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From Middle English throbben; possibly of imitative origin.

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throb (third-person singular simple present throbs, present participle throbbing, simple past and past participle throbbed)

  1. (intransitive) To pound or beat rapidly or violently.
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  2. (intransitive) To vibrate or pulsate with a steady rhythm. (Can we verify(+) this sense?)
  3. (intransitive, of a body part) To pulse (often painfully) in time with the circulation of blood.
    I have a throbbing headache.
  4. (figurative, with "with") To exhibit an attitude, trait, or affect powerfully and profoundly.
    • 1977 April 23, Arlene Silva, “Suzanne Fox's Silent Stories”, in Gay Community News, page 10:
      Having been married and divorced, Suzanne throbs with attitudes of strength, liberation and equality.

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throb (plural throbs)

  1. A beating, vibration or palpitation.
    • 1749, [John Cleland], “(Please specify the letter or volume)”, in Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure [Fanny Hill], London: [] G. Fenton [i.e., Fenton and Ralph Griffiths] [], →OCLC:
      My bosom was now bare, and rising in the warmest throbs, presented to his sight and feeling the firm hard swell of a pair of young breasts, such as may be imagin'd of a girl not sixteen, fresh out of the country

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