• WordNet 3.6
    • v thrill feel sudden intense sensation or emotion "he was thrilled by the speed and the roar of the engine"
    • v thrill fill with sublime emotion "The children were thrilled at the prospect of going to the movies","He was inebriated by his phenomenal success"
    • v thrill tremble convulsively, as from fear or excitement
    • v thrill cause to be thrilled by some perceptual input "The men were thrilled by a loud whistle blow"
    • n thrill something that causes you to experience a sudden intense feeling or sensation "the thrills of space travel"
    • n thrill an almost pleasurable sensation of fright "a frisson of surprise shot through him"
    • n thrill the swift release of a store of affective force "they got a great bang out of it","what a boot!","he got a quick rush from injecting heroin","he does it for kicks"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Thrill A breathing place or hole; a nostril, as of a bird.
    • Thrill A drill. See 3d Drill, 1.
    • Thrill A sensation as of being thrilled; a tremulous excitement; as, a thrill of horror; a thrill of joy.
    • n Thrill thrĭl A warbling; a trill.
    • Thrill Hence, to affect, as if by something that pierces or pricks; to cause to have a shivering, throbbing, tingling, or exquisite sensation; to pierce; to penetrate. "To bathe in flery floods, or to reside
      In thrilling region of thick-ribbed ice."
      "Vivid and picturesque turns of expression which thrill the reader with sudden delight.""The cruel word her tender heart so thrilled ,
      That sudden cold did run through every vein."
    • Thrill To feel a sharp, shivering, tingling, or exquisite sensation, running through the body. "To seek sweet safety out
      In vaults and prisons, and to thrill and shake."
    • Thrill To hurl; to throw; to cast. "I'll thrill my javelin."
    • Thrill To perforate by a pointed instrument; to bore; to transfix; to drill. "He pierced through his chafed chest
      With thrilling point of deadly iron brand."
    • Thrill To pierce, as something sharp; to penetrate; especially, to cause a tingling sensation that runs through the system with a slight shivering; as, a sharp sound thrills through the whole frame. "I have a faint cold fear thrills through my veins."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • thrill To bore; pierce; perforate; drill: thirl. Compare thirl, 1.
    • thrill To penetrate or permeate with a sudden wave of feeling, as of pleasure, pity, remorse, etc.; affect or fill with a tingling emotion or sensation. Compare thirl, 2.
    • thrill To hurl.
    • thrill To penetrate or permeate; pass, run, or stir with sudden permeating inflow; move quiveringly or so as to cause a sort of shivering sensation.
    • thrill To be agitated or moved by or as by the permeating inflow of some subtle feeling or influence; quiver; shiver.
    • thrill To quiver or move with a tremulous movement; vibrate; throb, as a voice.
    • n thrill A hole; specifically, a breathing-hole: a nostril. Compare nostril (nose-thrill).
    • n thrill A subtle permeating influx of emotion or sensation; a feeling that permeates the whole system with subtle, irresistible force: as, a thrill of horror.
    • n thrill In medicine, a peculiar tremor felt, in certain conditions of the respiratory or circulatory organs, upon applying the hand to the body; fremitus.
    • n thrill A throb; a beat or pulsation.
    • n thrill A tale or book the hearing or perusal of which sends a thrill or sensation of pleasure, pity, or excitement through one; a sensational story.
    • thrill To warble; trill.
    • n thrill A warbling; a trill.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Thrill thril to pierce: to affect strongly
    • v.i Thrill to pierce, as something sharp: to cause a tingling, shivering feeling to run through the body: to feel a sharp, shivering sensation
    • n Thrill a thrilling sensation
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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.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. thrillen, þirlen, þurlen, to pierce; all probably fr. AS. þyrlian, þyrelian, Fr. þyrel, pierced; as a noun, a hole, fr. þurh, through; probably akin to D. drillen, to drill, to bore. √53. See Through, and cf. Drill to bore, Nostril Trill to trickle


In literature:

The building was a mass of throbbing humanity, and, over all, the hum of the thrilling wonder of peace and victory!
"The Clansman" by Thomas Dixon
He has furnished me with the only thrill that I have felt since we left New York!
"'Firebrand' Trevison" by Charles Alden Seltzer
She was touched with a little thrill of exultation.
"The Pagan Madonna" by Harold MacGrath
A sudden idea thrilled Mark, an idea that he was ashamed of almost before it had come into his mind.
"The Slave of Silence" by Fred M. White
This peculiar circumstance caused a wild thrill to flash all through Larkin's being.
"The Free Range" by Francis William Sullivan
The air is filled with thrilling and most incredible stories, but none of them have as yet been confirmed.
"The Johnstown Horror" by James Herbert Walker
Two spirits on the scene of Grandpa Woggles' passing made the story more interesting, more thrilling.
"Rose O'Paradise" by Grace Miller White
You have thrilled me.
"The Light of the Star" by Hamlin Garland
I might say thrill them enough, for your trapeze act will have to be mostly thrills, I take it.
"Joe Strong on the Trapeze" by Vance Barnum
In a vague way it thrilled her, even if she did not understand.
"A Little Girl in Old Philadelphia" by Amanda Minnie Douglas

In poetry:

Thrilling against the morning,
As audible as song,
I heard the city waken
Out of her night of wrong.
"The Pirates" by DuBose Heyward
And there are hearts that ever thrill
With friendship warm and glowing,
And joys unseared by sorrow's chill
With hallowed truth o'erflowing.
"Autumn" by William James Jones
Who that has felt thy glance of dread
Thrill through his heart's remotest cells,
About his path, about his bed,
Can doubt what spirit in thee dwells?
"St. Bartholomew" by John Keble
From out the silence came a voice--
A voice that thrilled me through and through,
And said, "Alas, is this your choice?
For he is false and I was true."
"Heloise" by Hanford Lennox Gordon
God comes closer to me here --
Back of ev'ry rose leaf there
He is hiding -- and the air
Thrills with calls to holy prayer;
Earth grows far, and heaven near.
"St. Mary's" by Abram Joseph Ryan
And then—Heaven gave me strength, I think—
I stood before them calm and still;
You might have thought my tranquil breast
Had never known one passion-thrill.
"Rose In The Garden" by Horatio Alger Jr

In news:

NASA officials and private spaceflight supporters also thrilled by Dragon capsule's liftoff.
Comic-Con 2012: 'Hobbit' Footage Thrills With Elves , Giants and Orlando Bloom.
Pixar's enchanting 'Up' is a thrilling adventure and a touching comedy, too.
The primaries have been thrilling, marked by surging voter participation.
This weekend, 007 himself is coming to T4, brandishing his license to thrill.
Stanford was thrilling and one to enjoy.
"Looper" Movie Review: Time Travel Is Thrilling Again.
Astronomers thrilled at sighting of methane on distant planet.
Why a possible Mitt Romney presidency thrills many Mormons.
When Maureen Dunn started her Mata Traders, a vintage-inspired, artisan-made Indian imports business, she was excited and thrilled about bringing beautiful eastern textiles and jewelry to Chicago.
Hughes thrilled with unexpected goal.
And the world, thrillingly, mostly yawned.
When I heard that Rolling Video Games of Texoma was coming to the Wichita Falls area I was thrilled to say the least.
Shia LaBeouf has thrilled fans by stripping down in a new music video.

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