Definition of Thrill

1. Noun. The swift release of a store of affective force. "He does it for kicks"

Exact synonyms: Bang, Boot, Charge, Flush, Kick, Rush
Generic synonyms: Excitement, Exhilaration
Derivative terms: Charge

2. Verb. Cause to be thrilled by some perceptual input. "The men were thrilled by a loud whistle blow"
Generic synonyms: Excite, Stimulate, Stir
Derivative terms: Thriller

3. Noun. An almost pleasurable sensation of fright. "A frisson of surprise shot through him"
Exact synonyms: Chill, Frisson, Quiver, Shiver, Shudder, Tingle
Generic synonyms: Fear, Fearfulness, Fright
Derivative terms: Shiver, Shivery, Shuddery, Tingle

4. Verb. Feel sudden intense sensation or emotion. "He was thrilled by the speed and the roar of the engine"
Exact synonyms: Tickle, Vibrate
Generic synonyms: Excite, Shake, Shake Up, Stimulate, Stir

5. Noun. Something that causes you to experience a sudden intense feeling or sensation. "The thrills of space travel"
Generic synonyms: Excitation, Excitement

6. Verb. Tremble convulsively, as from fear or excitement.
Exact synonyms: Shiver, Shudder, Throb
Generic synonyms: Tremble
Derivative terms: Shiver, Shudder

7. Verb. Fill with sublime emotion. "The performance is likely to thrill Sue"; "He was inebriated by his phenomenal success"

Definition of Thrill

1. n. A warbling; a trill.

2. n. A breathing place or hole; a nostril, as of a bird.

3. v. t. To perforate by a pointed instrument; to bore; to transfix; to drill.

4. v. i. To pierce, as something sharp; to penetrate; especially, to cause a tingling sensation that runs through the system with a slight shivering; as, a sharp sound thrills through the whole frame.

5. n. A drill. See 3d Drill, 1.

Definition of Thrill

1. Verb. (ergative) To suddenly excite someone, or to give someone great pleasure; to (figuratively) electrify; to experience such a sensation. ¹

2. Verb. (ergative) To (cause something to) tremble or quiver. ¹

3. Verb. (obsolete) To pierce. ¹

4. Noun. a trembling or quivering, especially one caused by emotion ¹

5. Noun. a cause of sudden excitement; a kick ¹

6. Noun. (medicine) a slight quivering of the heart that accompanies a cardiac murmur ¹

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Definition of Thrill

1. to excite greatly [v -ED, -ING, -S]

Medical Definition of Thrill

1. 1. To perforate by a pointed instrument; to bore; to transfix; to drill. "He pierced through his chafed chest With thrilling point of deadly iron brand." (Spenser) 2. Hence, to affect, as if by something that pierces or pricks; to cause to have a shivering, throbbing, tingling, or exquisite sensation; to pierce; to penetrate. "To bathe in flery floods, or to reside In thrilling region of thick-ribbed ice." (Shak) "Vivid and picturesque turns of expression which thrill the eader with sudden delight." (M. Arnold) "The cruel word her tender heart so thrilled, That sudden cold did run through every vein." (Spenser) 3. To hurl; to throw; to cast. "I'll thrill my javelin." (Heywood) Origin: OE. Thrillen, irlen, urlen, to pierce; all probably fr. AS. Yrlian, yrelian, Fr. Yrel pierced; as a noun, a hole, fr. Urh through; probably akin to D. Drillen to drill, to bore. 53. See Through, and cf. Drill to bore, Nostril, Trill to trickle. A breathing place or hole; a nostril, as of a bird. Origin: AS. Yrel an aperture. See Thrill. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Literary usage of Thrill

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1. An Etymological Dictionary of the Scottish Language: To which is Prefixed, a by John Jamieson (1879)
"thrill multer, the fee for grinding at a certain VOL. IV. mill, which tenants are bound to pay according to the custom of ..."

2. An Index of differential diagnosis of main symptoms by Herbert French (1918)
"In order to arrive at a diagnosis of the cause of any thrill which is felt over the praecordia. two facts must first be ascertained, namely (1) Thr ..."

3. Middlemarch: A Study of Provincial Life by George Eliot (1873)
"They numbered scarce eight summers when a name Rose on their souls and stirred such motion* there As thrill the bnds and shape their hidden frame At ..."

4. Miscellanies by William Makepeace Thackeray (1877)
"WHAT MAKES MY HEART TO thrill AND GLOW THB ... And every fibre thrill and glow ? She 's home again ! she 's home, she 's home! Away all cares and griefs and ..."

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