A dog pants when it's warm.
- The definition of a pant is taking a fast breath, a throb, or the puff from an engine.
- An example of a pant is what a person is doing after running on a treadmill for an hour.
- An example of a pant is the heavy beat of the heart.
- An example of a pant is the steam released from a steam engine train.
- Pant is defined as to breath rapidly, to beat quickly, or to strongly want something.
- An example of pant is what a person does after sprinting a distance.
- An example of pant is what a person's heart does after running fast.
- An example of pant is a child desperately wanting an ice cream cone.
- to breathe rapidly and heavily; gasp, as from running fast
- to beat rapidly, as the heart; throb; pulsate
- to feel strong desire; yearn eagerly: with for or after
- to give off steam, smoke, etc. in loud puffs, as an engine
Origin of pantMiddle English panten, probably contr. from Old French pantaisier from Vulgar Latin an unverified form phantasiare, to suffer from a nightmare from Classical Latin phantasia, idea, notion, nightmare: see fantasy
- any of a series of rapid, heavy breaths, as from exertion; gasp
- a throb, as of the heart
- a puff, as of an engine
verbpant·ed, pant·ing, pants
- To breathe rapidly in short gasps, as after exertion.
- To beat loudly or heavily; throb or pulsate.
- To give off loud puffs, especially while moving.
- To long demonstratively; yearn: was panting for a chance to play.
- A short labored breath; a gasp.
- A throb; a pulsation.
- A short loud puff, as of steam from an engine.
Origin of pantMiddle 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 .
- An outer garment that covers the body below the waist, usually to the ankles, and is divided into sections to fit each leg separately: She decided to wear pants instead of a skirt. He bought a new pair of pants.
Origin of pantShort for pantaloon
Usage Note: You can refer to a single garment either as “pants” or as “a pair of pants.” The same holds true not only for other similar garments such as shorts or trousers, but also for other single items that consist of two connected parts, such as glasses or scissors. With pants, the “pair” alludes to the fact that there are two openings for the legs. The use of the singular pant is largely confined to the fields of design, textiles, and fashion: The stylist recommended that the model wear a pant with a checkered print. Pant is also commonly used as the attributive form: pant leg, pant cuff, pant pocket.
(third-person singular simple present pants, present participle panting, simple past and past participle panted)
- (intransitive) To breathe quickly or in a labored manner, as after exertion or from eagerness or excitement; to respire with heaving of the breast; to gasp.
- To long for (something); to be eager for (something).
- (intransitive) To long eagerly; to desire earnestly.
- (intransitive) Of the heart, to beat with unnatural violence or rapidity; to palpitate.
- (intransitive) To sigh; to flutter; to languish.
Possibly a shortening of Old French pantoisier (“to be breathless") (compare modern French panteler (“to gasp for breath")), probably from Vulgar Latin *pantasiÅ (“struggling for breath when having a nightmare"), from Ancient Greek Ï†Î±Î½Ï„Î±ÏƒÎ¹ÏŒÏ‰ (phantasioÅ, “I am subject to hallucinations"), from Ï†Î±Î½Ï„Î±ÏƒÎ¯Î± (phantasia, “appearance, image, fantasy").
- (fashion) A pair of pants (trousers or underpants).
- (used attributively as a modifier) Of or relating to pants.
- Pant leg
- a public drinking fountain in Scotland and North-East England
- Alternative form of panto-.