Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The act or an instance of insufflating.
  • noun Ecclesiastical A ritual act of breathing on baptismal water or on the one being baptized.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun 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.
  • noun The act of blowing or breathing on or into.
  • noun 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.
  • noun 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.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (R. C. Ch.) The breathing upon a person in the sacrament of baptism to symbolize the inspiration of a new spiritual life.
  • noun (Med.) The act of blowing (a gas, powder, or vapor) into any cavity of the body.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun The action of breathing or blowing into or on.
  • noun The result of breathing or blowing into or on.
  • noun The ritual breathing onto the water used for baptism

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

  • noun an act of blowing or breathing on or into something
  • noun (medicine) blowing air or medicated powder into the lungs (or into some other body cavity)

Etymologies

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From insufflate + -tion.

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  • (noun) - (1) The act of blowing a gas or vapour into a cavity of the body, as when tobacco smoke is injected into the rectum. --Richard Hoblyn's Medical Dictionary, 1859 (2) From Latin sufflatus, blown up, puffed out. --Rev. James Stormonth's Dictionary of the English Language, 1884

    January 27, 2018