American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth 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.
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.
- 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. phonetics A burst of air that follows the release of some consonants.
GNU Webster's 1913
- 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.
- 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
- aspirate + -ion (Wiktionary)
“You cannot have too much of that yearning which we call aspiration, for, even though you do not attain your ideal, the efforts you make will bring nothing but blessing; while he who fails of attaining mere worldly goals is too often eaten up with the canker-worm of disappointed ambition.”
“If my intense desire to see the friend, from whom I have parted, does not bring him from the other side of the world, or take me thither; if the mother's agonised prayer that her child should live has not prevented him from dying; experience certainly affords no presumption that the strong desire to be alive after death, which we call the aspiration after immortality, is any more likely to be gratified.”
“Until then, you will need to tube feed your pup to keep them strong and also to prevent them from swallowing food into the lungs causing what we call aspiration pneumonia.”
“That is a long-term aspiration which is very sensible.”
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“They are to be avoided unless your aspiration is merely money and marketing.”
“But he says silence isn't an option: My aspiration is to have my own show again.”
“If one's highest aspiration is to elicit rapid-fire answers to a narrow set of repetitive questions, either Williamsburg Collegiate or Army Basic Training at Fort Benning, Ga. will do just fine.”
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“I support both the Israelis and the Palestinians in aspiration to live together peacefully.”
“The “rule of law” is no pious aspiration from a civics textbook.”
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