• WordNet 3.6
    • v gasp breathe noisily, as when one is exhausted "The runners reached the finish line, panting heavily"
    • n gasp a short labored intake of breath with the mouth open "she gave a gasp and fainted"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Gasp The act of opening the mouth convulsively to catch the breath; a labored respiration; a painful catching of the breath.
    • v. t Gasp To emit or utter with gasps; -- with forth out away, etc. "And with short sobs he gasps away his breath."
    • Gasp To open the mouth wide in catching the breath, or in laborious respiration; to labor for breath; to respire convulsively; to pant violently. "She gasps and struggles hard for life."
    • Gasp To pant with eagerness; to show vehement desire. "Quenching the gasping furrows' thirst with rain."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • gasp To labor for breath with open mouth; respire convulsively; pant with great effort.
    • gasp To desire with eagerness; crave vehemently.
    • gasp To emit or utter gaspingly: with away, forth, out, etc.
    • n gasp The act of catching the breath with open mouth; labored respiration; a short, convulsive catching of the breath.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.i Gasp gasp to gape in order to catch breath: to desire eagerly
    • n Gasp the act of opening the mouth to catch the breath
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. gaspen, gaispen, to yawn, gasp, Icel. geispa, to yawn; akin to Sw. gäspa, Dan. gispe, to gasp


In literature:

Grant's breath was coming in quick, labored gasps.
"Pirates of the Gorm" by Nat Schachner
They all saw it, and a gasp burst from their lips as though at a signal.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science April 1930" by Various
They sat down on her and jounced up and down, till she gasped for breath.
"The Very Small Person" by Annie Hamilton Donnell
There came a gasp from Thomas Tyler.
"The Mind Master" by Arthur J. Burks
He reeled and gasped, and was for a minute nauseated.
"Under Arctic Ice" by H.G. Winter
Eileen Pederstone gasped, and her lips parted.
"The Spoilers of the Valley" by Robert Watson
A girl's shuddering, gasping scream.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science, March 1930" by Various
The Pennsylvania Station caused the new Superintendent of Jonathan K. McGuire to blink and gasp.
"The Vagrant Duke" by George Gibbs
This time his breath came in gasps and deep-throated gurglings.
"The Twins of Suffering Creek" by Ridgwell Cullum
He looked up when, flushed and gasping, his daughter came in with two heavy pails of water.
"The Greater Power" by Harold Bindloss

In poetry:

Stifled groans, a gasp, a shudder,
And the guilty deed was done;
On a scene of cruel murder
Coldly looked the Winter sun.
"Ballad Of Ruth Bay" by Albert Laighton
Then I saw old Mistus tremble;
She gasped and held her breath;
And she looked on Mister Thomas
With a face as pale as death.
"The Deliverance" by Frances Ellen Watkins
Then they saw where, heartward glancing,
Deep the cruel rifle smote;
While death's gurgling march advancing
Sounded up his gasping throat.
"Leawood Hall" by Ernest Jones
"Open!" a cry sounds, and I gasp.
"Open!" and hands beat door and wall.
"Open!" and each dark echo mutters.
I rise, a shape and shadow tall.
"The Call" by John Freeman
They do not see how cruel Death
Comes on, their loving hearts to part:
One feels not now the gasping breath,
The rending of the earth-bound heart,—
"Views Of Life" by Anne Bronte
So, gasping with joy, with cries of wonderment
Like two gods of mud
Sprawling in the dirt, but with infinite care
They bring each other to perfection.
"Bride and Groom Lie Hidden for Three Days" by Ted Hughes

In news:

Is Charlie Sheen behaving — gasp — responsibly.
The crowd gasped, dismayed when she crossed the finish line last.
Is This the Last Public Gasp .
Colonels' last- gasp rally falls short.
What Boomer Women Can Learn About Aging From ( Gasp ) Older Women.
Mormon moment' or a last gasp coalition.
Last- gasp goal earns US draw in Russia.
Barbara Boxer inserts foot in gasp .
Apparently That's Super Secret Code For ( Gasp .
Debate plant Raddatz once partied with ( gasp .
Crosby's last- gasp FG try is biggest miss in a long time.
STATE/JUNIOR COLLEGES Last- gasp TD lifts Friends to victory.
Insider attacks insurgents' 'last gasp .
'Snow White's' Kristen Stewart says interviews are ( gasp .
Another Young Jazz Artist Who Also Cares About Pop Music Today ( Gasp .).

In science:

The primary fitting routine in this package follows the same techniques (in fact, uses much of the identical FORTRAN code from the original GASP package of Cawson) with some notable additions.
ARCHANGEL Galaxy Photometry System
These started with GASP (Morse & Gaidos, 1990), a gamma-ray telescope at the South Pole, developed through the SPASE cosmic ray air shower array (Smith et al. 1989) and then led to the AMANDA neutrino detector (Andr ´es et al. 2000).
Astronomy in Antarctica
The GASP gamma ray telescope at the South Pole sought to find co smic sources of gamma rays via the Cherenkov light produced by cosmic rays accelerated by the interaction of gamma rays with nuclei in the atmosphere (Morse & Gaidos, 1990).
Astronomy in Antarctica
The GASP telescope (Gamma Astronomy at the South Pole; Morse & Gaidos 1989) was installed at the Pole from 1994-97 by the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
The History of Astrophysics in Antarctica
They are common enough that the “last gasp” picture won’t do.
Astrophysics in 2005