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  • WordNet 3.6
    • n palpitation a shaky motion "the shaking of his fingers as he lit his pipe"
    • n palpitation a rapid and irregular heart beat
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Palpitation A rapid pulsation; a throbbing; esp., an abnormal, rapid beating of the heart as when excited by violent exertion, strong emotion, or by disease.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n palpitation The act of palpitating, throbbing, quivering, or trembling; specifically, a beating or pulsation of the heart, particularly a violent and unnatural beating or pulsation, such as is excited by violent action, by emotion, or by disease.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Palpitation act of palpitating: irregular action of the heart, caused by excitement, excessive exertion, or disease
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. palpitatio,: cf. F. palpitation,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. palpitāre, -ātum, freq. of palpāre. Cf. Palpable.


In literature:

The night was palpitating as it filled itself with stars.
"Cæsar or Nothing" by Pío Baroja Baroja
A few paces from the gate Jeanne was seized with a violent palpitation.
"The Saint" by Antonio Fogazzaro
Cousin Hans felt his heart palpitate a little.
"Tales of Two Countries" by Alexander Kielland
I sat palpitating and hardly daring to breathe.
"The Last Galley" by Arthur Conan Doyle
Then Pierre, having quieted his palpitating heart, drew near.
"Paris From the "Three Cities"" by Emile Zola
Then Pierre, having quieted his palpitating heart, drew near.
"The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete Lourdes, Rome and Paris" by Emile Zola
They stood before him palpitating like birds, poised, tense for flight.
"The Leopard Woman" by Stewart Edward White
Madden broke off abruptly and both stood listening with palpitating hearts.
"The Cruise of the Dry Dock" by T. S. Stribling
I stood by with a palpitating heart as he turned the lock and opened the door.
"City of Endless Night" by Milo Hastings
The remembrance yet adds one pulse more to my poor palpitating heart.
"The Letters of Robert Burns" by Robert Burns
When he was finally in the coat, she was rather flushed and palpitating.
"K" by Mary Roberts Rinehart
What a horror they outpour On the bosom of the palpitating air!
"Edgar Allan Poe's Complete Poetical Works" by Edgar Allan Poe
It is afternoon, and the great slumbering ocean breathes, but not with the quick, palpitating tide of the Atlantic.
"Lippincott's Magazine of Popular Literature and Science, Vol. XII, No. 28. July, 1873." by Various
She at least was not an impalpable vision, but solid, substantial, palpitating flesh and blood.
"The Redemption of David Corson" by Charles Frederic Goss
But now, after any great exertion, he was attacked by violent palpitation of heart.
"The Biography of Robert Murray M'Cheyne" by Andrew A. Bonar
Why did his manly and intrepid heart palpitate?
"Willy Reilly The Works of William Carleton, Volume One" by William Carleton
She now felt her heart palpitate; she was excited, alarmed.
"The Black Baronet; or, The Chronicles Of Ballytrain The Works of William Carleton, Volume One" by William Carleton
I felt my nerves tingle, and my heart palpitate.
"The Evil Eye; Or, The Black Spector The Works of William Carleton, Volume One" by William Carleton
As for myself, my heart palpitated with anxiety.
"The Station; The Party Fight And Funeral; The Lough Derg Pilgrim Traits And Stories Of The Irish Peasantry, The Works of William Carleton, Volume Three" by William Carleton
To Flora's palpitating consciousness this look made a perfect connection with Clara's next remark.
"The Coast of Chance" by Esther Chamberlain

In poetry:

Or if for tea and toast you yearned,
What joy to find upon it
The chambermaid had coyly laid
A palpitating sonnet.
"Facility" by Robert W Service
Sudden at her feet a lover
Palpitating knelt and wooed;
Seemed a very gift from heaven
To the starved of common food.
"A Preaching From A Spanish Ballad" by George Meredith
The night-bird wails below;
The stars creep out above;
And the roses soon in the sultry moon
Shall palpitate with love.
"The Mirror" by Madison Julius Cawein
Last year I sat within my room,
And heard the cricket in the gloom
Chirp out his palpitating lay,
As if he were on holiday.
"The Cricket's Silence" by Alexander Anderson
With heart and with voice
Let us welcome this mating;
To the maid of his choice,
With a heart palpitating,
Comes Alexis, the brave!.
"The Sorcerer: Act I" by William Schwenck Gilbert
Athwart the sod which is treading for God * the poet paced with his
splendid eyes;
Paradise-verdure he stately passes * to win to the Father of
Through the conscious and palpitant grasses * of inter-tangled
relucent dyes.
"A Judgment In Heaven" by Francis Thompson

In news:

In July, 2011, a 32-year-old man presented with thoracic pain radiating to the left arm and upper dorsum, shortness of breath, and palpitations.
"Argo" Review: 'Fists Will Be Clenched Hearts Will Palpitate'.
'Baywatch' star Gena Lee Nolin debilitated by weight gain, hair loss, heart palpitations.
Some Palpitations for a Medical-Device Stock.
Bruce Wasserstein, perhaps the most gifted deal maker in recent Wall Street history, died Wednesday after being hospitalized for heart palpitations earlier in the week.
A 37-year-old woman with established personal and family history of Marfan's syndrome and a several month history of severe headaches, chest pains, and palpitations presented with acute onset of severe chest pain radiating to her back.
Hot flashes, heart palpitations and brain fog can make daily life challenging.
The South African Rugby Union says Mtawarira, who left the Springboks ' tour to Europe after a recurrence of heart palpitations, underwent the "minor" procedure on Wednesday.
" Argo " Review: 'Fists Will Be Clenched…Hearts Will Palpitate.
This is what gets the Beatlemaniac's heart palpitating.
Answers to questions about balance, palpitations and protein C deficiency .
(WTVR)—Two hand grenades popped up on the X-ray screen Wednesday, at Richmond International Airport, likely giving the TSA officer a heart palpitation.
"Argo" Review: 'Fists Will Be Clenched… Hearts Will Palpitate.
INTERVIEWS Jack White Palpitates Through Feverish 'I'm Shakin on 'Conan'.
Last fall, my heart started to jump around, and I took it that I had palpitations, although I wasn't sure what palpitations were.