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THROB, verb intransitive [perhaps allied to drive and to drub; at least its elements and signification coincide.] To beat, as the heart or pulse, with more than usual force or rapidity; to beat in consequence of agitation; to palpitate. The heart throbs with joy, desire of fear; the violent action of the heart is perceived by a throbbing pulse.

My heart throbs to know one thing.

We apply the word also the breast.

Here may his head live on my throbbing breast.

THROB, noun A beat or strong pulsation; a violent beating of the heart and arteries; a palpitation.

Thou talk'st like one who never felt

Th' impatient throbs and longings of a soul

That pants and reaches after distant good.