• WordNet 3.6
    • v inspire draw in (air) "Inhale deeply","inhale the fresh mountain air","The patient has trouble inspiring","The lung cancer patient cannot inspire air very well"
    • v inspire fill with revolutionary ideas
    • v inspire serve as the inciting cause of "She prompted me to call my relatives"
    • v inspire spur on or encourage especially by cheers and shouts "The crowd cheered the demonstrating strikers"
    • v inspire supply the inspiration for "The article about the artist inspired the exhibition of his recent work"
    • v inspire heighten or intensify "These paintings exalt the imagination"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The name for Ivory Soap was inspired by a verse from the Bible. Harley Proctor got though of the name when the minister read from Psalms 45:8, "All thy garments smell of myrrh and aloes and cassia, out of the ivory palaces whereby they have made thee glad."
    • Inspire To breathe into; to fill with the breath; to animate. "When Zephirus eek, with his sweete breath, Inspirèd hath in every holt and heath
      The tender crops."
      "Descend, ye Nine, descend and sing,
      The breathing instruments inspire ."
    • Inspire To breathe; to blow gently. "And when the wind amongst them did inspire ,
      They wavèd like a penon wide dispread."
    • Inspire To draw in breath; to inhale air into the lungs; -- opposed to expire.
    • Inspire To draw in by the operation of breathing; to inhale; -- opposed to expire. "Forced to inspire and expire the air with difficulty."
    • Inspire To infuse by breathing, or as if by breathing. "He knew not his Maker, and him that inspired into him an active soul."
    • Inspire To infuse into the mind; to communicate to the spirit; to convey, as by a divine or supernatural influence; to disclose preternaturally; to produce in, as by inspiration. "And generous stout courage did inspire .""But dawning day new comfort hath inspired ."
    • Inspire To infuse into; to affect, as with a superior or supernatural influence; to fill with what animates, enlivens, or exalts; to communicate inspiration to; as, to inspire a child with sentiments of virtue; to inspire a person to do extraordinary feats. "Erato, thy poet's mind inspire ,
      And fill his soul with thy celestial fire."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The book The Doors of Perception, by Aldous Huxley, was the inspiration behind Jim Morrison naming his band The Doors. The book extolls the use of hallucinogenic drugs.
    • inspire To breathe in; draw into the lungs; inhale: as, to inspire pure air: opposed to expire.
    • inspire To breathe into; infuse by or as if by breathing.
    • inspire Hence To actuate or influence; animate; affect, rouse, or control by an infused, animating, or exalting influence.
    • inspire Specifically To guide or control by divine influence; instruct or infuse with spiritual or divine knowledge.
    • inspire To inhale air; draw air into the lungs: opposed to expire.
    • inspire To blow; blow in.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: While seeking a name and package design for the world's first self-rising pancake mix, creator Chris L. Rutt saw a vaudeville team known as Baker and Farrell whose act included Baker singing the catchy song "Aunt Jemima" dressed as a Southern mammy. Inspired by the wholesome name and image, Rutt appropriated them both to market his new pancake mix.
    • v.t Inspire in-spīr′ to breathe into: to draw or inhale into the lungs: to infuse by breathing, or as if by breathing: to infuse into the mind: to instruct by divine influence: to instruct or affect with a superior influence
    • v.i Inspire to draw in the breath
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  • Frank Tibolt
    Frank Tibolt
    “We should be taught not to wait for inspiration to start a thing. Action always generates inspiration. Inspiration seldom generates action.”
  • Aristotle
    “The two qualities which chiefly inspire regard and affection [Are] that a thing is your own and that it is your only one.”
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
    “Criticism should not be querulous and wasting, all knife and root-puller, but guiding, instructive, inspiring.”
  • Benjamin Disraeli
    “Desperation is sometimes as powerful an inspirer as genius.”
  • Christian Nevell Bovee
    “Enthusiasm is the inspiration of everything great. Without it no man is to be feared, and with it none despised.”
  • Ella Fitzgerald
    Ella Fitzgerald
    “Just don't give up trying to do what you really want to do. Where there is love and inspiration, I don't think you can go wrong.”


Awe inspiring - Something or someone that is awe inspiring amazes people in a slightly frightening but positive way.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. enspiren, OF. enspirer, inspirer, F. inspirer, fr. L. inspirare,; pref. in-, in + spirare, to breathe. See Spirit


In literature:

I felt the inspiration of giving warning, and I did.
"T. De Witt Talmage" by T. De Witt Talmage
As they moved off, she had an inspiration.
"Far to Seek" by Maud Diver
They shall be inspired machines.
"Crowds" by Gerald Stanley Lee
The notions of revelation and inspiration were identical.
"Edward Caldwell Moore" by Edward Moore
God inspired the writers of his Word, but he also inspires other writers, whose works are not included in the canon.
"How to Teach Religion" by George Herbert Betts
The inspired Scriptures say it was written here in Exodus xvii.
"The Testimony of the Bible Concerning the Assumptions of Destructive Criticism" by S. E. Wishard
She has forgotten she was ever young or inspired with the feelings and hopes of youth.
"The Memories of Fifty Years" by William H. Sparks
Puerile as the libretto is, it inspired Weber with some of the finest music he ever wrote.
"The Opera" by R.A. Streatfeild
It is the response of man's nature to his highest inspirations.
"Some Christian Convictions" by Henry Sloane Coffin
The poet, diffident of his own inspiration, sought inspiration from books.
"Renaissance in Italy, Volumes 1 and 2" by John Addington Symonds

In poetry:

Whene'er he preaches the inspired word,
See, that thou turnest not thy head away :
The Gospel is the power of the Lord,
Which leads us safe along salvation's way.
"Things, Which A Person Ought To Meditate Upon, On The Lord's-Day," by Rees Prichard
Britannia! thy Muse, on a rock high and steep,
The fate of the fight shall proclaim;
The strings of her lyre Inspiration shall sweep,
Recording each hero by name.
"The Fury Of Discord" by Sir John Carr
Body, on whom the claims
of spirit fall to inspire
and terrify, there flames
at your least breath a fire
of anguish, not for this pain,
but that scars will remain.
"The Wound " by Gwen Harwood
Thou—devotion's soul! inspire,
Hallowed thought and pure desire!
Of this mortal clod
Build an altar—rear a dome—
And a temple, and a home,
For the living God!
"Worship" by John Bowring
O! thou, most delicate, and most refin'd,
'Tis sacrilege to say I fear to love
A being, gifted thus with charms of mind,
So form'd that passion to inspire and prove.
"The Confession" by Charlotte Dacre
O, come again! Your words inspire me yet,
While your soft gaze upon me gently lies,
That 'neath its ray new life in shall rise,
And you new songs upon my lyre beget.
"Sonnet 3" by Mihai Eminescu

In news:

Morales's rise inspires Andean groups.
I'm getting some serious costume inspiration from Nicki Minaj and Cassie's new video for "The Boys".
Album title acronym was inspired by smoking a bad blunt.
How Uwem Akpan Inspired Angelique Kidjo.
Marc Inspires Himself, Donna on Draping, Plus More.
He follows what inspires him, which in this case is stop-motion animation and music, teaching himself what he needs to get there and along the way producing great work that inspires others.
Flava Flav Takes Over Airplane Loudspeaker, Plugs His Restaurant, Inspires Applause and Chanting.
One of my favorite places to turn for food inspiration is a little "free-of-charge" magazine put out quarterly by Zupan's Markets here in Portland, called Indulge.
Darden Helped Inspire the Stained Apron .
LOS ANGELES — Arclight Productions recently created an original documentary short that was inspired by the Annenberg Space for Photography's "Who Shot Rock & Roll" exhibit.
This sushi recipe, a version of a hand roll inspired by chef Bun Lai's creative sushi recipes, uses blanched Swiss chard instead of the traditional nori as the wrapper for the sushi roll.
Inspired by the Great Depression, "Black Tuesday" recalls an era when Hollywood movies and popular music offered a glamorous antidote to the hard times facing America.
Bing Crosby 's 'White Christmas' inspired WWII generation.
Anderson plays a Talking Stick, her newly developed electronic instrument, in her "Moby-Dick"-inspired production.
I was inspired to write this blog after reading a great article in this morning's Buffalo News.

In science:

Shengda Hu wrote a related paper [Hu05], which was partially inspired by an early version of our paper [LT05] which we gave him in early June.
Reduction of twisted generalized K\"ahler structure
Blanchet, L., 2002, Gravitational Radiation from Post-Newtonian Sources and Inspiral ling Compact Binaries, Living Rev.
General Relativistic Theory of Light Propagation in the Field of Radiative Gravitational Multipoles
Manjunath Krishnapur kindly provided us with inspiring computer generated pictures of this transportation (including the one put in the introduction).
Transportation to random zeroes by the gradient flow
In the second section, inspired from the results of , a generalization of the fermionic deformations is proposed.
On the Construction of Generalized Grassmann Coherent States
In order to do this one should be inspired by the (usual) fermionic case where the Grassmann variables not only anticommute with each other but anticommute also with the fermionic creation and annihilation operators.
On the Construction of Generalized Grassmann Coherent States