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throb

play
intransitive verb \ˈthräb\

Simple Definition of throb

  • : to feel a pain that starts and stops quickly and repeatedly

  • : to beat with a strong, steady rhythm

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of throb

throbbed

throbbing

  1. 1 :  to pulsate or pound with abnormal force or rapidity

  2. 2 :  to beat or vibrate rhythmically

throbber

noun

Examples of throb in a sentence

  1. Her finger throbbed with pain.

  2. The music throbs with a Caribbean beat.

  3. drums throbbing in the distance



Origin and Etymology of throb

Middle English throbben


First Known Use: 14th century


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throb

noun

Simple Definition of throb

  • : a strong, steady beat

  • : pain that starts and stops quickly and repeatedly

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of throb

  1. :  beat, pulse

Examples of throb in a sentence

  1. the throb of the drums

  2. The pain has changed to a dull throb.



1579

First Known Use of throb

1579


THROB Defined for Kids

1

throb

play
verb \ˈthräb\

Definition of throb for Students

throbbed

throbbing

  1. 1 :  to feel repeated pangs of pain <My head is throbbing.>

  2. 2 :  to beat hard or fast <Our hearts throbbed from fright.>

  3. 3 :  to beat or rotate in a normal way <The motor throbbed quietly.>




2

throb

play
noun

Definition of throb for Students

  1. 1 :  2beat 2, pulse

  2. 2 :  pain that comes in repeated pangs




Medical Dictionary

1

throb

play
intransitive verb \ˈthräb\

Medical Definition of throb

throbbed

;

throbbing

  1. :  to pulsate or pound especially with abnormal force or rapidity <a finger throbbing from an infected cut>




2

throb

noun

Medical Definition of throb

  1. :  a single pulse of a pulsating movement or sensation <a sudden throb of pain>





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