• WordNet 3.6
    • n inspiration the act of inhaling; the drawing in of air (or other gases) as in breathing
    • n inspiration arousing to a particular emotion or action
    • n inspiration a product of your creative thinking and work "he had little respect for the inspirations of other artists","after years of work his brainchild was a tangible reality"
    • n inspiration (theology) a special influence of a divinity on the minds of human beings "they believe that the books of Scripture were written under divine guidance"
    • n inspiration a sudden intuition as part of solving a problem
    • n inspiration arousal of the mind to special unusual activity or creativity
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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."
    • Inspiration (Theol) A supernatural divine influence on the prophets, apostles, or sacred writers, by which they were qualified to communicate moral or religious truth with authority; a supernatural influence which qualifies men to receive and communicate divine truth; also, the truth communicated. "All Scripture is given by inspiration of God.""The age which we now live in is not an age of inspiration and impulses."
    • Inspiration The act of inspiring or breathing in; breath; specif. Physiol, the drawing of air into the lungs, accomplished in mammals by elevation of the chest walls and flattening of the diaphragm; -- the opposite of expiration.
    • Inspiration The act or power of exercising an elevating or stimulating influence upon the intellect or emotions; the result of such influence which quickens or stimulates; as, the inspiration of occasion, of art, etc. "Your father was ever virtuous, and holy men at their death have good inspirations ."
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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.
    • n inspiration The act of inspiring or breathing in; a drawing into the lungs, as of air; inhalation; the first movement in the act of respiration, followed by expiration.
    • n inspiration A breathing or infusion into the mind or soul; an awakening or creation of thought, purpose, or any mental condition, by some specific external influence; intellectual exaltation; an inexplicable cognition, as the knowledge of an axiom, according to a priori philosophers.
    • n inspiration In theology, an influence directly and immediately exerted by the Spirit of God upon the soul of man: in Christian theology, used especially with reference to the Old and New Testaments, regarded as written under the direct influence of God exercised upon the thoughts and feelings of the writers. ; This doctrine of the inspiration of the Scriptures has been maintained in various forms, and with various definitions of the nature and extent of the divine influence, the principal being the following: verbal inspiration, the immediate communication or dictation to the writers of every word written;
    • n inspiration The state or condition of being inspired; determination or purpose excited by a specific external influence; communicated bent of mind.
    • n inspiration That which is impressed by an inspiring influence; a thought or an emotion borne in upon one by an occult prompting or impulse.
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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.
    • n Inspiration the act of inspiring or breathing into: a breath: the divine influence by which the sacred writers of the Bible were instructed: superior elevating or exciting influence
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  • Thomas A. Edison
    “Genius is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration.”
  • Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
    “The hero draws inspiration from the virtue of his ancestors.”
  • Robert Bresson
    Robert Bresson
    “When you do not know what you are doing and what you are doing is the best -- that is inspiration.”
  • Aaron Copland
    Aaron Copland
    “Inspiration may be a form of super-consciousness, or perhaps of subconsciousness -- I wouldn't know. But I am sure it is the antithesis of self-consciousness.”
  • Eileen Caddy
    “Cease trying to work everything out with your minds. It will get you nowhere. Live by intuition and inspiration and let your whole life be Revelation.”
  • Niccolo Machiavelli
    “Men shrink less from offending one who inspires love than one who inspires fear.”


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


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. inspiration, L. inspiratio,. See Inspire
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. inspirārein, into, spirāre, to breathe.


In literature:

She had read of the jealous absorption of art, of the intense exclusive love with which it inspired its votaries.
"The Californians" by Gertrude Franklin Horn Atherton
Every good principle, and every great and noble power, have been made the subjects of the inspired verse, and the songs of poets.
"Masterpieces of Negro Eloquence" by Various
He can sit back passively and draw inspiration from the service.
"The Menorah Journal, Volume 1, 1915" by Various
He had the ability to inspire zeal and loyalty.
"Joan of Arc of the North Woods" by Holman Day
Rousseau was to many as an inspired prophet.
"Mary Wollstonecraft" by Elizabeth Robins Pennell
There should be an upland district, where springs are born, and where rivers of inspiration have their birth.
"My Daily Meditation for the Circling Year" by John Henry Jowett
For the inspiration of Julyman had stirred his own inspiration beyond all reason.
"The Heart of Unaga" by Ridgwell Cullum
Hayne's work is even less important, for he did not, like Timrod and Lanier, touch an occasional height of inspired utterance.
"American Men of Mind" by Burton E. Stevenson
Then a Creole, with a pale yellow skin, was also inspired by curiosity and peered out.
"Jack" by Alphonse Daudet
And inspiration came with the soup and some excellent sherry.
"Black Oxen" by Gertrude Franklin Horn Atherton

In poetry:

Love had inspir'd his tender frame,
His years but two above eleven,
The sister of his friend his flame!
A lovely little light of Heaven!
"The Stag" by William Hayley
O death! thou awe-inspiring prince
That keepst the world in fear,
Why dost thou tear more blest ones hence,
And leave him lingering here?
"But Here's An Object More Of Dread" by Abraham Lincoln
Through thee came also inspiration
For many a rare, poetic thought;
And oh, how much of resignation
Thy sweet, unchanging smile hath taught!
"Leo" by John Lawson Stoddard
In vain th' unlighted pipe you blow;
Your pains in outward means are so,
Till heav'nly fire
Your heart inspire.
Thus think, and smoke tobacco.
"Meditations on Smoking Tobacco; or, Smoking Spiritualized" by Ralph Erskine
"You are inspired, Zobedia, your eyes
Look not upon the present summer world,
But see some mystery beyond the close
Of this pale blue horizon."
"From An Unpublished Poem" by Frances Fuller Victor
V. 'Tis said oppression taught the lay
To him—(of all the "sons of song"
That bask'd in Erin's brighter day)
The last of the inspir'd throng;
"The Irish Harp" by Sydney Owenson

In news:

Awe-inspiring experiences make you feel that time is more plentiful.
Mayor hints that ' awe-inspiring ' project on way for Las Vegas' Symphony Park.
Looking Into Hawaii's Most Awe-Inspiring Volcano.
Mike Marchant's new EP inspired by bummer summer, new Widowers record in the works.
Cecile de Brunhoff, the inspiration for Babar , the enchanting little elephant whose adventures captivated generations of children, has died in Paris.
The escape inspired several Facebook and Twitter pages (@JerseyBaboon) with hundreds of followers comically chronicling the baboon 's whereabouts.
Dara Gentry Stephens, Class of 1990, will deliver the inspirational message.
If ever there was a band to inspire a revolution, the Backstreet Boys are not it.
Even in a city obsessed with stunt dishes, the kumpir is an awe-inspiring thing.
Outside of Philadelphia, America's first botanical garden once supplied seeds to Founding Fathers and continues to inspire plant-lovers today.
Basset hound inspired children's books.
The veteran composer discusses his creepy score for the hit thriller "Sinister," why he keeps returning to the horror genre and how he finds inspiration in Jack o'lanterns.
Bataan suvivor inspires spirit kike, war, bataan , logan, clovis, prisoner, day, heroes, great, every.
Our very own Delilah has released a new book filled with her favorite inspiration stories called 'Arms Full Of Love': Inspiring True Stories That Celebrate the Gift of Family.
Inspired by a visit from Barack Obama during the 2008 campaign, Sheldon Smith created an organization where men inspire each other to build stronger families.

In science:

This question has to be left for further study and inspiration.
Chern-Simons Term for BF Theory and Gravity as a Generalized Topological Field Theory in Four Dimensions
Zim´anyi for inspiring discussions during the initial phase of this work, and to Y.
Simple solutions of relativistic hydrodynamics for cylindrically symmetric systems
In the initial design of a basically many-sorted type system we also received inspiration from the ELAN speci fication language.
Typed Generic Traversal With Term Rewriting Strategies
We begin our efforts to re-formulate our variational principle for H1 by taking inspiration from Thorne’s generalized solution of the linearized Einstein equations .
Variational Principles in General Relativity
Tidal interactions of inspiraling compact binaries.
Variational Principles in General Relativity