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Definition 1: the act of inhaling; the drawing in of air (or other gases) as in breathing - [noun denoting act]

Synonyms for inspiration in the sense of this definition

(inspiration is a kind of ...) the process of taking in and expelling air during breathing

"he took a deep breath and dived into the pool" "he was fighting to his last breath"

(... is a kind of inspiration ) a short labored intake of breath with the mouth open

"she gave a gasp and fainted"

(... is a kind of inspiration ) a slow inhalation (as of tobacco smoke)

"he took a puff on his pipe" "he took a drag on his cigarette and expelled the smoke slowly"

(... is part of inspiration) the bodily process of inhalation and exhalation; the process of taking in oxygen from inhaled air and releasing carbon dioxide by exhalation

Definition 2: arousing to a particular emotion or action - [noun denoting act]

Synonyms for inspiration in the sense of this definition

(inspiration is a kind of ...) the act of arousing

"the purpose of art is the arousal of emotions"

Definition 3: a product of your creative thinking and work - [noun denoting artifact]

Samples where inspiration or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • he had little respect for the inspirations of other artists
  • after years of work his brainchild was a tangible reality

Synonyms for inspiration in the sense of this definition

(inspiration is a kind of ...) an artifact that has been created by someone or some process

"they improve their product every year" "they export most of their agricultural production"

Definition 4: (theology) a special influence of a divinity on the minds of human beings - [noun denoting cognition]

Samples where inspiration or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • they believe that the books of Scripture were written under divine guidance

Synonyms for inspiration in the sense of this definition

(inspiration is a kind of ...) something immaterial (as a circumstance or influence) that contributes to producing a result

(inspiration belongs to category ...) the rational and systematic study of religion and its influences and of the nature of religious truth

Definition 5: a sudden intuition as part of solving a problem - [noun denoting cognition]

(inspiration is a kind of ...) instinctive knowing (without the use of rational processes)

(... is part of inspiration) the thought processes involved in solving a problem

Definition 6: arousal of the mind to special unusual activity or creativity - [noun denoting cognition]

(inspiration is a kind of ...) the content of cognition; the main thing you are thinking about

"it was not a good idea" "the thought never entered my mind"

(... is a kind of inspiration ) anything that provides inspiration for later work

(... is a kind of inspiration ) a condition that is the inspiration for an activity or situation

"necessity is the mother of invention"

(... is a kind of inspiration ) a strong creative impulse; divine inspiration

"divine afflatus"

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