[ pant ]
/ pænt /
verb (used without object)
to breathe hard and quickly, as after exertion.
to gasp, as for air.
to long with breathless or intense eagerness; yearn: to pant for revenge.
to throb or heave violently or rapidly; palpitate.
to emit steam or the like in loud puffs.
Nautical. (of the bow or stern of a ship) to work with the shock of contact with a succession of waves.Compare work (def. 24).
verb (used with object)
to breathe or utter gaspingly.
the act of panting.
a short, quick, labored effort at breathing; gasp.
a puff, as of an engine.
a throb or heave, as of the breast.
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Origin of pant1
First recorded in 1400–50; late Middle English panten, from Middle French pant(a)is(i)er, from unattested Vulgar Latin phantasiāre “to have visions,” from Greek phantasioûn “to have or form images.” See fantasy
synonym study for pant
1. Pant, gasp suggest breathing with more effort than usual. Pant suggests rapid, convulsive breathing, as from violent exertion or excitement: to pant after running for the train. Gasp suggests catching one's breath in a single quick intake, as from amazement, terror, and the like, or a series of such quick intakes of breath, as in painful breathing: to gasp with horror; to gasp for breath.
OTHER WORDS FROM pantpant·ing·ly, adverbun·pant·ing, adjective
Definition for pant (2 of 3)
Origin of pant2
First recorded in 1890–95; singular of pants
Definition for pant (3 of 3)
variant of panto- before a vowel.
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British Dictionary definitions for pant
/ (pænt) /
to breathe with noisy deep gasps, as when out of breath from exertion or excitement
to say (something) while breathing thus
(intr often foll by for) to have a frantic desire (for); yearn
(intr) to pulsate; throb rapidly
the act or an instance of panting
a short deep gasping noise; puff
Word Origin for pant
C15: from Old French pantaisier, from Greek phantasioun to have visions, from phantasia fantasy
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Medical definitions for pant
[ pănt ]
To breathe rapidly and shallowly.
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