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[pant] /pænt/
verb (used without object)
1.
to breathe hard and quickly, as after exertion.
2.
to gasp, as for air.
3.
to long with breathless or intense eagerness; yearn:
to pant for revenge.
4.
to throb or heave violently or rapidly; palpitate.
5.
to emit steam or the like in loud puffs.
6.
Nautical. (of the bow or stern of a ship) to work with the shock of contact with a succession of waves.
Compare work (def 24).
verb (used with object)
7.
to breathe or utter gaspingly.
noun
8.
the act of panting.
9.
a short, quick, labored effort at breathing; gasp.
10.
a puff, as of an engine.
11.
a throb or heave, as of the breast.
Origin of pant1
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English panten < Middle French pant(a)is(i)er < Vulgar Latin *phantasiāre to have visions < Greek phantasioûn to have or form images. See fantasy
Related forms
pantingly, adverb
unpanting, adjective
Synonyms
1. puff, blow. Pant, gasp suggest breathing with more effort than usual. Pant suggests rapid, convulsive breathing, as from violent exertion or excitement: to pant after running for the train. Gasp suggests catching one's breath in a single quick intake, as from amazement, terror, and the like, or a series of such quick intakes of breath, as in painful breathing: to gasp with horror; to gasp for breath. 3. thirst, hunger.

pant2

[pant] /pænt/
adjective
1.
of or relating to pants:
pant cuffs.
noun
2.
3.
pants (defs 1, 2).
Origin
First recorded in 1890-95; singular of pants

pant-

1.
variant of panto- before a vowel.
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Examples from the Web for pant
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  • Why, in a little while we wanted to hold our mouths open and pant like a dog.

    Tom Sawyer Abroad Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
  • He was out of breath with whispering; I could hear him pant slightly.

    The Secret Sharer Joseph Conrad
  • I pant for a plantation which shall shelter and not suffocate.

  • Her head drooped back and her parted lips seemed to pant and glow.

    In a Little Town Rupert Hughes
  • “Bullets,” said Harry, who began to pant with excitement, as he made for the door.

    In the Mahdi's Grasp George Manville Fenn
  • But in a few minutes they had recovered their breath, and ceased to pant from their exertions.

  • Some may court publicity, and pant for the forum, or the pulpit, but they are the few.

    The Young Maiden

    A. B. (Artemas Bowers) Muzzey
  • He paused to pant, his body filling and emptying like a bladder.

    Bob, Son of Battle Alfred Ollivant
  • From my place of ambush I could hear him pant aloud as he struck the blows.

    Treasure Island Robert Louis Stevenson
British Dictionary definitions for pant

pant

/pænt/
verb
1.
to breathe with noisy deep gasps, as when out of breath from exertion or excitement
2.
to say (something) while breathing thus
3.
(intransitive) often foll by for. to have a frantic desire (for); yearn
4.
(intransitive) to pulsate; throb rapidly
noun
5.
the act or an instance of panting
6.
a short deep gasping noise; puff
Word Origin
C15: from Old French pantaisier, from Greek phantasioun to have visions, from phantasiafantasy
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Word Origin and History for pant
v.

mid-15c., perhaps a shortening of Old French pantaisier "gasp, puff, pant, be out of breath, be in distress" (12c.), probably from Vulgar Latin *pantasiare "be oppressed with a nightmare, struggle for breathing during a nightmare," literally "to have visions," from Greek phantasioun "have or form images, subject to hallucinations," from phantasia "appearance, image, fantasy" (see phantasm). Related: Panted; panting.

n.

"a gasping breath," c.1500, from pant (v.).

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pant in Medicine

pant (pānt)
v. pant·ed, pant·ing, pants
To breathe rapidly and shallowly.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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