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Definition of "thrill" []

  • To cause to feel a sudden intense sensation; excite greatly. (verb-transitive)
  • To give great pleasure to; delight. See Synonyms at enrapture. (verb-transitive)
  • To cause to quiver, tremble, or vibrate. (verb-transitive)
  • To feel a sudden quiver of excitement or emotion. (verb-intransitive)
  • To quiver, tremble, or vibrate. (verb-intransitive)

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 "thrill" in a sentence
  • "Professor Shairp defined the soul of poetry when he wrote: "Whenever the soul comes vividly in contact with any fact, truth, or existence, which it realizes and takes home to itself with more than common intensity, out of that meeting of the soul and its object there arises a thrill of joy, a glow of emotion; and the expression of that _glow_, that _thrill_, is poetry.""
  • "The actual case was described at the time as the crime of the century, and the basis of the term thrill killers can trace its derivation to this very case."
  • "I've been doing this for over two years now, but when I open the package and see that wonderful thing with my name on it, I have to say the thrill is as big as it ever was."