of advantages and arrangements must offend me as much as if, belies (let us hope) you and the woman of your love, I would pardon the affront of it upon us all, and ascribe the unseemly want of warmth to reserve or to the sadness which grips the heart when joy is too palpitant."
  • "But over all and through all poured the flame of her -- the unanalyzable something that was fire and that was the soul of her, that lay mellow-warm or blazed in her eyes, that sprayed the cheeks of her, that distended the nostrils, that curled the lip, or, when the lip was in repose, that was still there in the lip, the lip palpitant with its presence."
  • "It soared upward with a swift rush, till it reached its topmost note, where it persisted, palpitant and tense, and then slowly died away."