Pronunciation: (gasp, gäsp), [key]
1. a sudden, short intake of breath, as in shock or surprise.
2. a convulsive effort to breathe.
3. a short, convulsive utterance: the words came out in gasps.
4. last gasp, the point of death; dying: At his last gasp he confessed to the murder.
1. to catch one's breath.
2. to struggle for breath with the mouth open; breathe convulsively.
3. to long with breathless eagerness; desire; crave (usually fol. by for or after).
1. to utter with gasps (often fol. by out, forth, away, etc.): She gasped out the words.
2. to breathe or emit with gasps (often fol. by away).
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.