- to beat or throb rhythmically, as the heart
- to vibrate; quiver
Origin of pulsate; from Classical Latin pulsatus, past participle of pulsare, to beat ; from pulsus: see pulse
intransitive verbpul·sat·ed, pul·sat·ing, pul·sates
- To expand and contract rhythmically: could hear the heart pulsating.
- To produce rhythmic sounds or other vibrations: music pulsating throughout the room.
Origin of pulsateLatin pulsare, pulsat-, frequentative of pellere, to beat; see pel-5 in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present pulsates, present participle pulsating, simple past and past participle pulsated)
From Latin pulsÄtiÅ (“repeated striking"), from pulsÅ (“strike repeatedly"), from pellÅ (“strike")