from The Century Dictionary.

  • Piercing; penetrating.
  • That thrills or stirs with subtle permeating emotion or sensation, as of pleasure, pain, horror, wonder, or the like: as, a thrilling adventure; a thrilling experience.
  • noun In crystallography, a compound or twin crystal consisting of three united crystals. See twin.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Causing a thrill; causing tremulous excitement; deeply moving.

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  • verb Present participle of thrill.
  • adjective Causing the feeling of a sudden excitement.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adjective causing a surge of emotion or excitement
  • adjective causing quivering or shivering as by cold or fear or electric shock


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  • Llywelyn's faint breath

    still alive for us here,

    in Builth, where our exiled leader

    sought entrance, knocked and knocked:

    and the reply is still thrilling,

    cascading on the local hills,

    charging and challenging, charging torrents

    of protest and blood on the wind.

    - Iwan Llwyd, 'Two Poems', translated from the Welsh by the author.

    November 10, 2008