Asphyxia to Assay
(||As*phyx"i*a As*phyx"y) n. [NL. asphyxia, fr. Gr. 'a priv. + to throb, beat.] (Med.) Apparent
death, or suspended animation; the condition which results from interruption of respiration, as in suffocation
or drowning, or the inhalation of irrespirable gases.
(As*phyx"i*al) a. Of or relating to asphyxia; as, asphyxial phenomena.
(As*phyx"i*ate) v. t. To bring to a state of asphyxia; to suffocate. [Used commonly in the
(As*phyx"i*a`ted As*phyx"ied) p. p. In a state of asphyxia; suffocated.
(As*phyx`i*a"tion) n. The act of causing asphyxia; a state of asphyxia.
(As"pic) n. [F. See Asp.]
1. The venomous asp. [Chiefly poetic] Shak. Tennyson.
2. A piece of ordnance carrying a 12 pound shot. [Obs.]
(As"pic), n. [F., a corrupt. of spic L. spica (spicum, spicus), ear, spike. See Spike.] A European
species of lavender which produces a volatile oil. See Spike.
(As"pic), n. [F., prob. fr. aspic an asp.] A savory meat jelly containing portions of fowl, game,
fish, hard boiled eggs, etc. Thackeray.
(||As`pi*do*bran"chi*a) n. pl. [NL., fr. Gr. shield + gills.] (Zoöl.) A group of Gastropoda,
with limpetlike shells, including the abalone shells and keyhole limpets.
(As*pir"ant) a. [Cf. F. aspirant, p. pr. of aspirer. See Aspire.] Aspiring.
(As*pir"ant), n. [Cf. F. aspirant.] One who aspires; one who eagerly seeks some high position
or object of attainment.
In consequence of the resignations . . . the way to greatness was left clear to a new set of aspirants.
(As"pi*rate) v. t. [imp. & p. p. Aspirated ; p. pr. & vb. n. Aspirating ] [L. aspiratus, p.
p. of aspirare to breathe toward or upon, to add the breathing h; ad + spirare to breathe, blow. Cf.
Aspire.] To pronounce with a breathing, an aspirate, or an h sound; as, we aspirate the words horse
and house; to aspirate a vowel or a liquid consonant.
1. A sound consisting of, or characterized by, a breath like the sound of h; the breathing h or a character
representing such a sound; an aspirated sound.
2. A mark of aspiration (&asper) used in Greek; the asper, or rough breathing. Bentley.
3. An elementary sound produced by the breath alone; a surd, or nonvocal consonant; as, f, th in thin,
(As"pi*ra"ted) a. [L. aspiratus, p. p.] Pronounced with the h sound
or with audible breath.
But yet they are not aspirate, i. e., with such an aspiration as h.
(As`pi*ra"tion) n. [L. aspiratio, fr. aspirare: cf. F. aspiration.]