One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1often as adjective aspiratedPhonetics
Pronounce (a sound) with an exhalation of breath.‘the aspirated allophone of p occurs in “pie.”’
- ‘Mandarin Chinese has just two series of stops and affricates, one aspirated, the other unaspirated.’
- ‘If there is a substantial lag between the release of the closure of a stop or the end of the frication of an affricate, and the onset of voicing in the vowel, it is said to be aspirated.’
- ‘‘I've said it once and I'll say it again,’ one of them aspirates huffily.’
- 1.1no object Pronounce the sound of h at the beginning of a word.
Breathe (something) in; inhale.‘some drowning victims don't aspirate any water’
- ‘In addition, there was a possibility that Sarah had aspirated vomit.’
- ‘Blood should be cultured from all patients who have aspirated water.’
- ‘By this time he had started to cough and was aspirating fluids.’
- ‘Many foods can be dangerous for small children since they can aspirate the items, which will result in blockage of the breathing passages.’
- ‘He aspirated some water and another coughing spasm started.’
- 2.1 Draw (fluid) by suction from a vessel or cavity.
- ‘Fresh blood was aspirated from the nasogastric tube.’
- ‘At autopsy, all remaining pleural fluid was aspirated from the right pleural space.’
- ‘Fluid is easily aspirated when the needle is properly positioned.’
- ‘The fluid was aspirated by immediate gentle hand suction applied to the instilling syringe after each instillation.’
- ‘A volume of 60 ml of blood was aspirated from his knee.’
3usually as adjective aspiratedProvide (an internal combustion engine) with air.‘the superchargers produce twice the power of standard aspirated engines’See also normally aspirated
- ‘The block is stout, has cast-in iron liners, and has been designed to support the naturally aspirated, turbo-charged, and supercharged performance variants that inevitably will supplement the base engines.’
- ‘Versions of the engine will be both naturally aspirated and turbocharged and applications will include front-, rear- and all-wheel-drive, as well as hybrid vehicles.’
- ‘In addition, this engine allows longer service intervals over the naturally aspirated version.’
- ‘The new generation produces about the same horsepower, naturally aspirated, as the old turbocharged engine.’
- ‘The use of a homogenous intake charge lessens the chance of detonation, making it possible to run higher compression ratios on both naturally aspirated and turbocharged engines.’
An aspirated consonant.
- ‘They can't seem to handle hard aspirates at all, and sibilants are difficult for them.’
- ‘In fact, air flow continues at a very high rate for a very long time in these sounds relative to aspirates.’
- 1.1 The sound h or a character used to represent this sound.
- ‘She fires off the cleanest and most articulated runs without a trace of strain or unwanted aspirates.’
- ‘Conversely, there is often an intrusive aspirate between vowels, as in ‘cre-haytion’ for creation and ‘hi-haytus’ for hiatus.’
- ‘And the Sindhu of Sanskrit became Hindhu or Hindu in Persian, following the practice of changing ‘S’ into an aspirate in Persian.’
- ‘He was a ‘sobber,’ and many of his phrases are broken or studded with unnecessary (but very emotional!) aspirates.’
Matter that has been drawn from the body by aspiration.‘gastric aspirate’‘esophageal aspirates’
- ‘Iron staining of the bone marrow aspirate revealed increased storage iron.’
- ‘Bronchial aspirate were obtained by aseptic technique using a sterile suction catheter each time.’
- ‘Likewise, observing the appearance of feeding tube aspirate is also unreliable because gastric contents can look similar to respiratory secretions.’
- ‘In four of nine cases, the same pathogen was diagnosed both in serum and in the nasopharyngeal aspirate.’
- ‘To confirm a suspected second relapse, a bone marrow aspirate and core biopsy were performed.’
(of a sound) pronounced with an exhalation of breath; aspirated.
- ‘So let's practice distinguishing ejective from aspirated stops, okay class?’
- ‘In speech, hard ‘r’ frequently gets nasalized, in the same way as ‘k’ becomes aspirated in the American throat.’
- ‘Alongside the general schema for a syllable-onset consonant, however, there exist more specific schemas concerning individual sounds (such as p), classes of sounds (the aspirated stops), and so on.’
- ‘For example, the aspirated series of stops and affricates are written by adding a horizontal stroke to the letters for the plain series.’
- ‘For instance, aspirated consonants are written with a small superscript h after the symbol for the corresponding unaspirated consonant.’
Mid 16th century (as an adjective): from Latin aspiratus ‘breathed’, past participle of aspirare (see aspire).
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