- 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
Related formsas·pi·ra·tion·al, adjectivesu·per·as·pi·ra·tion, noun
Examples from the Web for aspirations
A soldier in the service of ideals and aspirations that formed his core.
More than a few were willing to be open about their sexual, if not romantic, aspirations.The Craziest Date Night for Single Jews, Where Mistletoe Is Ditched for Shots|Emily Shire|December 26, 2014|DAILY BEAST
First, Michelle raised the aspirations and sense of urgency for the entire reform movement.
There is a surprising sense of realism in the aspirations of these young Gazans.
They could be vulnerable and reveal their fears and aspirations.Filming a Beautiful Town in Decay: ‘Rich Hill’ and the Elusive American Dream|Tracy Droz Tragos|July 27, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The Washington building is the expression in materials of their aspirations for what is best and most beautiful.
How different the words, the aspirations, of the two suitors.The Wings of the Morning|Louis Tracy
In our organization, with the declared friends of Freedom, they will find a place in harmony with their aspirations.Charles Sumner; his Complete Works, v. 4-20|Charles Sumner
She had not repressed his talents from cool calculation, but it had been pleasant to her to see him grow up free from aspirations.Cleopatra, Complete|Georg Ebers
Vainly he sought to lull it, to keep it earthward, to laugh at his own aspirations—useless labor!My Recollections of Lord Byron|Teresa Guiccioli
British Dictionary definitions for aspirations
- 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