1 [pant]
verb (used without object)
to breathe hard and quickly, as after exertion.
to gasp, as for air.
to long with breathless or intense eagerness; yearn: to pant for revenge.
to throb or heave violently or rapidly; palpitate.
to emit steam or the like in loud puffs.
Nautical. (of the bow or stern of a ship) to work with the shock of contact with a succession of waves. Compare work ( def 24 ).
verb (used with object)
to breathe or utter gaspingly.
the act of panting.
a short, quick, labored effort at breathing; gasp.
a puff, as of an engine.
a throb or heave, as of the breast.

1400–50; late Middle English panten < Middle French pant(a)is(i)er < Vulgar Latin *phantasiāre to have visions < Greek phantasioûn to have or form images. See fantasy

pantingly, adverb
unpanting, adjective

1. puff, blow. Pant, gasp suggest breathing with more effort than usual. Pant suggests rapid, convulsive breathing, as from violent exertion or excitement: to pant after running for the train. Gasp suggests catching one's breath in a single quick intake, as from amazement, terror, and the like, or a series of such quick intakes of breath, as in painful breathing: to gasp with horror; to gasp for breath. 3. thirst, hunger. Unabridged
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pant (pænt)
vb (often foll by for)
1.  to breathe with noisy deep gasps, as when out of breath from exertion or excitement
2.  to say (something) while breathing thus
3.  to have a frantic desire (for); yearn
4.  (intr) to pulsate; throb rapidly
5.  the act or an instance of panting
6.  a short deep gasping noise; puff
[C15: from Old French pantaisier, from Greek phantasioun to have visions, from phantasiafantasy]

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Word Origin & History

c.1440, perhaps a shortening of O.Fr. pantaisier "to be out of breath" (12c.), probably from V.L. *pantasiare "be oppressed with a nightmare, struggle for breathing during a nightmare," lit. "to have visions," from Gk. phantasioun "have or form images, subject to hallucinations," from phantasia "appearance,
image, fantasy" (see phantasm). The noun is attested from c.1500.
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Medical Dictionary

pant (pānt)
v. pant·ed, pant·ing, pants
To breathe rapidly and shallowly.

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a method of cooling, used by many mammals, most birds, and some reptiles, accomplished by means of the evaporation of water from internal body surfaces. As the animal's body temperature rises, its respiration rate increases sharply; cooling results from the evaporation of water in the nasal passages, mouth, lungs, and (in birds) air sacs. Like other forms of evaporative cooling (e.g., perspiration), panting expends large amounts of water, which must be replaced if the animal is to maintain effective heat regulation.

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Example sentences
After a bit of heaving and panting, out pops the egg.
The farmers called out to the panting beasts over the clangor of the huge
  cowbells around their necks.
They smile, then stagger on at full speed, panting and pouring sweat.
In the end, the herd escaped over the ridge, and the wolf was left panting and
  gulping snow.
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