- a strong desire, longing, or aim; ambition: intellectual aspirations.
- a goal or objective that is strongly desired: The presidency has been his aspiration since boyhood.
- the act of aspirating or breathing in.
- articulation accompanied by an audible puff of breath, as in the h-sound of how, or of when (hwen), or in the release of initial stops, as in the k-sound of key.
- the use of such a speech sound, or aspirate, in pronunciation.
- the act of removing a fluid, as pus or serum, from a cavity of the body, by a hollow needle or trocar connected with a suction syringe.
- the act of inhaling fluid or a foreign body into the bronchi and lungs, often after vomiting.
Origin of aspiration
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Examples from the Web for aspiration
Both high fashion and the fast, commercial fashion of Target are supposed to be about aspiration.One Vogue Cover Doesn’t Solve Fashion’s Big Race Problem
January 2, 2015
The salaries were reduced so much that 1000 euro for many workers has now become a goal or aspiration.
Nine years later, making 1,000 euro a month has become an aspiration for many.
But Roosevelt rooted it firmly in American experience and aspiration.Embodying Franklin Roosevelt’s Four Freedoms Remains a Vital Challenge
Harvey J. Kaye
April 6, 2014
The President loved the quote, and turned it into an entire ending about American greatness and aspiration.How Obama Prepares for the Grueling State of the Union
January 28, 2014
He was more than usually polite to the major: he was in the army, the goal of his aspiration!Weighed and Wanting
There were throes of love within her, of aspiration, of an ineffable delight in being.Tiverton Tales
And the 'ole point of an aspiration is the sacrifice of someone else.The Burning Spear
We write from aspiration and antagonism, as well as from experience.Essays, First Series
Ralph Waldo Emerson
There is no room for aspiration and no need of any: 'What is actual is rational, what is rational is actual.'Sophist
- strong desire to achieve something, such as success
- the aim of such desire
- the act of breathing
- a breath
- the pronunciation of a stop with an audible and forceful release of breath
- the friction of the released breath
- an aspirated consonant
- removal of air or fluid from a body cavity by suction
- the sucking of fluid or foreign matter into the air passages of the body
- the removal of air or fluid from the body by suction
Word Origin and History for aspiration
1530s, "action of breathing into," from Latin aspirationem (nominative aspiratio), noun of action from past participle stem of aspirare (see aspire). Meaning "steadfast longing for a higher goal, earnest desire for something above one" is recorded from c.1600 (sometimes collectively, as aspirations).
late 14c., "action of aspirating," noun of action from aspirate (v.).
- The removal of a gas or fluid by suction.
- The sucking of fluid or a foreign body into the airway when drawing breath.
- A surgical technique used in the treatment of cataracts of the eye, in which an incision is made into the cornea, the lens capsule is severed, and the material of the lens is fragmented and aspirated by a needle.