Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Expulsion of breath in speech.
  • n. Linguistics The pronunciation of a consonant with an aspirate.
  • n. Linguistics A speech sound produced with an aspirate.
  • n. The act of breathing in; inhalation.
  • n. Medicine The process of removing fluids or gases from the body with a suction device.
  • n. A strong desire for high achievement.
  • n. An object of such desire; an ambition.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The act of aspiring or ardently desiring; an ardent wish or desire, chiefly after what is elevated or spiritual (with common adjunct adpositions being to or of)
  • n. The action of aspirating.
  • n. A burst of air that follows the release of some consonants.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of aspirating; the pronunciation of a letter with a full or strong emission of breath; an aspirated sound.
  • n. The act of breathing; a breath; an inspiration.
  • n. The act of aspiring of a ardently desiring; strong wish; high desire.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of aspirating or breathing; a breath.
  • n. An aspirated sound; a phonetic breathing.
  • n. The act of aspiring or ardently desiring; an ardent wish or desire, chiefly after what is elevated or spiritual.
  • n. Aid; inspiration; countenance.
  • n. The act of removing a fluid, as pus or serum, from some cavity of the body, by means of a hollow needle or trocar connected with a suction-syringe.
  • n. Suction; the act or process of drawing air through (by some method of exhaustion), as opposed to the act or process of forcing it through—that is, to a blast.
  • n. Synonyms Longing, yearning.
  • n. The staccato mark (which see, under staccato).
  • n. The drawing forward, in flight, against the direction of motion of a wind-current. See the extract.

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

  • n. a will to succeed
  • n. a cherished desire
  • n. a manner of articulation involving an audible release of breath
  • n. the act of inhaling; the drawing in of air (or other gases) as in breathing

Etymologies

aspire +‎ -ation (Wiktionary)
aspirate +‎ -ion (Wiktionary)

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