Definition of Inspiration

1. Noun. Arousal of the mind to special unusual activity or creativity.

Generic synonyms: Idea, Thought
Specialized synonyms: Germ, Seed, Source, Mother, Afflatus
Derivative terms: Inspire

2. Noun. A product of your creative thinking and work. "After years of work his brainchild was a tangible reality"
Exact synonyms: Brainchild
Generic synonyms: Product, Production

3. Noun. A sudden intuition as part of solving a problem.
Generic synonyms: Intuition
Group relationships: Problem Solving

4. Noun. (theology) a special influence of a divinity on the minds of human beings. "They believe that the books of Scripture were written under divine guidance"
Exact synonyms: Divine Guidance
Generic synonyms: Cognitive Factor
Category relationships: Divinity, Theology
Derivative terms: Inspirational

5. Noun. Arousing to a particular emotion or action.
Exact synonyms: Stirring
Generic synonyms: Arousal, Rousing
Derivative terms: Stir

6. Noun. The act of inhaling; the drawing in of air (or other gases) as in breathing.
Exact synonyms: Aspiration, Breathing In, Inhalation, 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 Inspiration

1. 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.

Definition of Inspiration

1. Noun. The act of inspiring or breathing in. ¹

2. Noun. breath ¹

3. Noun. (physiology) The drawing of air into the lungs, accomplished in mammals by elevation of the chest walls and flattening of the diaphragm. ¹

4. Noun. 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. ¹

5. Noun. 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. ¹

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Definition of Inspiration

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Medical Definition of Inspiration

1. The act of drawing air into the lungs. Origin: L. Inspirare, spirare = to breathe This entry appears with permission from the Dictionary of Cell and Molecular Biology (11 Mar 2008)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Inspiration

inspiration (current term)
inspiratory capacity
inspiratory centre
inspiratory reserve volume
inspiratory stridor

Literary usage of Inspiration

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

1. Anatomy, Descriptive and Surgical by Henry Gray (1901)
"The Diaphragm is the principal muscle of inspiration. When in a condition of rest the muscle presents a domed surface, concave toward the abdomen ..."

2. The New Schaff-Herzog Encyclopedia of Religious Knowledge: Embracing by Johann Jakob Herzog, Philip Schaff, Albert Hauck (1910)
"1867; FL Patton, The inspiration of the Scriptures, Philadelphia, ... 1880; JJ Given, Truth of Scripture in connection with Revelation, inspiration, ..."

3. The Bookman (1905)
"New York: Harper and Brothers. lard's inspiration, seems in a measure to be a case in point. One must concede it to be a diverting little comedy, ..."

4. The American Journal of the Medical Sciences by Southern Society for Clinical Investigation (U.S.) (1850)
"In cases in which the obstruction is great, all those cartilages, as well as the lower end of the sternum, may fall in during inspiration ; but in slighter ..."

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