hiccup

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v hiccup breathe spasmodically, and make a sound "When you have to hiccup, drink a glass of cold water"
    • n hiccup (usually plural) the state of having reflex spasms of the diaphragm accompanied by a rapid closure of the glottis producing an audible sound; sometimes a symptom of indigestion "how do you cure the hiccups?"
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The longest hiccups on record was by an American pig farmer whose hiccups persisted from 1922 to 1987
    • n hiccup A quick, involuntary, inspiratory movement of the diaphragm brought suddenly to a stop by an involuntary closing of the glottis; the affection of having such spasms: in the latter sense generally in the plural: as, to have the hiccups.
    • hiccup To be affected with the hiccups; make the sound of a hiccup.
    • hiccup To say, pronounce, or call out with an utterance interrupted by hiccups, as one who is intoxicated.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Another word for hiccups is "singultus."
    • n Hiccup hik′up the involuntary contraction of the diaphragm, while the glottis is spasmodically closed: the sound caused by this—also, but erroneously, Hic′cough
    • v.i Hiccup to be affected with hiccup
    • v.t Hiccup to say with a hiccup:—pr.p. hicc′upping; pa.p. hicc′upped
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Usage

In literature:

Gusterson sucked in such a big gasp that he hiccuped.
"The Creature from Cleveland Depths" by Fritz Reuter Leiber
What is the cause of hiccup?
"Fragments of science, V. 1-2" by John Tyndall
Huge, strangling hiccups came out of his throat.
"The Planet Strappers" by Raymond Zinke Gallun
The latter returned it with a military salute and a suppressed hiccup.
"Miss Mapp" by Edward Frederic Benson
Devil take these hiccups!
"Mr. Wicker's Window" by Carley Dawson
Patient faint; pain slight; pulse 102, and irregular; some hiccup.
"North American Medical and Surgical Journal, Vol. 2, No. 3, July, 1826" by Various
Not even a hiccup rewarded Moglaut's most active efforts on Lonnie's wave length.
"Zero Data" by Charles Saphro
Her face was bowed forward and covered with her hands, and she was shaken at intervals by the convulsive hiccup of grief.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 4 (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson
The Hiccup seldom appeared in this Fever till the Patient was reduced very low, and was commonly the Forerunner of Death.
"An Account of the Diseases which were most frequent in the British military hospitals in Germany" by Donald Monro
The Confederacy raised himself up on an elbow and hiccup'd gloomily.
"The Orpheus C. Kerr Papers. Series 3" by Robert H. Newell
This and the nine following are said to be certain cures for the hiccup if repeated in one breath.
"The Nursery Rhymes of England" by Various
Her face was bowed forward and covered with her hands, and she was shaken at intervals by the convulsive hiccup of grief.
"International Short Stories" by Various
At last the Pope says to his Riv'rence, "I dunna what gev me this plaguy hiccup," says he.
"Tales from "Blackwood," Volume 3" by Various
Then Rom suddenly, horribly, uncontrollably, was seized with hiccups.
"Marriage" by H. G. Wells
Mebbe he's got the hiccups.
"The Way of the Strong" by Ridgwell Cullum
Cocks crowing and the long, howling, hiccuping, melancholy bray of an ass.
"Sea and Sardinia" by D. H. Lawrence
He could eat up two men like that without so much as a hiccup!
"The Legend of the Glorious Adventures of Tyl Ulenspiegel in the land of Flanders and elsewhere" by Charles de Coster
They neither called each other by familiar names, nor sang, nor shouted, nor huzzaed, nor laughed, till they hiccupped.
"Wise Saws and Modern Instances, Volume II (of 2)" by Thomas Cooper
She had meant to be such a good queen, she thought with a little choking hiccup.
"The Amazing Inheritance" by Frances R. Sterrett
One of them happened to be Lord Cookham, and it seemed likely that Dodo would hiccup next.
"Dodo Wonders" by E. F. Benson
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In news:

Here are five noteworthy hiccups in the 'special relationship' since Israel's founding in 1948.
Drew Pomeranz's first hiccup this spring had nothing to do with his arm.
Tormented first by hiccups, now by media.
The mother of teenage "Hiccup Girl" Jennifer Mee has told RadarOnline.com that her daughter's Tourette 's syndrome played a role in her involvement with a horrific murder case.
We all have our own remedies for getting rid of the hiccups, b ut what happens when none of them work.
Wisconsin the beneficiary of program hiccups, likely to win second Big Ten Leaders title in row.
Thank you for joining our conversation on Hiccups.
Voting hiccups can't quiet Election Day excitement .
As you dip and bite and swoon, South Fork 's early hiccups become a distant memory — a memory that I hope continues to fade.
Lessons from GSA 's Lotus Notes hiccup.
You've Never Had the Hiccups as Bad as This Guy .
Drinking water, eating sugar or having a friend scare you are a few of the hundreds of purported hiccup remedies.
You've Never Had the Hiccups as Bad as This Guy.
I once had the hiccups for three days straight.
Exhibit organizers describe the 18th Amendment, which essentially banned alcohol from 1920 to 1933, as the country's "most colorful and complex constitutional hiccup".
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In science:

The velocity is very flat in the hydrostatic atmosphere, with the exception of a ‘hiccup’ at the composition interface of the Kepler model.
Mapping Initial Hydrostatic Models in Godunov Codes
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