• WordNet 3.6
    • adj stertorous of breathing having a heavy snoring sound
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Stertorous Characterized by a deep snoring, which accompanies inspiration in some diseases, especially apoplexy; hence, hoarsely breathing; snoring. "Burning, stertorous breath that hurt her cheek.""The day has ebbed away, and it is night in his room, before his stertorous breathing lulls."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • stertorous Characterized by a deep snoring sound, such as characterizes the laborious breathing which frequently accompanies certain diseases, as apoplexy.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Stertorous stėr′tō-rus snoring
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. stertere, to snore: cf. F. stertoreux,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. stertĕre, to snore.


In literature:

His eyes were closed and his breathing was stertorous.
"From the Housetops" by George Barr McCutcheon
The symptoms of this condition are stupor, loss of consciousness, and stertorous breathing.
"Aids to Forensic Medicine and Toxicology" by W. G. Aitchison Robertson
He began to breathe stertorously and convulsively, inhalation being accompanied by a significant gurgle in the throat.
"The Devil Doctor" by Sax Rohmer
The Major did not turn round, but continued to stare at me, breathing stertorously like a person with apoplexy.
"The Triumphs of Eugène Valmont" by Robert Barr
The wounded man, breathing stertorously, still cumbered the upper steps.
"The Long Night" by Stanley Weyman
Even as he ran toward the mass, Elliot noticed that the only sounds were grunts, stertorous breathings, and the scraping of feet.
"The Yukon Trail" by William MacLeod Raine
His breathing became laboured and stertorous, his skin hot, and his eyes dilated.
"The Eternal City" by Hall Caine
The only sound was the stertorous breathing of the unconscious guard.
"Gold in the Sky" by Alan Edward Nourse
Taurus Antinor's breath came in short, stertorous gasps, his throat was parched and his tongue clove to the roof of his mouth.
""Unto Caesar"" by Baroness Emmuska Orczy
His breath came thick and stertorous.
"Two on the Trail" by Hulbert Footner