In·spire v. i. [imp. & p. p. Inspired; p. pr. & vb. n. Inspiring.]
1. To draw in breath; to inhale air into the lungs; -- opposed to expire.
2. To breathe; to blow gently. [Obs.]
And when the wind amongst them did inspire,
They wavèd like a penon wide dispread. --Spenser.
1. Breathed in; inhaled.
2. Moved or animated by, or as by, a supernatural influence; affected by divine inspiration; as, the inspired prophets; the inspired writers.
3. Communicated or given as by supernatural or divine inspiration; having divine authority; hence, sacred, holy; -- opposed to uninspired, profane, or secular; as, the inspired writings, that is, the Scriptures.
adj : of such surpassing excellence as to suggest divine
inspiration; "her pies were simply divine"; "the divine
Shakespeare"; "an elysian meal"; "an inspired
performance" [syn: divine, elysian]