- 1The process of being mentally stimulated to do or feel something, especially to do something creative: Helen had one of her flashes of inspiration the history of fashion has provided designers with invaluable inspirationMore example sentences
- He kicked 21 points and, more importantly, provided the creative inspiration that led directly to at least two of the Aussies' tries.
- They also looked at stories by popular authors like Roald Dahl for a flash of creative inspiration.
- Hence the emphasis on communication in her books, and the emphasis on artistic inspiration as a flash of objective vision.
- 1.1The quality of being inspired, especially when evident in something: a rare moment of inspiration in an otherwise dull displayMore example sentences
- Colleagues praise her qualities of enthusiasm, energy and inspiration.
- That question and her answer proved to be a rare moment of inspiration in a day of mayhem and murder.
- Moments of fervent inspiration are also part of this very short but telling musical prayer.
- 1.2A person or thing that inspires: he is an inspiration to everyoneMore example sentences
- Drawing inspiration from real life incidents, he makes hard-hitting films that revolve around issues concerning society.
- Draw inspiration from what's available and what you like.
- Drawing inspiration from his words, young Scottish climbers of the post-war generation strove to do some exploring of their own.
- 1.3A sudden brilliant, creative, or timely idea: then I had an inspirationMore example sentences
bright idea, revelation, flash• informal brainwave, brainstorm, eureka moment
- All of which will remind you that moments of revelation, like sudden inspirations, should always be handled quite gingerly.
- You watch the show, you leave with a thought, a concept, an idea, an inspiration, something like that.
- All of a sudden inspiration struck - I would call it Jabba.
- 1.4The divine influence believed to have led to the writing of the Bible.More example sentences
- In 1782 he published his History of the Corruptions of Christianity, in which he rejected the Trinity, predestination and the divine inspiration of the Bible.
- After a childhood spent in his native Brittany he studied for the priesthood in Paris, but withdrew because of doubts about the divinity of Jesus and the divine inspiration of the Bible.
- The second item measures belief in the divine inspiration and literal truth of the Bible.
- 2The drawing in of breath; inhalation.More example sentences
- It is easiest to hear breath sounds during inspiration and expiratory sounds are less well heard.
- Apnea duration was defined as the time between the end of inspiration of the breath preceding a central apnea and the onset of inspiration of the breath terminating the apnea.
- The process of taking air into the lungs is called inspiration, or inhalation, and the process of breathing it out is called expiration, or exhalation.
- 2.1An act of breathing in; an inhalation.More example sentences
- Moreover, quiet breathing is regularly interrupted by deep inspirations in which tidal volume at least doubles and the forces on the tissue significantly increase.
- The intrinsic elasticity of the airways would still allow the airway tree to distend with inspirations and relax with expiration.
- Children were asked to take a maximal inspiration, followed immediately by a maximal forced expiratory maneuver without a pause in between.
Middle English (in the sense 'divine guidance'): via Old French from late Latin inspiratio(n-), from the verb inspirare (see inspire).