What does throb mean?

Definitions for throb

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. throbnoun

    a deep pulsating type of pain

  2. throb, throbbing, poundingverb

    an instance of rapid strong pulsation (of the heart)

    "he felt a throbbing in his head"

  3. throbverb

    pulsate or pound with abnormal force

    "my head is throbbing"; "Her heart was throbbing"

  4. pulsate, throb, pulseverb

    expand and contract rhythmically; beat rhythmically

    "The baby's heart was pulsating again after the surgeon massaged it"

  5. shudder, shiver, throb, thrillverb

    tremble convulsively, as from fear or excitement


  1. throbnoun

    A beating, vibration or palpitation

  2. throbverb

    To pound or beat rapidly or violently

  3. throbverb

    To vibrate or pulsate with a steady rhythm

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Throbnoun

    Heave; beat; stroke of palpitation.

    Etymology: from the verb.

    She sigh’d from bottom of her wounded breast,
    And after many bitter throbs did throw,
    With lips full pale, and fault’ring tongue opprest. Fa. Qu.

    Thou talk’st like one who never felt
    Th’ impatient throbs and longings of a soul,
    That pants and reaches after distant good. Joseph Addison, Cato.

  2. To Throbverb

    Etymology: from ϑορυϐεῖν, John Minsheu and Franciscus Junius; formed in imitation of the sound, Stephen Skinner; perhaps contracted from throw up.

    Here may his head live on my throbbing breast. William Shakespeare.

    My heart throbs to know one thing:
    Shall Banquo’s issue ever reign? William Shakespeare, Macbeth.

    ’Twas the clash of swords: my troubled heart
    Is so cast down, and sunk amidst its sorrows,
    It throbs with fear, and akes at every sound. Addison.

    How that warm’d me! How my throbbing heart
    Leapt to the image of my father’s joy,
    When you shou’d strain me in your folding arms. Smith.

    In the depending orifice there was a throbbing of the arterial blood, as in an aneurism, the blood being choaked in by the contused flesh. Richard Wiseman, Surgery.


  1. Throb

    Throb is an American sitcom that aired in syndication from September 6, 1986, to May 21, 1988. The series, created by Fredi Towbin, was produced by Procter & Gamble Productions in association with Taft Entertainment Television, and was distributed by Worldvision Enterprises. The series' rights are currently held by CBS Television Distribution.


  1. throb

    Throb typically refers to a strong, regular, repeated pattern of sounds or movements. It is often used to describe sensations, especially of the heart or pulse, in which there is a pulsating or rhythmic beating. A throb can represent both physical sensations, such as a headache or wound, as well as intense emotional responses.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Throbverb

    to beat, or pulsate, with more than usual force or rapidity; to beat in consequence of agitation; to palpitate; -- said of the heart, pulse, etc

  2. Throbnoun

    a beat, or strong pulsation, as of the heart and arteries; a violent beating; a papitation:


  1. Throb

    Throb is an American television sitcom broadcast in syndication from 1986 to 1988, created by Fredi Towbin. It revolved around thirty-something divorcee Sandy Beatty who gets a job at a small New Wave record label, Throb. Beatty's boss is Zach Armstrong, who looks like Michael J. Fox but dresses like Don Johnson. Beatty also has a 12-year old son named Jeremy. Beatty's best friend was Meredith, a single teacher who lived in her building, and her co-workers included hip business manager Phil Gaines, and Prudence Anne Bartlett, nicknamed Blue. During the second season, Sandy moved from her original apartment to the recently vacated penthouse in her building. She took in her co-worker, Blue, to help with rent, but the differences between straitlaced Sandy and the very free-spirited Blue became more pronounced as they both lived and worked together. Notably, it was the first time much of the American TV audience saw Jane Leeves, who later gained fame as Daphne Moon on Frasier. Also notable is the casting of a young Paul Walker, who played Jeremy Beatty for the first season. Walker became a leading man in Hollywood some 15 years later, particularly after his breakthrough role in The Fast and the Furious.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Throb

    throb, v.i. to beat or palpitate, as the heart or pulse, with more than usual force:—pr.p. throb′bing; pa.t. and pa.p. throbbed.—n. a beat or strong pulsation.—adv. Throb′bingly.—adj. Throb′less. [M. E. throbben; cf. L. trepidus, trembling.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of throb in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of throb in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

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  • schlagen, pulsieren, klopfen, PochenGerman
  • palpitarSpanish
  • tykyttää, sykkiä, sykintä, tykytys, jyskyttää, jyskytysFinnish
  • pulsation, résonner, palpiter, battre, battement, vibrerFrench
  • plosg, plosgadhScottish Gaelic
  • battere, battito, pulsare, palpito, pulsazione, picchiareItalian
  • どきどきJapanese
  • whētukiMāori
  • kloppen, trillen, vibreren, geklopDutch
  • pulsaRomanian
  • биение, биться, стучаться, пульсация, пульсироватьRussian
  • bulta, dunkaSwedish

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    lacking orderly continuity
    • A. disjointed
    • B. reassuring
    • C. whirring
    • D. hatched

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