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v. thrilled, thrill·ing, thrills
1. To cause to feel a sudden sensation of pleasure or delight; excite greatly: was thrilled to learn that she had won the contest.
2. To cause to quiver, tremble, or vibrate.
1. To feel a sudden sensation of pleasure or delight: "His answer came that afternoon and she thrilled to see the handwriting" (Susan Minot).
2. To quiver, tremble, or vibrate.
a. A sudden feeling of pleasure or excitement: It gave him a thrill to learn their secret.
b. A source or cause of pleasure or excitement: the thrills of the amusement park.
2. A quivering or trembling caused by sudden excitement or emotion.
3. Medicine A slight palpable vibration associated with a cardiac murmur and certain other cardiac or respiratory conditions.

[Middle English thrillen, alteration of thirlen, to pierce, from Old English thȳrlian, from thȳrel, hole; see terə- in Indo-European roots.]

thrill′ing·ly adv.


advspannungsgeladen; thrillingly newaufregend neu
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The sounds were those of females, and were thrillingly soft and wailing.
From the paintings over which his elaborate fancy brooded, and which grew, touch by touch, into vagueness at which I shuddered the more thrillingly, because I shuddered knowing not why;--from these paintings (vivid as their images now are before me) I would in vain endeavour to educe more than a small portion which should lie within the compass of merely written words.
And Colette's frequenters, thrillingly conscious of wrong-doing and 'that two-handed engine (the policeman) at the door,' were perhaps inclined to somewhat feverish excess.
Matthew saw that she was faint, and kneeling down, supported her in his arms, while he threw some of the thrillingly cold water of the enchanted lake upon her face and bosom.
Ainsworth, who has in preparation, and will shortly give the public a more minute, and no doubt, a thrillingly interesting account of the voyage.
And as we stood together on the mat, as he was gradually closing the door, a clock within chimed a half-hour in fashion so thrillingly familiar to me that I caught Raffles by the arm.
HIGGINS [suddenly resorting to the most thrillingly beautiful low tones in his best elocutionary style] By George, Eliza, the streets will be strewn with the bodies of men shooting themselves for your sake before I've done with you.
To be told in rhythmical cadences that her eyes were stars of the morning -- that her cheek had the flush it stole from the sunrise -- that her lips were redder than the roses of Paradise, was thrillingly romantic.
All the others were following the herds over the grassy pastures, and he, left quite alone in the homestead, was roaming hither and thither and playing thrillingly upon the lyre.
As a story of unprecedented adventure in a distant and unknown region it speaks thrillingly to the universal human sense of romance.
And also in a moment his heart responded thrillingly to this novel mood.
This time Wolf Larsen's command was thrillingly imperative.