Meaning of PULSATE in English


ˈpəlˌsāt chiefly Brit ˌ ̷ ̷ˈ ̷ ̷, usu -ād.+V intransitive verb

( -ed/-ing/-s )

Etymology: Latin pulsatus, past participle of pulsare to beat, strike — more at push

1. : to exhibit a pulse : beat

an artery pulsates

2. : to throb or move rhythmically : vibrate especially with life, activity, feeling

a pulsating population which expands and contracts with changes in religious beliefs — M.D.Brockie

behind every line … pulsate the rhythms of the authors' hatred or contempt or scorn — L.O.Coxe

the country is alive and pulsating with beauty — Alice Duncan-Kemp

the river breeze pulsated warmly upward — Harriet La Barre


pulse , beat , throb , palpitate : pulsate suggests a rhythmic regular movement, typically that of the heart in alternate dilation and constriction

the heart pulsating

a motor pulsating

It is often used figuratively in reference to healthy or vigorous action or inspiration

great effort pulsating from the heart of this small island — Sir Winston Churchill

pulse applies to what flows or is thought of as flowing in a regular spurting rhythm

through the tensed veins on his forehead the blood could be seen to pulse in nervous, stacatto bounds — Donn Byrne

a small fountain pulsed in the court — Harry Sylvester

her excitement, that pulsed with interest and curiosity — Robert Hichens

beat is a nontechnical term for pulse or pulsate; it often applies to rhythmic motion with an audible effect

the beating of the patient's heart

drums beating

throb indicates strong pulsation, often abnormally strong, sometimes as though caused and accompanied by passion or agitation

the planes' motors throbbed steadily, powerfully, on the field — Kay Boyle

western Christendom throbbed to the news of the French Revolution — Stringfellow Barr

the love which fills the letter, which throbs and burns in it, which speaks and argues in it — H.O.Taylor

palpitate applies to rapid throbbing or vibrating, sometimes quivering or fluttering

planet-ridden space, filled with the ether, palpitating with strange vibrations, like light and heat and wireless — W.E.Swinton

the worshiper, palpitating emotionally after the performance of some anthem — A.T.Davison

Webster's New International English Dictionary.      Новый международный словарь английского языка Webster.