from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The act of breathing, not necessarily for a sustained period (compare respiration, which is sustained)

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of sighing, or fetching a long and deep breath; a deep respiration; a sigh.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of sighing, or fetching a long and deep breath; a deep respiration; a sigh.

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

  • n. an utterance made by exhaling audibly


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  • "Yes," said the first lady, with the same kind of suspiration, "I know what you mean.

    April Hopes

  • I once went to a quiz where they asked which team was currently bottom of the Football League, and there was a rustling suspiration through the room as every single human leaned in and scribbled on their pads while I, who'd been invited along purely for my supposedly up-to-the-minute sporting knowledge, looked on like a startled haddock.

    How I acquired my pub quiz technique | Emma John

  • Prelude, "Ah, there is a blessing in the gentle breeze," which is closer in spirit — and suspiration — to the Faustian "ach" in Kittler's epoch of the organic muse.

    Phonemanography: Romantic to Victorian

  • When I at last concluded with a loud note of joy, a long, involuntary suspiration in the darkening room told me that I had been listened to with profound interest; and, although no word was spoken, though I was still a stranger and under a cloud, it was plain that the experiment had succeeded, and that for the present the danger was averted.

    Green Mansions

  • A few tresses of her hair had escaped from beneath the Muslin which confined the rest, and fell carelessly over her bosom, as it heaved with slow and regular suspiration.

    The Monk

  • With brief suspiration he reassumed the candle, reascended the stairs, reapproached the door of the front room, hallfloor, and reentered.


  • It was a sly suspiration, a sound that played beguilingly around the outer ear without ever really intruding, yet they heard it anyway, a laugh that froze only random drops of blood within their veins.

    Into the Thinking Kingdoms

  • He stabbed his finger to a suspiration of smoke that rose from the lip of the cone and trickled up into the sky.


  • Infinitely reassuring was the unresting, unhurried suspiration of the air-pumps, driving the man-made trade winds of this tiny planet.

    The Sands of Mars

  • The girl's voice trembled, her breath came so hard Morgan could hear its suspiration where he stood.

    Trail's End


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