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 Dictionary entry overview: What does palpitation mean? 

  The noun PALPITATION has 2 senses:

1. a rapid and irregular heart beat
2. a shaky motion

  Familiarity information: PALPITATION used as a noun is rare.

 Dictionary entry details 


Sense 1palpitation [BACK TO TOP]


A rapid and irregular heart beat

Classified under:

Nouns denoting stable states of affairs

Hypernyms ("palpitation" is a kind of...):

symptom ((medicine) any sensation or change in bodily function that is experienced by a patient and is associated with a particular disease)

Sense 2palpitation [BACK TO TOP]


A shaky motion

Classified under:

Nouns denoting stable states of affairs


quivering; shakiness; trembling; palpitation; quiver; shaking; vibration

Context example:

the shaking of his fingers as he lit his pipe

Hypernyms ("palpitation" is a kind of...):

motion (a state of change)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "palpitation"):

tremolo ((music) a tremulous effect produced by rapid repetition of a single tone or rapid alternation of two tones)

tremor (shaking or trembling (usually resulting from weakness or stress or disease))

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