WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020 thrill /θrɪl/USA pronunciation
v. WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
- to (cause to) feel a sudden wave of emotion or excitement: [~ + object]The good news thrilled him.[~ + at/to + object]to thrill at the thought of Paris.
thrill•er, n. [countable]: a horror thriller.
- a sudden wave of strong emotion:He felt a thrill go through him when she entered the room.
- something that produces such a sensation:It's certainly a thrill to meet the president.
thrill (thril),USA pronunciation
- to affect with a sudden wave of keen emotion or excitement, as to produce a tremor or tingling sensation through the body.
- to utter or send forth tremulously, as a melody.
- to affect one with a wave of emotion or excitement.
- to be stirred by a tremor or tingling sensation of emotion or excitement:He thrilled at the thought of home.
- to cause a prickling or tingling sensation;
- to move tremulously;
- a sudden wave of keen emotion or excitement, sometimes manifested as a tremor or tingling sensation passing through the body.
- something that produces or is capable of producing such a sensation:a story full of thrills.
- a thrilling experience:It was a thrill to see Paris again.
- a vibration or quivering.
- Pathologyan abnormal tremor or vibration, as in the respiratory or vascular system.
- Middle English thrillen origin, originally, to penetrate, metathetic variant of thirlen to thirl 1250–1300
Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
thrill /θrɪl/ n
- a sudden sensation of excitement and pleasure
- a situation producing such a sensation
- a trembling sensation caused by fear or emotional shock
- an abnormal slight tremor associated with a heart or vascular murmur, felt on palpation
Etymology: Old English thӯrlian to pierce, from thyrel hole; see nostril, through
- to feel or cause to feel a thrill
- to tremble or cause to tremble; vibrate or quiver
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