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Princeton's WordNet

  1. bang, boot, charge, rush, flush, thrill, kicknoun

    the swift release of a store of affective force

    "they got a great bang out of it"; "what a boot!"; "he got a quick rush from injecting heroin"; "he does it for kicks"

  2. frisson, shiver, chill, quiver, shudder, thrill, tinglenoun

    an almost pleasurable sensation of fright

    "a frisson of surprise shot through him"

  3. thrillverb

    something that causes you to experience a sudden intense feeling or sensation

    "the thrills of space travel"

  4. thrillverb

    cause to be thrilled by some perceptual input

    "The men were thrilled by a loud whistle blow"

  5. thrill, tickle, vibrateverb

    feel sudden intense sensation or emotion

    "he was thrilled by the speed and the roar of the engine"

  6. shudder, shiver, throb, thrillverb

    tremble convulsively, as from fear or excitement

  7. exhilarate, tickle pink, inebriate, thrill, exalt, beatifyverb

    fill with sublime emotion

    "The children were thrilled at the prospect of going to the movies"; "He was inebriated by his phenomenal success"


  1. thrillnoun

    a trembling or quivering, especially one caused by emotion

  2. thrillnoun

    a cause of sudden excitement; a kick

  3. thrillnoun

    a slight quivering of the heart that accompanies a cardiac murmur

  4. thrillverb

    To suddenly excite someone, or to give someone great pleasure; to (figuratively) electrify; to experience such a sensation.

  5. thrillverb

    To (cause something to) tremble or quiver.

  6. thrillverb

    To pierce.

  7. Etymology: From þyrlian.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To Thrillverb

    To pierce; to bore; to penetrate; to drill.

    Etymology: þyrlian . Saxon; drilla, Swedish.

    The cruel word her tender heart so thrill’d,
    That sudden cold did run through every vein,
    And stormy horrour all her senses fill’d
    With dying fit, that down she fell for pain. Fairy Qu.

    He pierced through his chaffed chest
    With thrilling point of deadly iron brand,
    And lanc’d his lordly heart. Fairy Qu. b. i.

    A servant that he bred, thrill’d with remorse,
    Oppos’d against the act; bending his sword
    To his great master. William Shakespeare, King Lear.

    Nature, that heard such sound,
    Beneath the hollow round
    Of Cynthia’s seat, the airy region thrilling,
    Now was almost won,
    To think her part was done. John Milton.

  2. To Thrillverb

    The knight his thrillant spear again assay’d,
    In his brass-plated body to emboss. Fairy Qu. b. i.

    With that, one of his thrillant darts he threw,
    Headed with ire and vengeable despite. Fairy Qu. b. ii.

    The piteous maiden, careful, comfortless,
    Does throw out thrilling shrieks, and shrieking cries. Fairy Queen, b. i.

    To seek sweet safety out,
    In vaults and prisons; and to thrill and shake,
    Ev’n at the crying of our nation’s crow,
    Thinking his voice an armed Englishman. William Shakespeare.

    Art thou not horribly afraid? Doth not thy blood thrill at it? William Shakespeare, Henry IV. p. i.

    A faint cold fear thrills through my veins,
    That almost freezes up the heat of life. William Shakespeare.

    A sudden horror chill
    Ran through each nerve, and thrill’d in ev’ry vein. Addison.


  1. thrill

    Thrill is a feeling of excitement, exhilaration, or intense pleasure experienced in response to engaging in an exciting, bold, or daring activity or event. It is often associated with a rush of adrenaline and a heightened sense of awareness, creating a sense of extreme enjoyment or satisfaction. Thrill can arise from various sources, such as extreme sports, adventurous experiences, suspenseful situations, or thrilling entertainment. It usually involves a combination of physical, psychological, and emotional stimulation, which can vary in intensity and duration depending on the individual's preferences and tolerance for excitement.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Thrillnoun

    a warbling; a trill

  2. Thrillverb

    a breathing place or hole; a nostril, as of a bird

  3. Thrillverb

    to perforate by a pointed instrument; to bore; to transfix; to drill

  4. Thrillverb

    hence, to affect, as if by something that pierces or pricks; to cause to have a shivering, throbbing, tingling, or exquisite sensation; to pierce; to penetrate

  5. Thrillverb

    to hurl; to throw; to cast

  6. Thrillverb

    to pierce, as something sharp; to penetrate; especially, to cause a tingling sensation that runs through the system with a slight shivering; as, a sharp sound thrills through the whole frame

  7. Thrillverb

    to feel a sharp, shivering, tingling, or exquisite sensation, running through the body

  8. Thrillnoun

    a drill. See 3d Drill, 1

  9. Thrillnoun

    a sensation as of being thrilled; a tremulous excitement; as, a thrill of horror; a thrill of joy

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Thrill

    thril, v.t. to pierce: to affect strongly.—v.i. to pierce, as something sharp: to cause a tingling, shivering feeling to run through the body: to feel a sharp, shivering sensation.—n. a thrilling sensation.—adjs. Thrill′ant (Spens.), thrilling, piercing; Thrill′ing, causing to thrill.—adv. Thrill′ingly, in a thrilling manner: with thrilling sensations.—n. Thrill′ingness. [A.S. thyrlian, to bore a hole—thyrel, a hole; Ger. drillen, to drill a hole.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of thrill in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of thrill in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of thrill in a Sentence

  1. Franklin Delano Roosevelt:

    Happiness is not in the mere possession of money it lies in the joy of achievement, in the thrill of creative effort.

  2. Mayim Bialik:

    Being part of ‘ The Big Bang Theory ’ for gosh, almost a decade of my life, was a thrill, it was a real thrill as an actor to be employed for that long and to be employed at something that I enjoyed so much with people that I enjoyed working with so much. As a neuroscientist in real life, I really enjoyed going to a job where our intellect is appreciated and our characters ’ intellects were appreciated.

  3. Parnelli Jones:

    When you go there you go through the tunnel and inside and you kind of have a thrill that goes over your whole body, all the racing years there and you're part of it, it's a thrill every time you go there.

  4. Rafael Nadal:

    I’m happy for Juan (to reach the final) after he’d been having injury niggles and as a good friend I hope it goes well for him... and also for myself it’s a thrill to be in my first Buenos Aires final and my first of the year.

  5. Nikola Tesla:

    I do not think there is any thrill that can go through the human heart like that felt by the inventor as he sees some creation of the brain unfolding to success....Such emotions make a man forget food, sleep, friends, love, everything.

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    easily diffused or spread as from one person to another
    • A. equivalent
    • B. tacky
    • C. ultimo
    • D. contagious

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