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

  • n. Stimulation of the mind or emotions to a high level of feeling or activity.
  • n. The condition of being so stimulated.
  • n. An agency, such as a person or work of art, that moves the intellect or emotions or prompts action or invention.
  • n. Something, such as a sudden creative act or idea, that is inspired.
  • n. The quality of inspiring or exalting: a painting full of inspiration.
  • n. Divine guidance or influence exerted directly on the mind and soul of humankind.
  • n. The act of drawing in, especially the inhalation of air into the lungs.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The act of inspiring or breathing in.
  • n. breath
  • n. The drawing of air into the lungs, accomplished in mammals by elevation of the chest walls and flattening of the diaphragm.
  • n. The act or power of exercising an elevating or stimulating influence upon the intellect or emotions; the result of such influence which quickens or stimulates; as, the inspiration of occasion, of art, etc.
  • n. A supernatural divine influence on the prophets, apostles, or sacred writers, by which they were qualified to communicate moral or religious truth with authority; a supernatural influence which qualifies men to receive and communicate divine truth; also, the truth communicated.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of inspiring or breathing in; breath; specif. (Physiol.), the drawing of air into the lungs, accomplished in mammals by elevation of the chest walls and flattening of the diaphragm; -- the opposite of expiration.
  • n. The act or power of exercising an elevating or stimulating influence upon the intellect or emotions; the result of such influence which quickens or stimulates
  • n. A supernatural divine influence on the prophets, apostles, or sacred writers, by which they were qualified to communicate moral or religious truth with authority; a supernatural influence which qualifies men to receive and communicate divine truth; also, the truth communicated.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of inspiring or breathing in; a drawing into the lungs, as of air; inhalation; the first movement in the act of respiration, followed by expiration.
  • n. A breathing or infusion into the mind or soul; an awakening or creation of thought, purpose, or any mental condition, by some specific external influence; intellectual exaltation; an inexplicable cognition, as the knowledge of an axiom, according to a priori philosophers.
  • n. In theology, an influence directly and immediately exerted by the Spirit of God upon the soul of man: in Christian theology, used especially with reference to the Old and New Testaments, regarded as written under the direct influence of God exercised upon the thoughts and feelings of the writers. ;
  • n. The state or condition of being inspired; determination or purpose excited by a specific external influence; communicated bent of mind.
  • n. That which is impressed by an inspiring influence; a thought or an emotion borne in upon one by an occult prompting or impulse.

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

  • n. a sudden intuition as part of solving a problem
  • n. (theology) a special influence of a divinity on the minds of human beings
  • n. the act of inhaling; the drawing in of air (or other gases) as in breathing
  • n. arousal of the mind to special unusual activity or creativity
  • n. arousing to a particular emotion or action
  • n. a product of your creative thinking and work

Etymologies

From Old French inspiration, from Late Latin inspirationem (nominative: inspiratio), from Latin inspiratus (past participle of inspīrō). (Wiktionary)

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