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thump

(thump)
A punch or blow to the center of the sternum with the fist or a mechanical device.

chest thump

Precordial thump.

precordial thump

A forceful punch delivered to a patient’s sternum in an attempt to terminate a lethal cardiac rhythm, such as ventricular fibrillation or ventricular tachycardia.

CAUTION!

This procedure is not routinely used. The critical time it consumes during resuscitation may be better used by starting chest compressions and assigning a second rescuer to obtain an automated external defibrillator.
Synonym: chest thump
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As suddenly released, with thumping tail and dancing eyes, Michael gazed up into the god's face.
Above the muffled roar of conversation, the dismal wailings of babies at night, the thumping of feet in unseen corridors and rooms, mingled with the sound of varied hoarse shoutings in the street and the rattling of wheels over cobbles, they heard the screams of the child and the roars of the mother die away to a feeble moaning and a subdued bass muttering.
As he paused I heard in an adjoining room known to me as his "machine- shop," which no one but himself was permitted to enter, a singular thumping sound, as of some one pounding upon a table with an open hand.
I wondered if I looked as I felt and if they could hear my heart thumping clear across the room.
These resounding blows explained the thumping sounds they had heard, for the mallet was much bigger than a barrel, and where it struck the path between the rocky sides of the mountain it filled all the space through which our travelers would be obliged to pass.
Miss Morstan seized my wrist, and we all stood with thumping hearts, straining our ears.
He seems to be thumping the bulkhead with his fists--or his head.
I steamed up a bit, then swung down-stream, and two thousand eyes followed the evolutions of the splashing, thumping, fierce river-demon beating the water with its terrible tail and breathing black smoke into the air.
Change or no change, I'll never fag for him again," said Tom, thumping the table.
Sure," answered O'Brien, thumping down a plethoric sack by the side of Matthewson's.
An empty chest clattered turning over; a man fell head first with a jump, as if lifted by a kick; and farther off, indistinct, others streamed like a mass of rolling stones down a bank, thumping the deck with their feet and flourishing their arms wildly.
if I'd had the luck to call at the stone house wi' my pack, as lies here,"--stooping and thumping the bundle emphatically with his fist,--"an' th' handsome young lasses all stannin' out on the stone steps, it ud' ha' been summat like openin' a pack, that would.