Definitions for: Thrill


[n] something that thrills; "the thrills of space travel"
[n] an almost pleasurable sensation of fright; "a frisson of surprise shot through him"
[n] the swift release of a store of affective force; "they got a great bang out of it"; "what a rush!"; "he does it for kicks"
[v] feel sudden intense sensation or emotion; "he was thrilled by the speed and the roar of the engine"
[v] fill with sublime emotion; tickle pink (exhilarate is obsolete in this usage); "The children were thrilled at the prospect of going to the movies"; "He was inebriated by his phenomenal success"
[v] tremble convulsively
[v] cause to be thrilled by some perceptual input; "The men were thrilled by a loud whistle blow"



Webster (1913) Definition: Thrill (thr[i^]l), n. [See Trill.]
A warbling; a trill.


Thrill, n. [AS. [thorn]yrel an aperture. See Thrill,
v. t.]
A breathing place or hole; a nostril, as of a bird.


Thrill, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Thrilled; p. pr. & vb. n.
Thrilling.] [OE. thrillen, [thorn]irlen, [thorn]urlen, to
pierce; all probably fr. AS. [thorn]yrlian, [thorn]yrelian,
Fr. [thorn]yrel pierced; as a noun, a hole, fr. [thorn]urh
through; probably akin to D. drillen to drill, to bore.
[root]53. See Through, and cf. Drill to bore, Nostril,
Trill to trickle.]
1. To perforate by a pointed instrument; to bore; to
transfix; to drill. [Obs.]

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. [Obs.]

I'll thrill my javelin. --Heywood.


Thrill, v. i.
1. 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.

I have a faint cold fear thrills through my veins.
--Shak.

2. To feel a sharp, shivering, tingling, or exquisite
sensation, running through the body.

To seek sweet safety out In vaults and prisons, and
to thrill and shake. --Shak.


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

2. A sensation as of being thrilled; a tremulous excitement;
as, a thrill of horror; a thrill of joy. --Burns.

Synonyms: bang, beatify, boot, charge, chill, exalt, exhilarate, flush, frisson, inebriate, kick, quiver, rush, shiver, shiver, shudder, shudder, throb, tickle, tingle, vibrate

See Also: elate, excitation, excite, excite, excitement, excitement, exhilaration, fear, fearfulness, fright, intoxicate, lift up, pick up, shake, shake up, stimulate, stimulate, stir, stir, tremble, uplift

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