- 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
OTHER WORDS FROM aspirationas·pi·ra·tion·al, adjectivesu·per·as·pi·ra·tion, noun
How to use aspiration in a sentence
NASA wants to buy some moon rocks, and it’s seeking out companies to make space mining trips so that it can establish a legal framework for its galactic aspirations.NASA wants to buy moon rocks from anyone who can fund their own space trip|Verne Kopytoff|September 10, 2020|Fortune
If you choose the right life partner, who understands and supports your aspirations, you can achieve almost anything in life.The advice that helped this year’s 40 under 40 find their own path|kdunn6|September 3, 2020|Fortune
So the new agreement seems to be an effort to turn that aspiration into action, and commit the Forest Service to matching the effort.California and the Forest Service have a plan to prevent future catastrophic fires|Ula Chrobak|August 27, 2020|Popular-Science
Verily, though, has aspirations to potentially go further by, for example, integrating data from mobile health devices.Alphabet’s Verily plans to use big data to help employers predict health insurance costs|Rachel Schallom|August 25, 2020|Fortune
This workshop tapped into the community’s aspiration to build more democratic, cooperative, and equitable algorithmic systems by incorporating participatory methods into their design.Participation-washing could be the next dangerous fad in machine learning|Amy Nordrum|August 25, 2020|MIT Technology Review
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
That phenomenon is not limited to peaceniks with spiritual aspirations.
In her Silver Jubilee speech she said that while she understood independence aspirations, she wanted to see the UK remain united.How the Queen ‘Purred’ With Pleasure at Scottish Referendum Result|Tom Sykes|September 23, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Still, Ehrlich, who now works at the Washington law firm King & Spalding, harbors aspirations of having “a voice in the party.”
I want it to be great, free, and happy, and to shape its own destinies according to its desires and aspirations.The Philippine Islands|John Foreman
She did not yet know how necessary climbing might be, in her new country life, but her aspirations did not tend that way.Dorothy at Skyrie|Evelyn Raymond
Was it right to fill this woman with romantic aspirations that could never be gratified?The Joyous Adventures of Aristide Pujol|William J. Locke
That my aspirations were satisfied I do not pretend, for ambition forbade any settled feeling of rest or content.
She went home despising in her heart both lords and menials, and dreaming, with new aspirations, of her Roman republic.Madame Roland, Makers of History|John S. C. Abbott
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