Gasp Gasp (g[.a]sp), v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Gasped} (g[.a]spt); p. pr. & vb. n. {Gasping}.] [OE. gaspen, gaispen, to yawn, gasp, Icel. geispa to yawn; akin to Sw. g["a]spa, Dan. gispe to gasp.] 1. To open the mouth wide in catching the breath, or in laborious respiration; to labor for breath; to respire convulsively; to pant violently. [1913 Webster]

She gasps and struggles hard for life. --Lloyd. [1913 Webster]

2. To pant with eagerness; to show vehement desire. [1913 Webster]

Quenching the gasping furrows' thirst with rain. --Spenser. [1913 Webster]

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