1. To perforate by a pointed instrument; to bore; to transfix; to drill. "He pierced through his chafed chest With thrilling point of deadly iron brand." (Spenser)

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." (Spenser)

3. To hurl; to throw; to cast. "I'll thrill my javelin." (Heywood)

Origin: OE. Thrillen, irlen, urlen, to pierce; all probably fr. AS. Yrlian, yrelian, Fr. Yrel pierced; as a noun, a hole, fr. Urh through; probably akin to D. Drillen to drill, to bore. 53. See Through, and cf. Drill to bore, Nostril, Trill to trickle.

A breathing place or hole; a nostril, as of a bird.

Origin: AS. Yrel an aperture. See Thrill.

(01 Mar 1998)

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