Definitions for: Gasp


[n] a short labored intake of breath with the mouth open; "she gave a gasp and fainted"
[v] breathe noisily, as when one is exhausted; "The runners reached the finish line, panting heavily"



Webster (1913) Definition: Gasp, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Gasped; p. pr. & vb. n.
Gasping.] [OE. gaspen, gaispen, to yawn, gasp, Icel. geispa
to yawn; akin to Sw. g["a]spa, Dan. gispe to gasp.]
1. To open the mouth wide in catching the breath, or in
laborious respiration; to labor for breath; to respire
convulsively; to pant violently.

She gasps and struggles hard for life. --Lloyd.

2. To pant with eagerness; to show vehement desire.

Quenching the gasping furrows' thirst with rain.
--Spenser.


Gasp, v. t.
To emit or utter with gasps; -- with forth, out, away, etc.

And with short sobs he gasps away his breath. --Dryden.


Gasp, n.
The act of opening the mouth convulsively to catch the
breath; a labored respiration; a painful catching of the
breath.

At the last gasp, at the point of death. --Addison.

Synonyms: heave, pant, pant, puff

See Also: aspiration, blow, breathing in, inhalation, inspiration

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