• WordNet 3.6
    • adj thrilling causing a surge of emotion or excitement "she gave an electrifying performance","a thrilling performer to watch"
    • adj thrilling causing quivering or shivering as by cold or fear or electric shock "a thrilling wind blew off the frozen lake"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Thrilling Causing a thrill; causing tremulous excitement; deeply moving; as, a thrilling romance.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • thrilling Piercing; penetrating.
    • thrilling That thrills or stirs with subtle permeating emotion or sensation, as of pleasure, pain, horror, wonder, or the like: as, a thrilling adventure; a thrilling experience.
    • n thrilling In crystallography, a compound or twin crystal consisting of three united crystals. See twin.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Thrilling causing to thrill
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  • Franklin D. Roosevelt
    “Happiness lies in the joy of achievement and the thrill of creative effort.”
  • Iris Murdoch
    “Every man needs two women, a quiet home-maker, and a thrilling nymph.”
  • Robert Macneil
    Robert Macneil
    “Parents can plant magic in a child's mind through certain words spoken with some thrilling quality of voice, some uplift of the heart and spirit.”
  • Elizabeth Dunphy
    Elizabeth Dunphy
    “Its the little things that matter, that add up in the end, with the priceless thrilling magic found only in a friend.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. thyrlian, to bore a hole—thyrel, a hole; Ger. drillen, to drill a hole.


In literature:

The sense of her strength was thrilling.
"The Victim" by Thomas Dixon
He felt again that powerful thrill, but now it was the thrill of victory.
"The Sun Of Quebec" by Joseph A. Altsheler
The Prince, a sudden trembling thrilling through him, stood with his four feet planted.
"Judith of Blue Lake Ranch" by Jackson Gregory
The message from that little Massachusetts town, thrilled him as nothing in his life had done before.
"The Young Trailers" by Joseph A. Altsheler
Surely generations must pass before that name can be heard, even by children, without a thrill!
"Everyman's Land" by C. N. Williamson and A. M. Williamson
An awful fear thrilled Jack Dudley as he abruptly halted and partly raised his Winchester.
"Two Boys in Wyoming" by Edward S. Ellis
Something hurt awfully, as I realized that to touch me now caused her no thrill.
"Man and Maid" by Elinor Glyn
The young men of Ney's corps thrilled to the splendid appeal.
"The Eagle of the Empire" by Cyrus Townsend Brady
The thought that Deforrest would wrap up her baby, protect him from the keen blasts, thrilled her.
"The Secret of the Storm Country" by Grace Miller White
Last summer she had put Louis Marsac out of her life with an exultant thrill.
"A Little Girl in Old Detroit" by Amanda Minnie Douglas

In poetry:

Then write in glowing letters
These thrilling words in history,–
That Attucks was a hero,
That Attucks died for Liberty.
"Crispus Attucks" by Olivia Ward Bush-Banks
I hum the sang, the auld, auld sang,
That thrills us to the marrow,
An' as I sing I lie in thocht
Upon the Banks o' Yarrow.
"A Dream Of Yarrow" by Alexander Anderson
While the Virtues thus enweave
Mildly soft the thrilling song,
Winter's long and lonesome eve
Glides unfelt, unseen, along.
"Melody" by Henry Kirke White
May your skies be ever bright,
And your heart forever free
From the sorrows which can blight
Hopes that now thrill joyously.
"Written In A Bride's Album" by Alfred Gibbs Campbell
The trees we pass, the summer brook,
The bird that o'er us darts--
We do not know 'tis they that thrill
Our childish hearts.
"Love’s Way To Childhood" by Cale Young Rice
A gentle soft and soothing voice
That said 'my son' 'my son',
That seemed to thrill in unison
With all the chords of my soul.
"Quest For God" by Swami Vivekananda

In news:

ONE of the largest single-family houses ever conceived in this country is about to be built in Sagaponack, and residents of the wealthy Southampton resort hamlet are less than thrilled.
When 10-year-old Belle "Bubbles" Silverman told her father she wanted to be an "opera star," the reaction was more dismay than thrill.
I was thrilled when she got elected mayor.
Cheap Thrills at Black Forest Mill Restaurant.
Haus White, 11, of Spencer, is thrilled to find an antique fire extinguisher.
The thrill of going and seeing the book, and buying the book, and touching it, is gone.
She is thrilled to be in a city that shares her passion for sports.
It's thrilling: the rise of Africa's amusement parks.
BP settlement thrills local leaders.
Local leaders are thrilled with news of the BP settlement.
In the history of area wrestling, 15 grapplers have experienced the sport's ultimate thrill by winning state championships.
We're thrilled to welcome Rosie to Chicago and look forward to continuing Harpo 's legacy of producing award-winning, high quality television.
Everyone had their own reasons for wanting to participate, but I was amazed (and thrilled and honored) that so many people were willing to take the time to share their stories with us.
Tinsley Mortimer's reality show, " High Society ," debuted last night on the CW network -- but not everyone in her family is thrilled about it.
Sciarrotta of Lawrence was thrilled with the seats her family had for the minor-league hockey game in Trenton.

In science:

Although the chances are very small that another planet has developed the exact same vegetation as Earth, finding the same signatures would be thrilling, but might be unlikely.
Coronographic Methods for the Detection of Terrestrial Planets
Much to my delight, the proof I came up with used Pascal’s Hexagon Theorem. A few years later, I learned of the theory of conics in the complex pro jective plane. I attempted to translate my proof for the circle into this more general setting, and was thrilled to see that it worked very naturally.
Pascal's Hexagon Theorem implies a Butterfly Theorem in the Complex Projective Plane
Note that this simple graph is far from trivial for routing, see, e.g., the thrilling one-turn routing conjecture in , which is, to the best of our knowledge still open.
Randomized Rounding for Routing and Covering Problems: Experiments and Improvements
There is no doubt that for the scientists working in the field of what is now called “Particle Astrophysics” the near future will be a thrilling period where a large variety of models or theories will be confronted with high-quality and highstatistical data brought by a new generation of detectors.
Physics of Extremely High Energy Cosmic Rays
Ultimately, we may therefore even hope to use the accumulated understanding of the cosmic structure formation process towards solving the thrilling riddles of the very nature and origin of the Cosmos itself.
Report to Anaximander: A Dialogue on the Origin of the Cosmos in the Cradle of Western Civilization