[ad_1] verb (used with object), as·pi·rat·ed, as·pi·rat·ing.
- to articulate (a speech sound, especially a stop) so as to produce an audible puff of breath, as with the first t of total, the second t being unaspirated.
- to articulate (the beginning of a word or syllable) with an h-sound, as in which, pronounced (hwich), or hitch as opposed to witch or itch.
- to remove (a fluid) from a body cavity by use of an aspirator or suction syringe.
- to inhale (fluid or a foreign body) into the bronchi and lungs, often after vomiting.
- to draw or remove by suction.
- Phonetics. a speech sound having as an obvious concomitant an audible puff of breath, as initial stop consonants or initial h-sounds.
- Medicine/Medical. the substance or contents that have been aspirated.
- Phonetics. (of a speech sound) pronounced with or accompanied by aspiration; aspirated.
verb (ˈæspɪˌreɪt) (tr)
- to articulate (a stop) with some force, so that breath escapes with audible friction as the stop is released
- to pronounce (a word or syllable) with an initial h
- to draw in or remove by inhalation or suction, esp to suck (air or fluid) from a body cavity or to inhale (fluid) into the lungs after vomiting
- to supply air to (an internal-combustion engine)
- a stop pronounced with an audible release of breath
- the glottal fricative represented in English and several other languages as h
- phonetics (of a stop) pronounced with a forceful and audible expulsion of breath
1725, “sound of the letter ‘H’,” especially at the beginning of a word, from Latin aspiratio “a breathing, exhalation, the pronunciation of the letter H” (see aspire).
“to pronounce with audible breath,” 1700; perhaps a back-formation from aspiration (n.2), or from French aspirer (1520s), or directly from Latin aspiratus, past participle of aspirare (see aspire). Related: Aspirated; aspirating.
- To take in or remove by aspiration.
- A substance removed by aspiration.