What does cough mean?

Definitions for cough
kɔf, kɒfcough

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. cough, coughing(verb)

    a sudden noisy expulsion of air from the lungs that clears the air passages; a common symptom of upper respiratory infection or bronchitis or pneumonia or tuberculosis

  2. cough(verb)

    exhale abruptly, as when one has a chest cold or congestion

    "The smoker coughs all day"

Wiktionary

  1. cough(Noun)

    A sudden, usually noisy expulsion of air from the lungs, often involuntary.

    Behind me, I heard a distinct, dry cough.

    Etymology: From a imitative base *kox- (unattested in Old English, but probably present as *cohhian; compare cohhetan). Cognate with Dutch kuchen, German keuchen, Albanian hukat.

  2. cough(Noun)

    A condition that causes one to cough; a tendency to cough.

    Sorry, I can't come to work today u2013 I've got a nasty cough.

    Etymology: From a imitative base *kox- (unattested in Old English, but probably present as *cohhian; compare cohhetan). Cognate with Dutch kuchen, German keuchen, Albanian hukat.

  3. cough(Verb)

    To push air from the lungs in a quick, noisy explosion.

    I breathed in a load of smoke by mistake, and started to cough.

    Etymology: From a imitative base *kox- (unattested in Old English, but probably present as *cohhian; compare cohhetan). Cognate with Dutch kuchen, German keuchen, Albanian hukat.

  4. cough(Verb)

    To make a noise like a cough

    The engine coughed and sputtered.

    Etymology: From a imitative base *kox- (unattested in Old English, but probably present as *cohhian; compare cohhetan). Cognate with Dutch kuchen, German keuchen, Albanian hukat.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Cough(verb)

    to expel air, or obstructing or irritating matter, from the lungs or air passages, in a noisy and violent manner

    Etymology: [Cg. D. kuch. See Cough, v. i. ]

  2. Cough(verb)

    to expel from the lungs or air passages by coughing; -- followed by up; as, to cough up phlegm

    Etymology: [Cg. D. kuch. See Cough, v. i. ]

  3. Cough(verb)

    to bring to a specified state by coughing; as, he coughed himself hoarse

    Etymology: [Cg. D. kuch. See Cough, v. i. ]

  4. Cough(verb)

    a sudden, noisy, and violent expulsion of air from the chest, caused by irritation in the air passages, or by the reflex action of nervous or gastric disorder, etc

    Etymology: [Cg. D. kuch. See Cough, v. i. ]

  5. Cough(verb)

    the more or less frequent repetition of coughing, constituting a symptom of disease

    Etymology: [Cg. D. kuch. See Cough, v. i. ]

Freebase

  1. Cough

    A cough, is a sudden and often repetitively occurring reflex which helps to clear the large breathing passages from secretions, irritants, foreign particles and microbes. The cough reflex consists of three phases: an inhalation, a forced exhalation against a closed glottis, and a violent release of air from the lungs following opening of the glottis, usually accompanied by a distinctive sound. Coughing is either voluntary or involuntary. Frequent coughing usually indicates the presence of a disease. Many viruses and bacteria benefit evolutionarily by causing the host to cough, which helps to spread the disease to new hosts. Most of the time, irregular coughing is caused by a respiratory tract infection but can be triggered by choking, smoking, air pollution, asthma, gastroesophageal reflux disease, post-nasal drip, chronic bronchitis, lung tumors, heart failure and medications such as ACE inhibitors. Treatment should target the cause; for example, smoking cessation or discontinuing ACE inhibitors. Cough suppressants such as codeine or dextromethorphan are frequently prescribed, but have been demonstrated to have little effect. Other treatment options may target airway inflammation or may promote mucus expectoration. As it is a natural protective reflex, suppressing the cough reflex might have damaging effects, especially if the cough is productive.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Cough

    kof, n. an effort of the lungs to throw off injurious matter, accompanied by a harsh sound, proceeding from the throat.—v.i. to make this effort.—v.t. to expel from the throat or lungs by a cough.—ns. Cough′-drop, -loz′enge, a sweetmeat taken to cure coughing; Cough′er; Cough′ing,—Cough down, to drown a speaker's voice by coughing, so that he must stop. [M. E. coughen; cf. Dut. kuchen, Ger. keuchen, keichen, to gasp.]

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Cough

    A sudden, audible expulsion of air from the lungs through a partially closed glottis, preceded by inhalation. It is a protective response that serves to clear the trachea, bronchi, and/or lungs of irritants and secretions, or to prevent aspiration of foreign materials into the lungs.

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of cough in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of cough in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of cough in a Sentence

  1. Lejla Szabo:

    I thought the flu -- you have a cough and cold and you stay home for two days, it didn't cross my mind it could lead to something this serious.

  2. Nguyen Nhat Anh:

    It's like a vacation, at quarantine camp, free Wi-Fi, free meals, free face masks. Just a little heart attack if any of the roommates cough.

  3. Van Kerkhove:

    When we actually go back and we say how many of them were truly asymptomatic, we find out that many have really mild disease, they're not quote-unquote Covid symptoms -- meaning they may not have developed fever yet, they may not have had a significant cough, or they may not have shortness of breath -- but some may have mild disease.

  4. Guo Qiang:

    I have to say I'm indeed worried, sometimes I'm nervous even if I have a little cough. That's why I have a thermometer at home and, sometimes when I come back, I'll check my body temperature.

  5. Health Minister Terawan Agus Putranto:

    Imagine if everybody who had a cough or flu was checked, then millions would be checked.

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