verb (used with object), as·pi·rat·ed, as·pi·rat·ing.
- to articulate (a speech sound, especially a stop) so as to produce an audible puff of breath, as with the first t of total, the second t being unaspirated.
- to articulate (the beginning of a word or syllable) with an h-sound, as in which, pronounced (hwich), or hitch as opposed to witch or itch.
- to remove (a fluid) from a body cavity by use of an aspirator or suction syringe.
- to inhale (fluid or a foreign body) into the bronchi and lungs, often after vomiting.
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Origin of aspirate
OTHER WORDS FROM aspiratenon·as·pi·rate, noun, adjectivenon·as·pi·rat·ed, adjectivenon·as·pi·rat·ing, adjectiveun·as·pi·rat·ed, adjective
Words nearby aspirate
Example sentences from the Web for aspirate
Some operate like bellows, creating an accordion-like sound as they aspirate.How to Save Silent Movies: Inside New Jersey’s Cinema Paradiso|Rich Goldstein|October 2, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Bottle propping and speed-feeding gruel causes them to choke and aspirate their food—sometimes causing pneumonia and death.Russia’s Adoption Ban Is Cruel and Vindictive to All|Dr. Jane Aronson|December 29, 2012|DAILY BEAST
It may be preceded by the aspirate h, or by some consonant, as may be thought necessary.The Ontario Readers: The High School Reader, 1886|Ministry of Education
Penty Hook is the common pronunciation, and if without the aspirate, so much the nearer local correctness.
Proceeding as before, aspirate a volume of serum into the capillary stem up to the level of the pencil mark.
Take another similarly prepared pipette and aspirate into it equal volumes of washed cells, bacterial emulsion and pooled serum.
In emptying itself the aspirator bottle will aspirate 10 litres of air slowly through the water in the Erlenmeyer flask.
British Dictionary definitions for aspirate
verb (ˈæspɪˌreɪt) (tr)
- to articulate (a stop) with some force, so that breath escapes with audible friction as the stop is released
- to pronounce (a word or syllable) with an initial h
- a stop pronounced with an audible release of breath
- the glottal fricative represented in English and several other languages as h