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INSPIRATION

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does inspiration mean? 

INSPIRATION (noun)
  The noun INSPIRATION has 6 senses:

1. arousal of the mind to special unusual activity or creativity
2. a product of your creative thinking and work
3. a sudden intuition as part of solving a problem
4. (theology) a special influence of a divinity on the minds of human beings
5. arousing to a particular emotion or action
6. the act of inhaling; the drawing in of air (or other gases) as in breathing

  Familiarity information: INSPIRATION used as a noun is common.


 Dictionary entry details 


INSPIRATION (noun)


Sense 1inspiration [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Arousal of the mind to special unusual activity or creativity

Classified under:

Nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents

Hypernyms ("inspiration" is a kind of...):

idea; thought (the content of cognition; the main thing you are thinking about)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "inspiration"):

germ; seed; source (anything that provides inspiration for later work)

mother (a condition that is the inspiration for an activity or situation)

afflatus (a strong creative impulse; divine inspiration)


Sense 2inspiration [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A product of your creative thinking and work

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Synonyms:

brainchild; inspiration

Context examples:

he had little respect for the inspirations of other artists / after years of work his brainchild was a tangible reality

Hypernyms ("inspiration" is a kind of...):

product; production (an artifact that has been created by someone or some process)


Sense 3inspiration [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A sudden intuition as part of solving a problem

Classified under:

Nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents

Hypernyms ("inspiration" is a kind of...):

intuition (instinctive knowing (without the use of rational processes))

Holonyms ("inspiration" is a part of...):

problem solving (the thought processes involved in solving a problem)


Sense 4inspiration [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

(theology) a special influence of a divinity on the minds of human beings

Classified under:

Nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents

Synonyms:

divine guidance; inspiration

Context example:

they believe that the books of Scripture were written under divine guidance

Hypernyms ("inspiration" is a kind of...):

cognitive factor (something immaterial (as a circumstance or influence) that contributes to producing a result)

Domain category:

divinity; theology (the rational and systematic study of religion and its influences and of the nature of religious truth)


Sense 5inspiration [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Arousing to a particular emotion or action

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Synonyms:

stirring; inspiration

Hypernyms ("inspiration" is a kind of...):

arousal; rousing (the act of arousing)


Sense 6inspiration [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The act of inhaling; the drawing in of air (or other gases) as in breathing

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Synonyms:

breathing in; inhalation; aspiration; inspiration

Hypernyms ("inspiration" is a kind of...):

breath (the process of taking in and expelling air during breathing)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "inspiration"):

gasp; pant (a short labored intake of breath with the mouth open)

drag; puff; pull (a slow inhalation (as of tobacco smoke))

Holonyms ("inspiration" is a part of...):

breathing; external respiration; respiration; ventilation (the bodily process of inhalation and exhalation; the process of taking in oxygen from inhaled air and releasing carbon dioxide by exhalation)


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