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palpitate

[′pal·pə‚tāt]
(medicine)
To flutter, or beat abnormally fast; applied especially to the rate of the heartbeat.
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A lull, and the wind is secret and prying with him; lifts and lets falls a rag; hides palpitating under another rag; runs nimbly through his hair and beard.
The mother and Maggie sat at the other end of the table, the one in blank patience, the other in palpitating expectation.
Avoiding the small cabin, therefore, which was very dark and filthy, and to which they often invited both her and her grandfather, Nell sat in the open air with the old man by her side: listening to their boisterous hosts with a palpitating heart, and almost wishing herself safe on shore again though she should have to walk all night.
The fact that the people have put their faith in a party that is hinting it will renege on its repayments to Europe has left quite a few people palpitating, not least the Germans.
Not only is it a cool sounding jazz number with swirling organs, palpitating horns and slinky bass lines all coming into play, the song is another wonderful throwback to romance.
For those who skipped reading Cyrus Mistry's encounters with the breathing and palpitating modern day Mumbai nine years ago, here is an opportunity to pick up the book in the paperback format.
CELEBRITY MasterChef returned to our screens on BBC One last week and - be still my palpitating heart - it's got Wayne Sleep, Russell Grant, Christopher Biggins and Reg Holdsworth off Corrie among its contestants.
The hysteria comes a week after Brad, James, Connor and Tristan, who are all single, needed a police escort in Paris to make their way through through the palpitating crowds.
On an afternoon of palpitating hearts, chewed nails, and more mood swings than a hormonal teenager, this will have to go down as a "must not lose" instead.
And, hand on palpitating heart, I'm delighted that I did for the food packed the sort of punchy flavours that revive a chap's jaded palate after the festive season.
Thus Composition for a Thin Membrane, 2012, a hanging sculpture of abaca fiber, suddenly moans in pain before falling quiet for an extended period of time, while the subdued textured sounds of Loop, 2010, make it seem as though the woven electric-wire wall piece is almost palpitating and heaving with life.