Respire vs Pant - What's the difference?

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In context|obsolete|lang=en terms the difference between respire and pant

is that respire is (obsolete) rest, respite while pant is (obsolete) a violent palpitation of the heart.

As verbs the difference between respire and pant

is that respire is to breathe in and out while pant is (ambitransitive) to breathe quickly or in a labored manner, as after exertion or from eagerness or excitement; to respire with heaving of the breast; to gasp.

As nouns the difference between respire and pant

is that respire is (obsolete) rest, respite while pant is a quick breathing; a catching of the breath; a gasp or pant can be (fashion) a pair of pants (trousers or underpants) or pant can be a public drinking fountain in scotland and north-east england.

respire

English

Verb

(en-verb)
  • To breathe in and out.
  • To engage in the process of respiration.
  • To recover one's breath or breathe easily following stress.
  • * 1671 , (John Milton), (Samson Agonistes) , lines 10-11:
  • The breath of heav'n fresh-blowing, pure and sweet, / With day-spring born; here leave me to respire .
  • To inhale and exhale; to breathe.
  • Synonyms

    * (to breathe in and out) see

    Noun

    (en noun)
  • (obsolete) Rest, respite.
  • * 1590 , Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene , I.xi:
  • He cast to suffer him no more respire , / But gan his sturdie sterne about to weld, / And him so strongly stroke, that to the ground him feld.

    Anagrams

    * * ----

    pant

    English

    Etymology 1

    From (etyl) (m), whence also English dialectal (m). Possibly from (etyl) (m), a byform or of (etyl) .

    Noun

    (en noun)
  • A quick breathing; a catching of the breath; a gasp.
  • (obsolete) A violent palpitation of the heart.
  • (Shakespeare)
    References
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    Verb

  • (ambitransitive) To breathe quickly or in a labored manner, as after exertion or from eagerness or excitement; to respire with heaving of the breast; to gasp.
  • * Dryden
  • Pluto plants for breath from out his cell.
  • * Shelley
  • There is a cavern where my spirit / Was panted forth in anguish.
    {{quote-Fanny Hill, part=2 , Charles had just slipp'd the bolt of the door, and running, caught me in his arms, and lifting me from the ground, with his lips glew'd to mine, bore me, trembling, panting , dying, with soft fears and tender wishes, to the bed}}
  • To long for (something); to be eager for (something).
  • * Herbert
  • Then shall our hearts pant thee.
  • To long eagerly; to desire earnestly.
  • * Bible, Psalms xlii. 1
  • As the hart panteth after the water brooks.
  • * Alexander Pope
  • Who pants for glory finds but short repose.
  • Of the heart, to beat with unnatural violence or rapidity; to palpitate.
  • (Spenser)
  • To sigh; to flutter; to languish.
  • * Alexander Pope
  • The whispering breeze / Pants on the leaves, and dies upon the trees.
    Synonyms
    * (breathe quickly or in a labored manner) gasp * (long for) crave, desire, long for, pine for * (long eagerly) crave, desire, long, pine * palpitate, pound, throb

    Etymology 2

    From pants

    Noun

    (en noun)
  • (fashion) A pair of pants (trousers or underpants).
  • (used attributively as a modifier) Of or relating to pants.
  • Pant leg
    Derived terms
    * pant cuff * pant leg * pantsuit, pant suit * panty, panties

    Etymology 3

    Unknown

    Noun

    (en noun)
  • a public drinking fountain in Scotland and North-East England
  • References

    * PMSA page with several examples * OED 2nd edition