Webster 1913 Edition
imp. & p. p.
p. pr. & vb. n.
gaispen, to yawn, gasp, Icel.
geispato yawn; akin to Sw.
To open the mouth wide in catching the breath, or in laborious respiration; to labor for breath; to respire convulsively; to pant violently.
gaspsand struggles hard for life.
To pant with eagerness; to show vehement desire.
gaspingfurrows’ thirst with rain.
To emit or utter with gasps; – with forth, out, away, etc.
And with short sobs he
gaspsaway his breath.
The act of opening the mouth convulsively to catch the breath; a labored respiration; a painful catching of the breath.
At the last gasp,
at the point of death.
Webster 1828 Edition
1.To open the mouth wide in catching the breath or in laborious respiration; particularly in dying.
2.To long for. [Not in use.]
And with short sobs he gasps away his breath.
1.The short catch of the breath in the agonies of death.