a short labored intake of breath with the mouth open
"she gave a gasp and fainted"
pant, puff, gasp, heave(verb)
breathe noisily, as when one is exhausted
"The runners reached the finish line, panting heavily"
A short, sudden intake of breath.
The audience gave a gasp of astonishment
: A draw or drag on a cigarette (or gasper).
I'm popping out for a gasp.
: To draw in the breath suddenly, as if from a shock.
The audience gasped as the magician disappeared
: To breathe laboriously or convulsively.
We were all gasping when we reached the summit
: To speak in a breathless manner
The old man gasped his last few words
to open the mouth wide in catching the breath, or in laborious respiration; to labor for breath; to respire convulsively; to pant violently
to pant with eagerness; to show vehement desire
to emit or utter with gasps; -- with forth, out, away, etc
the act of opening the mouth convulsively to catch the breath; a labored respiration; a painful catching of the breath
Origin: [OE. gaspen, gaispen, to yawn, gasp, Icel. geispa to yawn; akin to Sw. gspa, Dan. gispe to gasp.]
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
gasp, v.i. to gape in order to catch breath: to desire eagerly.—n. the act of opening the mouth to catch the breath.—pr.p. and adj. Gasp′ing, convulsive, spasmodic.—adv. Gasp′ingly.—The last gasp, the utmost extremity. [Ice. geispa, to yawn, by metathesis from geipsa, cf. geip, idle talk.]
British National Corpus
Rank popularity for the word 'GASP' in Verbs Frequency: #1008
The numerical value of GASP in Chaldean Numerology is: 6
The numerical value of GASP in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
I think this is the last gasp of folks who have been fighting against [the Affordable Care Act] for ideological reasons.
Those outdated steel mills, local governments and local banks are lingering in the last gasp, they live or die together.
This picture never fails to draw a gasp, the picture itself is the news; it shows that dramatic moment between life and death.
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Translations for GASP
From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary
- těžce dýchat, zajíknout, lapat po dechuCzech
- japsen, keuchenGerman
- bocanada, jadearSpanish
- haukkoa henkeään, savut, huohottaa, henkäisyFinnish
- haleter, halètement, ahanerFrench
- plosgScottish Gaelic
- boccheggiare, rantolo, rantolare, restare a bocca aperta, ansimare, tirata di sigaretta, anelito, trattenere il fiato, restare senza fiatoItalian
- 喘ぐ, 息を呑むJapanese
- huataue, mote, kuhaMāori
- snakken, hijgenDutch
- pese, gisp, gispe, dragNorwegian
- задыхаться, открывать рот, вздыхать, дышать с трудом, вздохнутьRussian
- kippa, flämtning, flämtaSwedish
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