- 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.
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Origin of aspiration
OTHER WORDS FROM aspirationas·pi·ra·tion·al, adjectivesu·per·as·pi·ra·tion, noun
Words nearby aspiration
Example sentences 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|Danielle Belton|January 2, 2015|DAILY BEAST
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|DAILY BEAST
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|Jon Favreau|January 28, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Aspiration to the perfect is not to make us idle, indifferent to the present, but to drive us on.The Poetry Of Robert Browning|Stopford A. Brooke
As a result of that, the fundamental feelings of the soul—faith, conscience, aspiration—are being neglected and starved.Heart and Soul|Victor Mapes (AKA Maveric Post)
This he declined to do, and so left his people without any aspiration toward the Infinite.The Religions of Japan|William Elliot Griffis
The saints are even more ardent in aspiration, for their tender hearts were pressed and saddened by fear.
(laughs) His 'aspiration' puts him in a hole on bread and water!Plays|Susan Glaspell
British Dictionary definitions for aspiration
- 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
- 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