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1. To open the mouth wide in catching the breath, or in laborious respiration; to labour 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)

Origin: OE. Gaspen, gaispen, to yawn, gasp, Icel. Geispa to yawn; akin to Sw. Gaspa, Dan. Gispe to gasp.

To emit or utter with gasps; with forth, out, away, etc. "And with short sobs he gasps away his breath." (Dryden)

The act of opening the mouth convulsively to catch the breath; a labored respiration; a painful catching of the breath. at the last gasp, at the point of death.

(01 Mar 1998)

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