Definitions of cough

  1. exhale abruptly, as when one has a chest cold or congestion; " The smoker coughs all day"
  2. the act of exhaling air suddenly with a noise
  3. 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
  4. To expel air, or obstructing or irritating matter, from the lungs or air passages, in a noisy and violent manner.
  5. To expel from the lungs or air passages by coughing; -- followed by up; as, to cough up phlegm.
  6. To bring to a specified state by coughing; as, he coughed himself hoarse.
  7. 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.
  8. The more or less frequent repetition of coughing, constituting a symptom of disease.
  9. A sudden, audible expulsion of air from the lungs through a partially closed glottis, preceded by inhalation. It is a protective response that serves to clear the trachea, bronchi, and/ or lungs of irritants and secretions, or to prevent aspiration of foreign materials into the lungs.
  10. To expel air from the lungs by a violent effort.
  11. To expel from the lungs.
  12. An effort of the lungs to expel irritating matter.
  13. 1. A sudden explosive forcing of air through the glottis, excited by an effort to expel mucus or other matter from the bronchial tubes or larynx. 2. To force air through the glottis by a series of expiratory efforts.
  14. Momentary pulmonary convulsion, causing noise, as air is violently expelled from lungs.
  15. An effort of the lungs to throw off injurious matter, accompanied by a harsh sound, proceeding from the throat.
  16. To make this effort.
  17. To expel from the throat or lungs by a cough.
  18. Action of the diaphragm to expel anything from the lungs.
  19. To expel by coughing.
  20. To expel by a cough; with up.
  21. To expel air from the lungs with a sudden, harsh sound.
  22. A sudden, harsh expulsion of breath; a disease productive of coughing.
  23. A convulsive effort to expel offending matter from the lungs.
  24. To expectorate by coughing.
  25. To make such an effort.
  26. To expel the air from the lungs with considerable force and noise; to expectorate.
  27. An effort of the lungs to throw off offending matter, as phlegm from the air passages, accompanied with considerable noise.

Usage examples for cough

  1. " That's all very well," said Dennis desperately, when a cough made him turn, and he swung round to see a bent old man, with a long white moustache and a lantern in his hand, standing in the doorway. – With Haig on the Somme by D. H. Parry
  2. No more cough, no longer a feeble step, no longer breathless after he had climbed the two flights to their apartment. – Carolyn of the Corners by Ruth Belmore Endicott
  3. I have neither cough, pain, nor fever. – Shirley by Charlotte Brontë
  4. His cough was a cruel one, and his eyes were bright with the fever that raced through his system. – Castle Craneycrow by George Barr McCutcheon
  5. Why, Dammy, there ain't been a disease in the house since you had whoopin' cough. – O. Henry Memorial Award Prize Stories of 1921 by Various
  6. I've been at this business long enough to know a real cough. – The Last Shot by Frederick Palmer
  7. He paused again to cough and rub his throat. – Caribbee by Thomas Hoover
  8. Cherami began to cough in a significant fashion, and whispered: " On the same floor?" – Monsieur Cherami by Charles Paul de Kock
  9. Kate quivered with hope; but that was far too good to be true; Lady Barbara gave a horrid little cough, and there was a sound almost of offence in her Thank you, you are very kind, but that would be quite out of the question. – Countess Kate by Charlotte M. Yonge
  10. At the top of the stairs Jeanie began to cough. – The Bars of Iron by Ethel May Dell
  11. I'll cough up what I know. – The Grell Mystery by Frank Froest
  12. I will cough when I have done. – Clarissa, Volume 4 (of 9) History Of A Young Lady by Samuel Richardson
  13. But here Madame de Nailles gave a dry little cough which was meant to impose silence on the subject. – Jacqueline, v1 by Th. Bentzon (Mme. Blanc)
  14. And he had a warm but grating voice, and had always been known to cough, living on solely because he was bitterly intent on doing so in order to realise the dream of social re- organisation which haunted him. – Paris From the "Three Cities" by Emile Zola
  15. A few moments later Jimmy's boots touched his trousers again, and the old gentleman began to cough. – The Little Clown by Thomas Cobb
  16. Go to the home of the old women and hide behind a tree; and when you hear me cough three times, give a loud war- cry. – The Book of Nature Myths by Florence Holbrook
  17. Ginger Dick gives a cough. – Light Freights, Complete by W. W. Jacobs
  18. But when Mohr had lighted his cigarette, he said with a slight cough: " I must beg you to be brief, I don't like this odor." – The Children of the World by Paul Heyse
  19. At that moment a cough disturbed him. – The Son of His Mother by Clara Viebig
  20. He remembered his cough, and began to practise it. – The Crime Doctor by Ernest William Hornung