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American Dictionary of the English Language

Webster's Dictionary 1828

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Gasp


G'ASP, verb intransitive

1. To open the mouth wide in catching the breath or in laborious respiration; particularly in dying.

2. To long for. [Not in use.]

G'ASP, verb transitive To emit breath by opening wide the mouth.

And with short sobs he gasps away his breath.

G'ASP, noun The act of opening the mouth to catch the breath.

1. The short catch of the breath in the agonies of death.