The swift release of a store of affective force; "they got a great bang out of it"; "what a boot!"; "he got a quick rush from injecting heroin"; "he does it for kicks" [syn: bang, boot, charge, rush, flush, thrill, kick]
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.
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.
Thrill \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.
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.
3. To hurl; to throw; to cast. [Obs.]