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
Example sentences from the Web for aspirate
An aspirating needle was introduced, and 16 ounces of pus were drawn off.Surgical Experiences in South Africa, 1899-1900|George Henry Makins
The tube is dried by aspirating air through it, and gently warming with a Bunsen burner.A Textbook of Assaying: For the Use of Those Connected with Mines.|Cornelius Beringer and John Jacob Beringer
Fill 10 litres of water into the aspirating bottle and attach a piece of rubber tubing with a screw clamp to the delivery tube.The Elements of Bacteriological Technique|John William Henry Eyre
In addition to aspirating synovia, the introduction of equal parts of alcohol and tincture of iodin into the theca is necessary.Lameness of the Horse|John Victor Lacroix
The changes on the beginning are made by aspirating an initial consonant.Elements of Gaelic Grammar|Alexander Stewart
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