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The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Throb \Throb\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Throbbed; p. pr. & vb. n. Throbbing.] [OE. [thorn]robben; of uncertain origin; cf. Russ. trepete a trembling, and E. trepidation.] To beat, or pulsate, with more than usual force or rapidity; to beat in consequence of agitation; to palpitate; -- said of the heart, pulse, etc. [1913 Webster] My heart Throbs to know one thing. --Shak. [1913 Webster] Here may his head lie on my throbbing breast. --Shak. [1913 Webster]