• WordNet 3.6
    • n aspiration the act of inhaling; the drawing in of air (or other gases) as in breathing
    • n aspiration a will to succeed
    • n aspiration a manner of articulation involving an audible release of breath
    • n aspiration a cherished desire "his ambition is to own his own business"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Aspiration The act of aspirating; the pronunciation of a letter with a full or strong emission of breath; an aspirated sound. "If aspiration be defined to be an impetus of breathing."
    • Aspiration The act of aspiring of a ardently desiring; strong wish; high desire. "Aspirations after virtue.""Vague aspiration after military renown."
    • Aspiration The act of breathing; a breath; an inspiration.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n aspiration The act of aspirating or breathing; a breath.
    • n aspiration An aspirated sound; a phonetic breathing.
    • n aspiration The act of aspiring or ardently desiring; an ardent wish or desire, chiefly after what is elevated or spiritual.
    • n aspiration Aid; inspiration; countenance.
    • n aspiration The act of removing a fluid, as pus or serum, from some cavity of the body, by means of a hollow needle or trocar connected with a suction-syringe.
    • n aspiration Suction; the act or process of drawing air through (by some method of exhaustion), as opposed to the act or process of forcing it through—that is, to a blast.
    • n aspiration Synonyms Longing, yearning.
    • n aspiration The staccato mark (which see, under staccato).
    • n aspiration The drawing forward, in flight, against the direction of motion of a wind-current. See the extract.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Aspiration pronunciation of a letter with a full breathing: an aspirated sound (like Gr. ch, th, &c.): drawing air in
    • n Aspiration eager desire
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  • Laurens Van du Post
    Laurens Van du Post
    “The depth of darkness to which you can descend and still live is an exact measure of the height to which you can aspire to reach.”
  • Robert Browning
    “What I aspired to be and was not, comforts me.”
  • Marcus T. Cicero
    “When you are aspiring to the highest place, it is honorable to reach the second or even the third rank.”
  • Joseph Conrad
    “Any work that aspires, however humbly, to the condition of art should carry its justification in every line.”
  • James Allen
    “To desire is to obtain; to aspire is to achieve.”
  • Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
    “While man's desires and aspirations stir he cannot choose but err.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. aspiratio, fr. aspirare,: cf. F. aspiration,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.—L. aspirāre, -ātumad, to, spirāre, to breathe.


In literature:

This single fact sufficiently proves that the Italians had never seized the true idea of Gothic or aspiring architecture.
"Sketches and Studies in Italy and Greece, Vol III." by John Symonds
This single fact sufficiently proves that the Italians had never seized the true idea of Gothic or aspiring architecture.
"Sketches and Studies in Italy and Greece, Complete" by John Symonds
Why, that you aspired to nothing?
"The Vicomte de Bragelonne" by Alexandre Dumas
At another time he may brood over his hopes and aspirations; but he has no hope of solace.
"Japanese Literature" by Various
They have the same sort of instincts and the same underlying aspiration to get the most and the best out of life.
"Heart and Soul" by Victor Mapes (AKA Maveric Post)
The aspirator meant life to him now, he suddenly realized.
"Badge of Infamy" by Lester del Rey
His work appeared the climax toward which music had aspired through centuries, and from which it must of necessity descend again.
"Musical Portraits" by Paul Rosenfeld
He aspired to be society itself.
"The Young Duke" by Benjamin Disraeli
Ambitious in one sense he certainly was, but it was not the mere aspiration for place or power.
"Hidden Treasures" by Harry A. Lewis
Not that the aspiration in itself is singular, for it is probably shared in by every poet in his turn.
"How to Succeed" by Orison Swett Marden

In poetry:

Regretting much thy falling short,
Dost after more aspire?
There's hope in Israel for thy sort,
Thy Husband's thy desire.
"The Believer's Jointure : Chapter II." by Ralph Erskine
Our boyhood's hopes, and boyhood's dreams,
And aspirations high,
Will doubtless never be fulfill'd,
Until the day we die.
"Memories Of Schooldays" by Thomas Frederick Young
But O, that nobler life on high,
To which my hopes aspire!
Does it not prompt the frequent sigh,
And wake the warm desire?
"A Thought on Life and Death" by Ann Steele
For, having set the town on fire,
They perish'd in the flame,
And thus to future praise aspire--
Now tell the city's name.
"Enigma XXVI." by Elizabeth Hitchener
Jesus, thy blessings are not few,
Nor is thy gospel weak;
Thy grace can melt the stubborn Jew,
And bow th' aspiring Greek.
"Hymn 34 part 2" by Isaac Watts
Right cannot fail, but must prevail,
If noble be the motive;
Heaven is nigher if we aspire
With hearts sincere and votive.
"Duty Done" by Jared Barhite

In news:

Offers aspiring artists chance to perform.
Comedy Phil Bacharach Here are a few tips for aspiring moviemakers: If you want to mock the clichés of romantic comedy, try not to fall prey to them yourself.
The City of Rawlins was recognized as Wyoming's first "aspiring tourism community".
A few months ago, Ellen Stalonas, a 24-year-old Brooklyn native, was just one of New York City's many aspiring young actors, looking for a break and working as a bartender.
Park Slope–based designer Brookelynn Starnes hasn't had the quite the same uphill struggle as most aspiring young designers.
President Barack Obama suggested that Iran may have some right to nuclear energy - provided it proves by the end of the year that its aspirations are peaceful.
Choosing between music and science as a career is an ongoing debate for young musicians and aspiring scientist/physicians.
Playboy's Decline and the Dilemma of Aspiration.
EAST PROVIDENCE — As their roster sizes have rebounded, so, too, have the aspirations of the East Providence High School cross country teams this fall.
In Depression-era Memphis, aspiring blues singer Toulou and her neighbor, a hoodoo witch known as Candy Lady, cook up a love spell to keep Toulou's man from rambling.
After competing at the national level in college, Kris has become a trainer to other aspiring equestrian competitors.
Acer's Aspire S7 is touch-enabled for Windows 8 and sports a unique metallic unibody design, similar to Apple's MacBook Air.
While I have been known to revel in lounging now and again, to hear/see a product with that name marketed as something to aspire owning is a bit much.
Although every Kurd aspires for statehood, Syria's Kurds say their goal is rather to become more autonomous.
There are many among the nameless, faceless generation who walk in a level of humility and honor that I aspire to.

In science:

Any method aspiring to introduce an arbitrary amount of clustering into a network must interpolate between two extremely different topologies.
Random Networks with Tunable Degree Distribution and Clustering
It is aspiring to offer a uniform treatment of this class of groups through a four-way categorization that uses a suitable notion of Weyl group which ultimately proves to be equivalent to all the proposed notions of Weyl groups for this class.
A Jordan decomposition for groups of finite Morley rank
Many single-cell measurement techniques e.g. micropipette aspiration , forced or flow induced stretching of an RBC with the help of optical tweezers [5–9], microrheology study using optical magnetic twisting cytometry and high-frequency electrical deformation tests etc. have been used for this purpose.
Optical tweezer for probing erythrocyte membrane deformability
Cryptography is a wide and varied field that attracts lots of young, aspiring scientists, engineers, and mathematicians.
Learning by Test-infecting Symmetric Ciphers
We, the global community of astronomy, aspire to the following guidelines for managing astronomical data, believing that they would maximise the rate and cost-effectiveness of scientific discovery.
Astronomical Data Management