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Definition of "throb" []

  • To beat rapidly or violently, as the heart; pound. (verb-intransitive)
  • To vibrate, pulsate, or sound with a steady pronounced rhythm: boat engines throbbing. (verb-intransitive)
  • The act of throbbing; a beating, palpitation, or vibration. (noun)

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 "throb" in a sentence
  • "The steady _throb -- throb -- throb_ of the propeller was again shaking the yacht as she took up her journey."
  • "As I stood waiting and listening for the enemy's order to attack, I could feel my heart go _throb, throb, throb, throb_, so hard that I seemed to be hearing it at the same time making a dull echo in my brain."
  • "At last one word escaped from his lips, and in an instant -- _throb, throb, throb, throb_ -- there was a heavy beating on his ribs, a joyous whining sound greeted his ears, and a cold nose and wet tongue were playing about his face."