from The Century Dictionary.
- Characterized by a deep snoring sound, such as characterizes the laborious breathing which frequently accompanies certain diseases, as apoplexy.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- adjective Characterized by a deep snoring, which accompanies inspiration in some diseases, especially apoplexy; hence, hoarsely breathing; snoring.
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- adjective Sounding like
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adjective of breathing having a heavy snoring sound
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Taurus Antinor's breath came in short, stertorous gasps, his throat was parched and his tongue clove to the roof of his mouth.
Now his breathing was what doctors call stertorous, heavy and oppressed.
The last flask was opened, and we drank it between us, to the accompaniment of Scotty's stertorous breathing.
The night comes when she lays unconscious way past dinner time, and he's getting himself a snack when he realizes she is still sleeping, thinks about his meeting that night, thinks he will take her up a cup of tea and then hears the stertorous breathing and shakes her, and his trained hands tremble and almost fail him as he tries to jab the buttons on the phone.
To begin with, his stertorous breathing fell just short of snoring.
"No, not stertorous," reflects our narrator three pages in, remembering his ailing father, "rather wheezeful, softer, gulping, an immeasurably beautiful strange ancient fish glopping glooping groping rasping for air, at air …" But in this quest for literary uniqueness, there is too much calculation and coldness; something of the "love" needed to make it a full-blooded work of art is missing.
This was undeniably true; the monstrous orderly was lying on his face in the corner, breathing in ragged, stertorous snores.
His breathing was so stertorous we had a standing joke.
In the past, it had always ended with Billy's orgasm, followed by detumescence, a poorly aimed kiss near the ear, a slipping away into stertorous sleep.
Howbeit, the day has ebbed away, and it is night in his room before his stertorous breathing lulls or his fixed eyes show any consciousness of the candle that is occasionally passed before them.