From Latin palpitō (“throb, pulsate, palpitate”).
- (intransitive) To beat strongly or rapidly; said especially of the heart.
- When he just looks at me, my heart begins to palpitate with excitement.
- (transitive) To cause to beat strongly or rapidly.
- The allergy medicine palpitates my heart.
- (intransitive) To shake tremulously
1905, Baroness Emmuska Orczy, chapter 2, in The Tremarn Case:
- “Two or three months more went by ; the public were eagerly awaiting the arrival of this semi-exotic claimant to an English peerage, and sensations, surpassing those of the Tichbourne case, were looked forward to with palpitating interest. […]”
of the heart: to beat strongly or rapidly