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  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Aspiration  \As`pi*ra"tion\,  n.  [L.  aspiratio,  fr  aspirare:  cf 
  F.  aspiration.] 
  1.  The  act  of  aspirating;  the  pronunciation  of  a  letter  with 
  a  full  or  strong  emission  of  breath;  an  aspirated  sound. 
 
  If  aspiration  be  defined  to  be  an  impetus  of 
  breathing.  --Wilkins. 
 
  2.  The  act  of  breathing;  a  breath;  an  inspiration. 
 
  3.  The  act  of  aspiring  of  a  ardently  desiring;  strong  wish; 
  high  desire.  ``Aspirations  after  virtue.''  --Johnson. 
 
  Vague  aspiration  after  military  renown.  --Prescott. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  aspiration 
  n  1:  a  will  to  succeed 
  2:  a  cherished  desire;  "his  ambition  is  to  own  his  own 
  business"  [syn:  {ambition},  {dream}] 
  3:  a  manner  of  articulation  involving  an  audible  release  of 
  breath  [syn:  {rough  breathing}] 




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