verb (used without object), throbbed, throb·bing.

  1. to beat with increased force or rapidity, as the heart under the influence of emotion or excitement; palpitate.
  2. to feel or exhibit emotion: He throbbed at the happy thought.
  3. to pulsate; vibrate: The cello throbbed.


  1. the act of throbbing.
  2. a violent beat or pulsation, as of the heart.
  3. any pulsation or vibration: the throb of engines.

verb throbs, throbbing or throbbed (intr)

  1. to pulsate or beat repeatedly, esp with increased forceto throb with pain
  2. (of engines, drums, etc) to have a strong rhythmic vibration or beat


  1. the act or an instance of throbbing, esp a rapid pulsation as of the hearta throb of pleasure

v.mid-14c., of uncertain origin, perhaps meant to represent in sound the pulsation of arteries and veins or the heart. Related: Throbbed; throbbing. The noun is first attested 1570s. v.

  1. To beat rapidly or perceptibly, such as occurs in the heart or a constricted blood vessel.


  1. A strong or rapid beat; a pulsation.
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