Definition of Aspiration

1. Noun. A will to succeed.

Generic synonyms: Ambition, Ambitiousness
Derivative terms: Aspire

2. Noun. A cherished desire. "His ambition is to own his own business"
Exact synonyms: Ambition, Dream
Generic synonyms: Desire
Specialized synonyms: American Dream, Emulation, Nationalism
Derivative terms: Ambition, Ambitious, Aspire

3. Noun. A manner of articulation involving an audible release of breath.
Generic synonyms: Articulation
Derivative terms: Aspirate

4. Noun. The act of inhaling; the drawing in of air (or other gases) as in breathing.
Exact synonyms: Breathing In, Inhalation, Inspiration, Intake
Group relationships: Breathing, External Respiration, Respiration, Ventilation
Generic synonyms: Breath
Specialized synonyms: Gasp, Pant, Drag, Puff, Pull
Derivative terms: Aspirate, Inhale, Inhale, Inspire

Definition of Aspiration

1. n. The act of aspirating; the pronunciation of a letter with a full or strong emission of breath; an aspirated sound.

Definition of Aspiration

1. Noun. The act of aspiring or ardently desiring; an ardent wish or desire, chiefly after what is elevated or spiritual (with common adjunct adpositions being to or of) ¹

2. Noun. The action of aspirating. ¹

3. Noun. (phonetics) A burst of air that follows the release of some consonants. ¹

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Definition of Aspiration

1. [n -S]

Medical Definition of Aspiration

1. 1. The act of inhaling. 2. Strong desires to accomplish something. This usually pertains to greater values or high ideals. Origin: L. Spirare = to breathe (27 Jun 1999)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Aspiration

aspirate mutation
aspirated h
aspirating needle
aspiration (current term)
aspiration biopsy
aspiration pneumonia

Literary usage of Aspiration

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Practitioner by Gale Group, ProQuest Information and Learning Company (1885)
"In the course of five weeks the aspiration was twice repeated, about a pound ... Five weeks after the first aspiration the patient left the hospital well, ..."

2. The American Journal of the Medical Sciences by Southern Society for Clinical Investigation (U.S.) (1907)
"110 " After aspiration of 350 cc vb " Final blood pressure ten minutes later 97 ... Hg. The average fall in pressure as a result of aspiration was 11 mm. ..."

3. From Latin to Spanish by Paul M. Lloyd (1987)
"The aspiration of Syllable-Final /-s/ Related, in part at least, ... The F written for SB may reflect both the aspiration of the /-s/ > [-h] and its ..."

4. The Complete Works of Gustave Flaubert: Embracing Romances, Travels by Gustave Flaubert, Ferdinand Brunetière (1904)
"Do you not feel the aspiration of my soul ascending towards yours, and that they must intermingle, and that I am dying on your account? ..."

5. The Catholic Encyclopedia: An International Work of Reference on the by Charles George Herbermann, Edward Aloysius Pace, Condé Bénoist Pallen, Thomas Joseph Shahan, John Joseph Wynne (1913)
"But even in primitive Buddhism communion with the cods of India was retained as an element of lay belief and aspiration, and it was only by substituting the ..."

6. Gesenius' Hebrew Grammar by Wilhelm Gesenius, Thomas Jefferson Conant, Emil Roediger (1856)
"aspiration, AND THE REMOVAL OF IT BY ... or stood between two vowels, it was softened by partaking of the aspiration with which a vowel is uttered. ..."

7. School Economy: A Treatise on the Preparation, Organization, Employments by James Pyle Wickersham (1864)
"aspiration is an End of Study.—Nothing tends more to insure the young against the temptations of a low sensualism, to lead them away from an indulgence in ..."

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