Definitions for palpitateˈpæl pɪˌteɪt

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

pal•pi•tateˈpæl pɪˌteɪt(v.)-tat•ed, -tat•ing.

  1. (v.i.)to pulsate, as the heart, with unusual rapidity; flutter.

    Category: Pathology

  2. to quiver; tremble.

    Category: Pathology

  3. (v.t.)to cause to pulsate or tremble.

    Category: Common Vocabulary, Pathology

Origin of palpitate:

1615–25; < L palpitātus, ptp. of palpitāre to pulsate, freq. of palpāre to stroke. See palpate1


Princeton's WordNet

  1. palpitate(verb)

    cause to throb or beat rapidly

    "Her violent feelings palpitated the young woman's heart"

  2. quiver, quake, palpitate(verb)

    shake with fast, tremulous movements

    "His nostrils palpitated"

  3. palpitate, flutter(verb)

    beat rapidly

    "His heart palpitated"


  1. palpitate(Verb)

    to throb, beat strongly

Webster Dictionary

  1. Palpitate(verb)

    to beat rapidly and more strongly than usual; to throb; to bound with emotion or exertion; to pulsate violently; to flutter; -- said specifically of the heart when its action is abnormal, as from excitement

Translations for palpitate

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


(of the heart) to beat rapidly.

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