thrill

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Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /θɹɪl/
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  • Rhymes: -ɪl

Etymology 1[edit]

From Old English þȳrlian (to pierce), derived from þȳrel (hole) (archaic English thirl).

Verb[edit]

thrill (third-person singular simple present thrills, present participle thrilling, simple past and past participle thrilled)

  1. (ergative) To suddenly excite someone, or to give someone great pleasure; to (figuratively) electrify; to experience such a sensation.
  2. (ergative) To (cause something to) tremble or quiver.
  3. (obsolete) To perforate by a pointed instrument; to bore; to transfix; to drill.
  4. (obsolete) To hurl; to throw; to cast.
    • 1632, Thomas Heywood, The Iron Age
      I'd thrill my jauelin at the Grecian moysture
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Noun[edit]

thrill (plural thrills)

  1. A trembling or quivering, especially one caused by emotion.
    • 1935, George Goodchild, chapter 1, in Death on the Centre Court:
      She mixed furniture with the same fatal profligacy as she mixed drinks, and this outrageous contact between things which were intended by Nature to be kept poles apart gave her an inexpressible thrill.
  2. A cause of sudden excitement; a kick.
  3. (medicine) A slight quivering of the heart that accompanies a cardiac murmur.
  4. A breathing place or hole; a nostril, as of a bird.
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Etymology 2[edit]

Blend of thread (verb) +‎ drill (verb).

Verb[edit]

thrill (third-person singular simple present thrills, present participle thrilling, simple past and past participle thrilled)

  1. (machining) To drill and thread in one operation, using a tool bit that cuts the hole and the threads in one series of computer-controlled movements.