throb

verb
\ˈthräb \
throbbed; throbbing

Definition of throb 

(Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

1 : to pulsate or pound with abnormal force or rapidity

2 : to beat or vibrate rhythmically

throb

noun

Definition of throb (Entry 2 of 2)

: beat, pulse

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Other Words from throb

Verb

throbber noun

Examples of throb in a Sentence

Verb

Her finger throbbed with pain. The music throbs with a Caribbean beat. drums throbbing in the distance

Noun

the throb of the drums The pain has changed to a dull throb.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

This health condition usually causes severe throbbing pain or a pulsing sensation, often on just one side of the head, the Mayo Clinic says. Korin Miller, SELF, "Is It True That the Weather Can Cause a Migraine?," 3 Aug. 2018 Glissando slides butt up against precise runs and throbbing bass lines, leading to an outburst from the drums that may surprise people used to Ms. Thorvaldsdottir’s quiet, slow burns. Joshua Barone, New York Times, "The New York Philharmonic Channels the Chaos of the Cosmos," 4 Apr. 2018 Her throbbing angry forehead vein alone deserves an Emmy nomination. refinery29.com, "This Is Keri Russell's Time To Shine — Welcome To The Russell-ution, Comrades," 13 July 2018 The British pop star and heart throb visited San Jose’s SAP Center on Wednesday, the third from last on his global tour. Billboard Staff, Billboard, "Harry Styles Helps Fan Come Out at San Jose Show," 12 July 2018 Mostly, Will gets to work, or rather Mr. Johnson does, as the character undergoes the hero’s crucible of suffering with throbbing muscles, an impressive deadpan and yards of duct tape. New York Times, "Review: In ‘Skyscraper,’ Dwayne Johnson Scales a Tower of Clichés," 11 July 2018 Nearly a week later, his hand started throbbing and burning. Melissa Gomez, New York Times, "Texas Man’s Near-Fatal Lesson: A Decapitated Snake Can Still Bite," 7 June 2018 Migraines can cause disabling symptoms: throbbing headaches, nausea and vomiting, and sensitivity to light and sound. Linda A. Johnson, BostonGlobe.com, "Checking your A/C now will save you hassle and sweat once summer comes around," 18 May 2018 First, make the play area larger, then replace the blocks with multicolored cubes—and then set the whole thing to loud, throbbing music, putting every moment of play into sync with the beat. Julie Muncy, WIRED, "Lumines Remastered Is the Perfect Summer Gaming Treat," 3 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

An aura of dread and violence is summoned by the off-center images, the syncopations of the editing and the relentless hum and throb of Jonny Greenwood’s score. A. O. Scott, New York Times, "Review: Joaquin Phoenix Is a Melancholy Avenger in ‘You Were Never Really Here’," 4 Apr. 2018 Justin Bieber, then a wholesome teen heart-throb, meets Baldwin backstage at the Today show. Sarah Spellings, The Cut, "A Comprehensive Timeline Of Hailey Baldwin and Justin Bieber’s Relationship," 9 July 2018 Set in 1929 and ’30, the show captures the jittery throb of Germany’s fragile, fractious but richly creative Weimar era as its brief existence got crushed in the Great Depression and indignant nationalism congealed into Nazism. Daryl H. Miller, latimes.com, "The world is ending, so come to the 'Cabaret'," 15 June 2018 The trauma sticks to my ribs; sometimes a dull ache, sometimes a sudden pinch, and sometimes a painful throb. Danielle Campoamor, Harper's BAZAAR, "I'm Not a Sexual Assault "Survivor"—I'm a Victim," 21 May 2018 Guitarist Brent Smith, bass player Garrett Ney and drummer Tom Lageveen are angular assassins — clinically precise as their sound throbs, rumbles and resembles an air-raid siren. David Lindquist, Indianapolis Star, "Record Store Day acts set off musical fireworks at Indianapolis shops," 22 Apr. 2018 Reynolds and Alma are unique, their own characters - with Day-Lewis especially creating a wholly different kind of role not seen since Dirk Bogarde matched heart-throb looks and transgressive roles in the 1960s. John Petkovic, cleveland.com, "Academy Awards 2018: 'Phantom Thread' deserves to win Best Picture Oscar (commentary)," 2 Mar. 2018 His stories taught me that being a fisherman was a life of relentless work; sleepless, gut-churning nights; and endless days punctuated only by the throb of the boat’s engine. Matthew Bremner, Slate Magazine, "Shifting Current," 24 July 2017 Paterfamilias Sirio Maccioni has presided over New York's elite since his days as the heart-throb maître d' at the Colony in the 1960s. Richard E. Farley, Town & Country, "Now That The Four Seasons Is Closing, Where Will the Power Lunch Crowd Go Next?," 26 July 2015

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First Known Use of throb

Verb

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

1578, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for throb

Verb

Middle English throbben

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More Definitions for throb

throb

verb

English Language Learners Definition of throb

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

: to beat with a strong, steady rhythm

throb

noun

English Language Learners Definition of throb (Entry 2 of 2)

: a strong, steady beat

: pain that starts and stops quickly and repeatedly

throb

verb
\ˈthräb \
throbbed; throbbing

Kids Definition of throb

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

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

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

throb

noun

Kids Definition of throb (Entry 2 of 2)

2 : pain that comes in repeated pangs

\ˈthräb \
throbbed; throbbing

Medical Definition of throb 

(Entry 1 of 2)

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

throb

noun

Medical Definition of throb (Entry 2 of 2)

: a single pulse of a pulsating movement or sensation a sudden throb of pain

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