pulsate

verb

pul·​sate ˈpəl-ˌsāt How to pronounce pulsate (audio)
 also  ˌpəl-ˈsāt
pulsated; pulsating

intransitive verb

1
: to throb or move rhythmically : vibrate
2
: to exhibit a pulse or pulsation : beat

Examples of pulsate in a Sentence

The lights pulsated with the music. People danced to the pulsating sounds of hip-hop. Virtually every scene of the movie pulsates with suspense.
Recent Examples on the Web Unlike other models, this pulsating sprinkler doesn’t need to be staked into the ground. Kat De Naoum, Better Homes & Gardens, 10 July 2024 As Shirley sits outside the facility recording the pulsating drone, his nostrils flare, and his voice rises with impatience. By Andrew R Chow/granbury, Texas, TIME, 8 July 2024 Fish — not to be confused with Phish — swam from one side of the stage to the other amid giant, pulsating jellyfish as the whole dome transformed into a trippy underwater experience. Bloomberg, The Mercury News, 1 July 2024 Host nation Germany moved into the quarterfinals after beating Denmark 2-0 in a pulsating game delayed by lightning and driving rain. Andrew Torgan, CNN, 30 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for pulsate 

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Word History

Etymology

in part borrowed from Latin pulsātus, past participle of pulsāre "to strike with repeated blows, beat, (in passive) beat wildly (of the heart)," frequentative or repetitive derivative of pellere "to beat against, push, strike"; in part from pulse entry 1 + -ate entry 4 — more at pulse entry 1

First Known Use

1744, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of pulsate was in 1744

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Cite this Entry

“Pulsate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pulsate. Accessed 17 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

pulsate

verb
pul·​sate ˈpəl-ˌsāt How to pronounce pulsate (audio)
pulsated; pulsating
1
: to throb or move rhythmically
2
: to exhibit a pulse or pulsation : beat
a heart pulsating

Medical Definition

pulsate

intransitive verb
pul·​sate
ˈpəl-ˌsāt also ˌpəl-ˈ
pulsated; pulsating
: to exhibit a pulse or pulsation
a pulsating artery

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