inspiration

[ in-spuh-rey-shuhn ]
/ ˌɪn spəˈreɪ ʃən /

noun


Nearby words

  1. inspectorate,
  2. inspectorial,
  3. inspersion,
  4. insphere,
  5. inspirable,
  6. inspirational,
  7. inspirator,
  8. inspiratory,
  9. inspiratory capacity,
  10. inspiratory reserve volume

Origin of inspiration

1275–1325; Middle English inspiracio(u)n < Late Latin inspīrātiōn- (stem of inspīrātiō). See inspire, -ation

Related formsre·in·spi·ra·tion, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for inspiration

inspiration

/ (ˌɪnspɪˈreɪʃən) /

noun

stimulation or arousal of the mind, feelings, etc, to special or unusual activity or creativity
the state or quality of being so stimulated or aroused
someone or something that causes this state
an idea or action resulting from such a state
the act or process of inhaling; breathing in
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Word Origin and History for inspiration

inspiration

n.

c.1300, "immediate influence of God or a god," especially that under which the holy books were written, from Old French inspiracion "inhaling, breathing in; inspiration," from Late Latin inspirationem (nominative inspiratio), noun of action from past participle stem of Latin inspirare "inspire, inflame, blow into," from in- "in" (see in- (2)) + spirare "to breathe" (see spirit). Literal sense "act of inhaling" attested in English from 1560s. Meaning "one who inspires others" is attested by 1867.

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Medicine definitions for inspiration

inspiration

[ ĭn′spə-rāshən ]

n.

The inhalation of air into the lungs.

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Science definitions for inspiration

inspiration

[ ĭn′spə-rāshən ]

See inhalation.
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