- 1 [no object] (often as adjective palpitating) (Of the heart) beat rapidly, strongly, or irregularly: drink wakened him in the night with a palpitating heartMore example sentences
- I slipped out of the school gates, my heart palpitating rapidly yet I could hear every individual beat of my heart, echoing in my head.
- Hearts palpitating, ears magnifying the smallest sound, they stealthily waded across the river.
- THERE I was, heart palpitating after Laois minors' injury time equaliser against Westmeath in Croke Park last Sunday, but still there was work to be done.
- 2Shake; tremble: she was palpitating with terrorMore example sentences
- As grandmas go into palpitating convulsions of disbelief, and all of contemporary society looks down at me from their pedestals of purity, let me just state that I'm not average.
- So, everyone from palpitating fans to scribes will have to wait till the designated launch day to actually get to see the book, which is said to have an orange cover.
- She palpitates visibly, and retires to the photocopier.
early 17th century: from Latin palpitat- 'patted', from the verb palpitare, frequentative of palpare 'touch gently'.