If something's pulsing like a heartbeat, it's throbbing. When you stop and catch your breath after a long run, you might hear your throbbing pulse in your ears.

An injury that's throbbing with pain pounds with regular beats: "I have a throbbing headache." Music is often described as throbbing too, beating and pounding with deep bass notes from a club or a car — or maybe your ceiling is vibrating with the throbbing music your upstairs neighbors are playing. To throb is to pulsate, and experts guess the word itself stems from the sound and feeling of pulsating blood.

Definitions of throbbing
  1. adjective
    pounding or beating strongly or violently
    “a throbbing pain”
    “the throbbing engine of the boat”
    rhythmic, rhythmical
    recurring with measured regularity
  2. noun
    an instance of rapid strong pulsation (of the heart)
    “he felt a throbbing in his head”
    synonyms: pounding, throb
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    type of:
    beat, heartbeat, pulsation, pulse
    the rhythmic contraction and expansion of the arteries with each beat of the heart
  3. noun
    a sound with a strong rhythmic beat
    “the throbbing of the engines”
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    type of:
    the sudden occurrence of an audible event
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