pant 1 (pănt)
v. pant·ed, pant·ing, pants
1. To breathe rapidly in short gasps, as after exertion.
2. To beat loudly or heavily; throb or pulsate.
3. To give off loud puffs, especially while moving.
4. To long demonstratively; yearn: was panting for a chance to play.
To utter hurriedly or breathlessly: I panted my congratulations to the winner of the race.
1. A short labored breath; a gasp.
2. A throb; a pulsation.
3. A short loud puff, as of steam from an engine.
[Middle English panten, perhaps alteration of Old French pantaisier, from Vulgar Latin *pantasiāre, to have a nightmare, feel oppressed or short of breath from emotion, from Greek phantasioun, to form mental images, from phantasiā, appearance; see FANTASY.]
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