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Meaning of COUGH

Pronunciation:  kof

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  the act of exhaling air suddenly with a noise
  2. [n]  sudden expulsion of air from the lungs that clears the air passages; a common symptom of upper respiratory infection or bronchitis or pneumonia or tuberculosis
  3. [v]  exhale abruptly, as when one has a chest cold or congestion; "The smoker coughs all day"

COUGH is a 5 letter word that starts with C.


 Synonyms: coughing, coughing
 See Also: breathing out, clear the throat, cough out, cough up, exhalation, expectorate, expiration, hack, hawk, pony up, respiratory disease, respiratory disorder, spit out, spit up, symptom, whoop



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Cough\ (k?f), v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Coughed} (k?ft); p.
    pr. & vb. n. {Coughing}.] [Cf. D. kuchen, MHG. k?chen to
    breathe, G. keuchen to pant, and E. chincough, the first part
    of which is prob. akin to cough; cf. also E. choke.]
    To expel air, or obstructing or irritating matter, from the
    lungs or air passages, in a noisy and violent manner.
  2. \Cough\, v. t.
    1. To expel from the lungs or air passages by coughing; --
       followed by up; as, to cough up phlegm.
    2. To bring to a specified state by coughing; as, he coughed
       himself hoarse.
    {To cough down}, to silence or put down (an objectionable
       speaker) by simulated coughing.
  3. \Cough\, n. [Cg. D. kuch. See {Cough}, v. i. ]
    1. A sudden, noisy, and violent expulsion of air from the
       chest, caused by irritation in the air passages, or by the
       reflex action of nervous or gastric disorder, etc.
    2. The more or less frequent repetition of coughing,
       constituting a symptom of disease.
    {Stomach cough}, {Ear cough}, cough due to irritation in the
       stomach or ear.
Biology Dictionary
 Definition: A cough is the often involuntary action of taking a deep breath, and letting out a strong flow of air from inside the lungs in an attempt to clear some irritation in the upper airways.
Thesaurus Terms
 Related Terms: Aqua-Lung, artificial respiration, aspiration, asthmatic wheeze, blow, breath, breath of air, breathe, breathe hard, breathe in, breathe out, breathing, broken wind, exhalation, exhale, exhaust, expel, expiration, expire, exsufflation, gasp, gulp, hack, hiccup, huff, inhalation, inhalator, inhale, inspiration, inspire, insufflation, iron lung, mouth-to-mouth resuscitation, oxygen mask, oxygen tent, pant, puff, respiration, respire, scuba, sigh, sneeze, sniff, sniffle, snore, snoring, snort, snuff, snuffle, sternutation, stertor, suspiration, wheeze, wind