(In*sphere") v. t. [imp. & p. p. Insphered ; p. pr. & vb. n. Insphering.] [Cf. Ensphere.]
To place in, or as in, an orb a sphere. Cf. Ensphere.
Bright aërial spirits live inspheredMilton.
In regions mild of calm and serene air.
(In*spir"a*ble) a. Capable of being inspired or drawn into the lungs; inhalable; respirable; admitting
(In`spi*ra"tion) n. [F. inspiration, L. inspiratio. See Inspire.]
1. 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.
2. 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.
Your father was ever virtuous, and holy men at their death have good inspirations.Shak.
3. (Theol.) 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.
All Scripture is given by inspiration of God.2 Tim. iii. 16.
The age which we now live in is not an age of inspiration and impulses.Sharp. Plenary inspiration (Theol.), that kind of inspiration which excludes all defect in the utterance of the
inspired message. Verbal inspiration (Theol.), that kind of inspiration which extends to the very
words and forms of expression of the divine message.
(In`spi*ra"tion*al) a. Pertaining to inspiration.
(In`spi*ra"tion*ist), n. One who holds to inspiration.
(In"spi*ra`tor) n. (Mach.) A kind of injector for forcing water by steam. See Injector, n., 2.
(In*spir"a*to*ry) a. Pertaining to, or aiding, inspiration; as, the inspiratory muscles.
(In*spire") v. t. [OE. enspiren, OF. enspirer, inspirer, F. inspirer, fr. L. inspirare; pref. in- in +
spirare to breathe. See Spirit.]
1. To breathe into; to fill with the breath; to animate.
When Zephirus eek, with his sweete breath,Chaucer.
Inspirèd hath in every holt and heath
The tender crops.
Descend, ye Nine, descend and sing,Pope.
The breathing instruments inspire.
2. To infuse by breathing, or as if by breathing.
He knew not his Maker, and him that inspired into him an active soul.Wisdom xv. 11.
3. To draw in by the operation of breathing; to inhale; opposed to expire.
Forced to inspire and expire the air with difficulty.Harvey.