pulsate

Things that pulsate throb with a regular, rhythmic beat — like the piped-in music at a trendy discotheque.

Music can pulsate, electromagnetic waves can pulsate, and your head can pulsate when you have a splitting headache. When someone takes your pulse by placing fingers on the inside of your wrist or on your neck, they're counting your heartbeats by feeling the blood pulsate through your arteries.

Definitions of pulsate
  1. verb
    expand and contract rhythmically; beat rhythmically
    “The baby's heart was pulsating again after the surgeon massaged it”
    synonyms: pulse, throb
    beat, quiver
    move with or as if with a regular alternating motion
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    type of:
    beat, pound, thump
    move rhythmically
  2. verb
    move with or as if with a regular alternating motion
    “the city pulsated with music and excitement”
    synonyms: beat, quiver
    pulse, throb
    expand and contract rhythmically; beat rhythmically
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    type of:
    move
    move so as to change position, perform a nontranslational motion
  3. verb
    produce or modulate (as electromagnetic waves) in the form of short bursts or pulses or cause an apparatus to produce pulses
    synonyms: pulse
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    type of:
    create, make, produce
    create or manufacture a man-made product
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