1. The act of aspirating; the pronunciation of a letter with a full or strong emission of breath; an aspirated
If aspiration be defined to be an impetus of breathing.
2. The act of breathing; a breath; an inspiration.
3. The act of aspiring of a ardently desiring; strong wish; high desire. "Aspirations after virtue." Johnson.
Vague aspiration after military renown.
1. (Chem.) An apparatus for passing air or gases through or over certain liquids or solids, or for exhausting
a closed vessel, by means of suction.
2. (Med.) An instrument for the evacuation of the fluid contents of tumors or collections of blood.
(As*pir"a*to*ry) a. Of or pertaining to breathing; suited to the inhaling of air
(As*pire") v. i. [imp. & p. p. Aspired ; p. pr. & vb. n. Aspiring.] [F. aspirer, L. aspirare.
See Aspirate, v. t.]
1. To desire with eagerness; to seek to attain something high or great; to pant; to long; followed by to
or after, and rarely by at; as, to aspire to a crown; to aspire after immorality.
Aspiring to be gods, if angels fell;
Aspiring to be angels, men rebel.
2. To rise; to ascend; to tower; to soar.
My own breath still foments the fire,
Which flames as high as fancy can aspire.
(As*pire"), v. t. To aspire to; to long for; to try to reach; to mount to. [Obs.]
That gallant spirit hath aspired the clouds.
(As*pire"), n. Aspiration. [Obs.] Chapman.
(As*pire"ment) n. Aspiration. [Obs.]
(As*pir"er) n. One who aspires.
(As*pir"ing), a. That aspires; as, an Aspiring mind. As*pir"ing*ly, adv. As*pir"ing*ness,
(Asp"ish) a. Pertaining to, or like, an asp.
(As`por*ta"tion) n. [L. asportatio, fr. asportare to carry away; abs = ab + portare to bear,
carry.] (Law) The felonious removal of goods from the place where they were deposited.
It is adjudged to be larceny, though the goods are not carried from the house or apartment. Blackstone.
(A*sprawl") adv. & a. Sprawling.
(A*squat") adv. & a. Squatting.