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1 expand and contract rhythmically; beat rhythmically; "The baby's heart was pulsating again after the surgeon massaged it" [syn: throb, pulse]
2 move with or as if with a regular alternating motion; "the city pulsated with music and excitement" [syn: beat, quiver]
3 produce or modulate (as electromagnetic waves) in the form of short bursts or pulses or cause an apparatus to produce pulses; "pulse waves"; "a transmitter pulsed by an electronic tube" [syn: pulse]

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  1. to expand and contract rhythmically; to throb or to beat.
  2. To quiver, vibrate, thrill.
  3. To produce pulsations.

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to expand and contract rhythmically; to throb or to beat
To quiver, vibrate, thrill
To produce pulsations



  1. Form of Second-person plural present tense, pulsare
  2. Form of Second-person plural imperative, pulsare#Italian|pulsare

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

alternate, be here again, beat, beat a ruffle, beat a tattoo, circle, come again, come and go, come around, come round, come round again, come up again, cycle, drum, fluctuate, flutter, go pitapat, hammer, intermit, oscillate, palpitate, pant, patter, pitter-patter, pound, pulse, pump, quiver, reappear, recur, reoccur, repeat, return, reverberate, revolve, roar, roll, roll around, rotate, ruffle, sound a tattoo, splatter, splutter, sputter, throb, thrum, thud, thump, tick, ticktock, turn, undulate, vibrate, wheel, wheel around
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