Aspirates



Phonetics.

to articulate (a speech sound, especially a stop) so as to produce an audible puff of breath, as with the first t of total, the second t being unaspirated.
to articulate (the beginning of a word or syllable) with an h -sound, as in which, pronounced (hwich), or hitch as opposed to witch or itch.

Medicine/Medical.

to remove (a fluid) from a body cavity by use of an or suction syringe.
to inhale (fluid or a foreign body) into the bronchi and lungs, often after vomiting.

to draw or remove by suction.
Phonetics. a speech sound having as an obvious concomitant an audible puff of breath, as initial stop consonants or initial h -sounds.
Medicine/Medical. the substance or contents that have been aspirated.
Phonetics. (of a speech sound) pronounced with or accompanied by ; aspirated.
Historical Examples

His face was a brief record of baleful experiences, and he had the aspirates of a gentleman.
The King of Schnorrers Israel Zangwill

He explained that all aspirates are dropped in modern Greek.
The Incomparable 29th and the “River Clyde” George Davidson

The aspirates ph, ch, th were pronounced very nearly like our stressed Eng.
New Latin Grammar Charles E. Bennett

In moments of rapid action the sergeant major evidently had difficulty with his aspirates.
The Sky Pilot in No Man’s Land Ralph Connor

It would be far more correct to associate with them a third class of aspirates.
The philosophy of life, and philosophy of language, in a course of lectures Frederick von Schlegel

Perplexity of both parents here required a short explanation of middle-class jocularity turning on neglect or excess of aspirates.
A Likely Story William De Morgan

He complained of the shut mouth, the claquement des dents, and the predominance of aspirates in our pronunciation.
Visits and Sketches at Home and Abroad with Tales and Miscellanies Now First Collected Anna Jameson

In the various alphabetical systems the aspirates stand out most individually.
The philosophy of life, and philosophy of language, in a course of lectures Frederick von Schlegel

aspirates are common in German, but practically unknown in standard French.
The Sounds of Spoken English Walter Rippmann

His attempts with aspirates were a continual humiliation to himself and a joy to the whole school.
The Major Ralph Connor

verb (transitive) (ˈæspɪˌreɪt)
(phonetics)

to articulate (a stop) with some force, so that breath escapes with audible friction as the stop is released
to pronounce (a word or syllable) with an initial h

to draw in or remove by inhalation or suction, esp to suck (air or fluid) from a body cavity or to inhale (fluid) into the lungs after vomiting
to supply air to (an internal-combustion engine)
noun (ˈæspɪrɪt)
(phonetics)

a stop pronounced with an audible release of breath
the glottal fricative represented in English and several other languages as h

adjective (ˈæspɪrɪt)
(phonetics) (of a stop) pronounced with a forceful and audible expulsion of breath
n.

1725, “sound of the letter ‘H’,” especially at the beginning of a word, from Latin aspiratio “a breathing, exhalation, the pronunciation of the letter H” (see aspire).
v.

“to pronounce with audible breath,” 1700; perhaps a back-formation from aspiration (n.2), or from French aspirer (1520s), or directly from Latin aspiratus, past participle of aspirare (see aspire). Related: Aspirated; aspirating.

aspirate as·pi·rate (ās’pə-rāt’)
v. as·pi·rat·ed, as·pi·rat·ing, as·pi·rates
To take in or remove by aspiration. n. (-pər-ĭt)
A substance removed by aspiration.

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