• WordNet 3.6
    • v throb expand and contract rhythmically; beat rhythmically "The baby's heart was pulsating again after the surgeon massaged it"
    • v throb tremble convulsively, as from fear or excitement
    • v throb pulsate or pound with abnormal force "my head is throbbing","Her heart was throbbing"
    • n throb an instance of rapid strong pulsation (of the heart) "he felt a throbbing in his head"
    • n throb a deep pulsating type of pain
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Throb A beat, or strong pulsation, as of the heart and arteries; a violent beating; a papitation: "The impatient throbs and longings of a soul
      That pants and reaches after distant good."
    • v. i Throb To beat, or pulsate, with more than usual force or rapidity; to beat in consequence of agitation; to palpitate; -- said of the heart, pulse, etc. "My heart Throbs to know one thing.""Here may his head lie on my throbbing breast."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • throb To beat or pulsate, as the heart, but with increased or quickened force or rapidity; palpitate.
    • throb To quiver or vibrate.
    • n throb A beat or strong pulsation; a violent beating, as of the heart and arteries; a palpitation: as, a throb of pleasure or of pain.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.i Throb throb to beat or palpitate, as the heart or pulse, with more than usual force
    • pr.p Throb throb′bing; pa.t. and pa.p. throbbed
    • n Throb a beat or strong pulsation
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  • Oscar Wilde
    “We who live in prison, and in whose lives there is no event but sorrow, have to measure time by throbs of pain, and the record of bitter moments.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. þrobben,; of uncertain origin; cf. Russ. trepete, a trembling, and E. trepidation,


In literature:

In a few minutes the hum and throb of the engine told that it was ready to start.
"Under the Ocean to the South Pole" by Roy Rockwood
He had stood, during this fierce struggle of love and pain, holding himself in until his throbbing nerves could bear the strain no longer.
"The Eternal City" by Hall Caine
His throbbing heart responded to her tumultuous soul.
"Henrietta Temple A Love Story" by Benjamin Disraeli
I could feel the blood tingling to my finger ends, the veins throbbing in my temples, and the color coming and going in my cheek.
"Ernest Linwood" by Caroline Lee Hentz
My breast throbbed full with emotions of delight and gladness, that words labor in vain to express.
"Daring and Suffering:" by William Pittenger
To get something to stop the throbbing in his head!
"The Secret of the Storm Country" by Grace Miller White
See, they writhe in their throbbing grave!
"The Continental Monthly, Vol. 6, No 2, August, 1864" by Various
He feels not the soft breath of woman fanning his cheek, nor the throb of her little heart bounding against his own.
"Traditions of the North American Indians, Vol. 2 (of 3)" by James Athearn Jones
Was it her loyal heart that throbbed, beat for beat with mine, as it had done through all our childish adventures?
"The Promised Land" by Mary Antin
He had his treble wages in his pocket, the hearts of the whole city throbbing at his feet.
"Little Novels of Italy" by Maurice Henry Hewlett

In poetry:

One waste of weary pain,
One dull, unmeaning ache,
A heart too weary even to throb,
Too bruised to break.
"Midnight" by Harriet Beecher Stowe
Beneath them throbs an urgent well,
That here is play, and there is war.
I know not which had most to tell
Of whence we spring and what we are.
"Alternation" by George Meredith
It is not much these hands can do:
Keep Thou my spirit close to Thine,
Till every thought Thy love throbs through,
And all my words breathe truth divine!
"The Heavenward Call" by Lucy Larcom
All night she wept the hours away,
With burning cheek and throbbing head,
Crying, “Alas!” and “Well-a-day!”
“Woe is me, for my sons are dead!”
"The Mother's Lesson" by Menella Bute Smedley
The form so pleasing and with graceful move,
Whose throbbing breast its music told of love,
Though never shall again our home adorn,
We love forever, and forever mourn.
"Elegy" by George Hannibal Temple
VI. Wild, warm, and tender, was thy witching hour,
Delight 's wild throb, and rapture's tear was thine,
And every feeling own'd thy melting pow'r;
Oh! such at least thou wert, when thou wert mine.
"Joy" by Sydney Owenson

In news:

Actress Angelica Celaya chats about her role on 'Burn Notice,' making it in Hollywood as a Latina and her beau, Mexican heart throb Rafael Amaya.
I noticed Brother Bat in the throbbing, roiling crowd.
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Teen- throb , Justin Bieber, Crashes Taylor Swift's Concert.
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Tiësto turns amphitheater into a throbbing club scene.
Whatever comes, still throbs the heart whereby we live.
The year 2012 has been a challenging one for the Throttle Throbs Car Club.
The attacks last hours, she said, force her to seek darkness and cause a deep throbbing pain in her head.
Mothers, do you know whose music makes your children's hearts throb.
Last night, 80's heart throb and pop sensation Rick Springfield performed to a huge crowd at this year's Central Washington State Fair.
My right knee is throbbing, my shins are swollen and both feet are sore.
The throbbing beat from the upright … Continue reading.
Thor' opened Friday and stars Natalie Portman, Anthony Hopkins and heart throb Chris Hemsworth.
For photographer Reinaldo Cóser and his family of four, the best way to deal with the sometimes-draining throb of massive São Paulo was to simply rise above.