Definition of throb in English:


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Pronunciation: /θrɒb

verb (throbs, throbbing, throbbed)

[no object]
  • 1Beat or sound with a strong, regular rhythm; pulsate steadily: the war drums throbbed figurative the crowded streets throbbed with life
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    • The place throbbed to the rhythm of pneumatic drills as dozens of new tourist complexes took shape to cater for local demand.
    • Her heart had pounded every second of the dinner, beating a rhythm that seemed to throb his name.
    • Her voice sang in perfect harmony with her instrument, and her heart throbbed with the pulse of a true balladeer.
    pulsate, beat, pulse, palpitate, pound, thud, thump, hammer, drum, thrum, reverberate, vibrate, pitter-patter, go pit-a-pat, quiver
    rare quop
  • 1.1Feel pain in a series of regular beats: her foot throbbed with pain (as adjective throbbing) a throbbing headache
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    • He ached all over, his broken ankle throbbed with stabs of pain, and he was incredibly short of breath.
    • She stayed standing, though her leg throbbed with blinding pain.
    • The wound had healed somewhat but still throbbed with slight pain.


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late Middle English: probably imitative.

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