throb

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Appears 14th century; possibly of imitative origin.

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throb (third-person singular simple present throbs, present participle throbbing, simple past and past participle throbbed)

  1. (intransitive) To pound or beat rapidly or violently
  2. (intransitive) To vibrate or pulsate with a steady rhythm
    1. (intransitive, of a body part) To pulse (often painfully) in time with the circulation of blood.

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throb (plural throbs)

  1. A beating, vibration or palpitation
    • 1749, John Cleland, Fanny Hill: Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure, Part 2
      My bosom was now bare, and rising in the warmest throbs, presented to his sight and feeling the firm hard swell of a pair of young breasts, such as may be imagin'd of a girl not sixteen, fresh out of the country

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