Definitions for: Pant


[n] a short labored intake of breath with the mouth open; "she gave a gasp and fainted"
[n] the noise made by a short puff of steam (as from an engine)
[v] breathe noisily, as when one is exhausted; "The runners reached the finish line, panting heavily"
[v] utter while panting, as if out of breath



Webster (1913) Definition: Pant, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Panted; p. pr. & vb. n.
Panting.] [Cf. F. panteler to gasp for breath, OF.
panteisier to be breathless, F. pantois out of breath; perh.
akin to E. phantom, the verb prob. orig. meaning, to have the
nightmare.]
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. --Dryden.

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. --Pope.

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. --Pope.


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. --Shelley.

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

Then shall our hearts pant thee. --Herbert.


Pant, n.
1. A quick breathing; a catching of the breath; a gasp.
--Drayton.

2. A violent palpitation of the heart. --Shak.

Synonyms: gasp, gasp, heave, puff

See Also: aspiration, blow, breathing in, emit, inhalation, inspiration, let loose, let out, noise, utter

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