American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The act or an instance of insufflating.
- n. Ecclesiastical A ritual act of breathing on baptismal water or on the one being baptized.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The act of blowing or breathing on or into.
- n. Eccles., the act or ceremony of breathing upon (a person or thing), symbolizing the influence of the Holy Ghost and the expulsion of an evil spirit. This ceremony is used in some ancient and Oriental rites, in exorcism of the water of baptism, and in the Greek and Roman Catholic churches and elsewhere in exorcism of catechumens. See
- n. In medicine, the act of blowing air into the mouth of a new-born child to induce respiration, or of blowing a gas, vapor, or powder into some opening of the body.
- n. The process of decorating pottery or porcelain by blowing color on the surface of the ware through a hollow tube over the end of which gauze has been stretched. See soufflé decoration, under soufflé.
- n. The action of breathing or blowing into or on.
- n. The result of breathing or blowing into or on.
- n. The ritual breathing onto the water used for baptism
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (R. C. Ch.) The breathing upon a person in the sacrament of baptism to symbolize the inspiration of a new spiritual life.
- n. (Med.) The act of blowing (a gas, powder, or vapor) into any cavity of the body.
- n. an act of blowing or breathing on or into something
- n. (medicine) blowing air or medicated powder into the lungs (or into some other body cavity)
- From insufflate + -tion. (Wiktionary)
“And still Ehomba continued his unnatural insufflation, until the last of the blackness had vanished, drawn deep down within himself.”
“Where the Gloss again hath it; "Those plagues which are inflicted by the insufflation of the devil, not by the hands of men.”
“Where the Gloss is, If those plagues come by the insufflation of the devil, which do not defile the man.”
“A moment later there was a soft, almost inaudible insufflation; the door stirred and moved outward perhaps six inches, then stopped.”
“The pipes are of three kinds: (1) a simple valved insufflation tube or "blow-pipe," by means of which the performer fills the bag reservoir; (2) the "chaunter”
“The insufflation tube appears to have been left out, and there are no drones to be seen.”
“The first applications that he attempted related to the use of electricity in surgery, a wonderfully fecund branch, but one whose importance was scarcely suspected, notwithstanding the results already obtained through the application of the insufflation pile to galvano-cautery.”
“In addition to this capital defect, it is regrettable that it is necessary to shake the flask that contains the solution after every insufflation of air, and also that the play of the valves soon becomes imperfect.”
“During the baptismal service the Satanic hosts, as originators of sin, vice, and maladies, were expelled by insufflation of the officiating clergyman, the sign of the cross, and the invocation of the Triune Deity.”
“Had he found the true church all of a sudden in winding up to the end like a reel of cotton some fine-spun line of reasoning upon insufflation on the imposition of hands or the procession of the Holy Ghost?”
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