1. To breathe quickly or in a labored manner, as after exertion or from eagerness or excitement; to respire with heaving of the breast; to gasp.

Pluto plants for breath from out his cell.

2. Hence: To long eagerly; to desire earnestly.

As the hart panteth after the water brooks.
Ps. xlii. 1.

Who pants for glory finds but short repose.

3. To beat with unnatural violence or rapidity; to palpitate, or throb; — said of the heart. Spenser.

4. To sigh; to flutter; to languish. [Poetic]

The whispering breeze
Pants on the leaves, and dies upon the trees.

(Pant), v. t.

1. To breathe forth quickly or in a labored manner; to gasp out.

There is a cavern where my spirit
Was panted forth in anguish.

2. To long for; to be eager after. [R.]

Then shall our hearts pant thee.

(Pant), n.

1. A quick breathing; a catching of the breath; a gasp. Drayton.

2. A violent palpitation of the heart. Shak.

(Pan"ta-) See Pan-.

(Pan"ta*ble) n. See Pantofle. [Obs.]

(Pan"ta*cosm) n. [Panta- + Gr. ko`smos universe.] See Cosmolabe.

(Pan"ta*graph) n. See Pantograph.

(Pan*tag"ru*el*ism) n. [From Pantagruel, one of the characters of Rabelais.]

1. The theory or practice of the medical profession; — used in burlesque or ridicule.

2. An assumption of buffoonery to cover some serious purpose. [R.] Donaldson.

(Pan`ta*let") n. [Dim. of pantaloon.] One of the legs of the loose drawers worn by children and women; particularly, the lower part of such a garment, coming below the knee, often made in a separate piece; — chiefly in the plural.

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