Rale vs Gasp - What's the difference?

rale | gasp |

As nouns the difference between rale and gasp

is that rale is rabble, riff-raff while gasp is sigh, yawn; the act of sighing.





(en noun)
  • (medicine, now chiefly in plural) An abnormal clicking, rattling or crackling sound, made by one or both lungs and heard with a stethoscope, caused by the popping open of airways collapsed by fluid or exudate, or sometimes by pulmonary edema.
  • * 1840 , CM Billard, A Treatise on the Diseases of Infants , page 416:
  • Michael Colot, aged fifteen days, of a strong constitution, not having been sick from the time of birth, was, on the 22nd of November, taken with a violent cough, accompanied with a rale which could be heard without recourse to auscultation.
  • * 1861 , Austin Flint, American Medical Times , 7 Dec 1961:
  • If you were to tell a patient that he had a ‘rhonchus’ in his chest, he would imagine that it was something formidable, while, if you said that he had a ‘râle ’ he would not be alarmed.
  • * 1894 , (Arthur Conan Doyle), Round Red Lamp :
  • But after all the educated classes have a right to expect that their medical man will know the difference between a mitral murmur and a bronchitic rale .


    * crackles


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    See also

    * crackles, crepitations * bilateral; basal, basilar; bibasilar ----




    (en noun)
  • A short, sudden intake of breath.
  • The audience gave a gasp of astonishment
  • (British, slang): A draw or drag on a cigarette (or gasper).
  • I'm popping out for a gasp .


    (en verb)
  • To draw in the breath suddenly, as if from a shock.
  • The audience gasped as the magician disappeared.
  • To breathe laboriously or convulsively.
  • We were all gasping when we reached the summit.
  • * Lloyd
  • She gasps and struggles hard for life.
  • To speak in a breathless manner.
  • The old man gasped his last few words.
  • To pant with eagerness; to show vehement desire.
  • I'm gasping for a cup of tea.
  • * Spenser
  • Quenching the gasping furrows' thirst with rain.


    (en interjection)
  • (humorous)
  • Gasp ! What will happen next?



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