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  • 1Expand and contract with strong regular movements.

    ‘blood vessels throb and pulsate’
    • ‘When the ebb and flow of our heart diminishes, we feel separate from the vast world around us, a world in which everything breathes, pulsates, expands and contracts.’
    • ‘Naturally you start to stroke the blob and it suddenly expands and pulsates like the exposed viscera of a panting puppy.’
    • ‘Across one large wall, a purplish strand of smoke pulsated and contracted, cohering into a monstrous head.’
    • ‘Intensely expressive, she pulsates with angst in contractions, whips up her leg like a command, distorts her body into a stylized, modernist geometry.’
    • ‘If the Universe pulsated then during the contraction he thought that time might run backward.’
    • ‘The atmospheres of these stars pulsate in a very regular cycle, on timescales ranging from 2 days to a few months.’
    • ‘A type of abstract art that exploits certain optical phenomena to cause a work to seem to vibrate, pulsate, or flicker.’
    • ‘Feeling his heart pulsating strongly in his chest, he started towards her, and then stopped in his tracks.’
    • ‘Blair returned with the grappling pole and began to extend it, gazing at the huge, deep orange jellyfish as it bobbed and pulsated next to the boat.’
    • ‘I ask Klinck to assume the position, and I hit him as hard as I can, not stopping until my hand pulsates like a wounded, cartoon appendage.’
    • ‘The one last night was pretty mild, and mountains pulsate less than alluvial land (which is relatively gelatin to a tremor of the earth), but no matter how many times you're shaken, you never get used to quakes.’
    • ‘At one point the circle, now apparently a semi-hemisphere, appears to pulsate, half-convincing you that somewhere in this sophisticated box of tricks is a living entity.’
    • ‘Kolesch says unlike the full mesh wall of regular fences that line the highway, the electric fence is just several strands with some electrified wires that pulsate on contact.’
    • ‘Under the band of Milky Way stars, we listened to crickets pulsate in the dewy grass, and watched the orange coals lick themselves with tiny flames.’
    • ‘The variable stars in the above image are RR Lyrae variables, single stars that pulsate with periods of about half a day.’
    • ‘He started wondering if all cells might similarly pulsate - and if so, would they make noise?’
    • ‘When it reached the horizontal, the mattress started to pulsate, slamming itself into one side of my back, then the other.’
    • ‘As your eyes adjust, you begin to see orange and black spheres hanging from the ceiling that appear to pulsate to the industrial shop noise pounding through the walls.’
    • ‘The smooth fabric surface is alternately hermetically opaque during the day and eerily translucent after dark; at night the entire structure glows and pulsates like a giant jellyfish.’
    • ‘The star was indeed flickering, pulsating with a dying glow.’
    1. 1.1Produce a regular throbbing sensation or sound.
      ‘through the tiled walls she could hear the music pulsating’
      • ‘Bangkok is a cosmopolitan city that pulsates with life’
      • ‘Let the sun-downer do its work as the place throbs with pulsating music.’
      • ‘I was about to make an attempt to get up, as it was 9: 53, and I actually wanted to try to make myself useful, despite the burning sensation pulsating through my body.’
      • ‘It is here that the Latin spirit is set free and one can imagine the Flamenco-flavoured dance clubs of London pulsating with the sound of the Trio this summer.’
      • ‘Here, however, the ebb and flow of Takuma Itoi's sustained, pulsating textures are so regular that the proceedings soothe more than stimulate.’
      • ‘She experienced dizziness, peripheral oedema, and pulsating headache and stopped the treatment.’
      • ‘Hadleigh blinked and covered her eyes wishing that her pounding headache would stop pulsating behind her eyes.’
      • ‘The scenes oscillate between shady strip clubs, with excessively loud pulsating electronic beats, to what looks like Albanian countryside, where wild dogs roam and nothing decipherable happens.’
      • ‘The music was flowing all around her, pulsating, throbbing, sweeping her up and carrying her away with it.’
      • ‘The track features a gently pulsating synthesizer under a spare, reverberating guitar melody, and is punctuated by the sporadic ebb and flow of a stuttering drum beat.’
      • ‘For the past 34 years, Toronto has played host to Caribana, a dazzling carnival overflowing with pulsating steelband, calypso, and breathtaking costume displays.’
      • ‘Apartment complexes turned clubs as residents celebrated the festival with pulsating music belching out from personal music systems and of course colours sprinkled all over.’
      • ‘A 14,000-watt pulsating audio system and eye-catching lighting added magic to the electric atmosphere inside the auditorium.’
      • ‘At 18 tracks, it threatens to drag on for too long, but with pulsating songs - Ricky and This Cold - there is always something superb around the corner.’
      • ‘Then it's over to flashy dance floors and fast pulsating music that becomes all the more stirring after quaffing a few mugs of chilled beer or a few pegs of booze.’
      • ‘The narrow, pulsating streets of Pinar proved the exception to the province's otherwise sleepy languor.’
      • ‘Besides the taverns, there is a hot nightclub that pulsates into the early hours of the morning.’
      • ‘Its live, pulsating and infectious music complements original dance movements.’
      • ‘The song, with its lurching vocals, cranky guitars and pulsating rhythm, got me pretty intrigued.’
      • ‘Pulsating music, pleasant ambience and everything one could ask for the year-end bash.’
      • ‘He appears in movies and ads, regularly tours and puts out edgy, pulsating music.’
      palpitate, pulse, throb, vibrate, pump, undulate, surge, heave, rise and fall, ebb and flow
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/pʌlˈseɪt/ /ˈpʌlseɪt/


Late 17th century (earlier (Middle English) as pulsation): from Latin pulsat- ‘throbbed, pulsed’, from the verb pulsare, frequentative of pellere ‘to drive, beat’.