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gasping


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Gasp  \Gasp\,  v.  i.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Gasped};  p.  pr  &  vb  n. 
  {Gasping}.]  [OE.  gaspen,  gaispen  to  yawn,  gasp,  Icel.  geispa 
  to  yawn;  akin  to  Sw  g["a]spa,  Dan.  gispe  to  gasp.] 
  1.  To  open  the  mouth  wide  in  catching  the  breath,  or  in 
  laborious  respiration;  to  labor  for  breath;  to  respire 
  convulsively;  to  pant  violently. 
 
  She  gasps  and  struggles  hard  for  life.  --Lloyd. 
 
  2.  To  pant  with  eagerness;  to  show  vehement  desire. 
 
  Quenching  the  gasping  furrows'  thirst  with  rain. 
  --Spenser. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  gasping 
  adj  :  breathing  laboriously  or  convulsively  [syn:  {blown},  {out  of 
  breath(p)},  {panting},  {pursy},  {short-winded},  {winded}] 




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