verb (used without object), throbbed, throb·bing.
- to beat with increased force or rapidity, as the heart under the influence of emotion or excitement; palpitate.
- to feel or exhibit emotion: He throbbed at the happy thought.
- to pulsate; vibrate: The cello throbbed.
- the act of throbbing.
- a violent beat or pulsation, as of the heart.
- any pulsation or vibration: the throb of engines.
verb throbs, throbbing or throbbed (intr)
- to pulsate or beat repeatedly, esp with increased forceto throb with pain
- (of engines, drums, etc) to have a strong rhythmic vibration or beat
- 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.
- To beat rapidly or perceptibly, such as occurs in the heart or a constricted blood vessel.
- A strong or rapid beat; a pulsation.