intr.v. throbbed, throb·bing, throbs
1. To beat rapidly or violently, as the heart; pound.
2. To feel or be subjected to a pulsating pain: My toe was throbbing after I stubbed it.
3. To vibrate, pulsate, or sound with a steady pronounced rhythm: boat engines throbbing.
A beating, pulsating, or vibration.
[Middle English throbben, of imitative origin.]
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