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Definition of the noun inspiration

What does inspiration mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: inspirations

  1. arousal of the mind to special unusual activity or creativity
    • lexical domain: Cognitive Processes - nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents
    • more generic words: idea / thought = the content of cognition
    • more specific words:
      • source / germ / seed = anything that provides inspiration for later work
      • mother = a condition that is the inspiration for an activity or situation
      • afflatus = a strong creative impulse
  2. a product of your creative thinking and work
    • example: he had little respect for the inspirations of other artists
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • synonym of inspiration: brainchild
    • more generic words: product / production = an artifact that has been created by someone or some process
  3. a sudden intuition as part of solving a problem
  4. (theology) a special influence of a divinity on the minds of human beings
  5. arousing to a particular emotion or action
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • synonym of inspiration: stirring
    • more generic words: arousal / rousing = the act of arousing
  6. the act of inhaling; the drawing in of air (or other gases) as in breathing


  1. "Inspiration" is a 1931 English language film adapted from the Alphonse Daudet short novel Sappho. It was adapted by Gene Markey, directed by Clarence Brown and produced by Irving Thalberg. The cinematography was by William H. Daniels, the art direction by Cedric Gibbons and the costume design by Adrian.
  2. "Inspiration" is a 1915 American silent drama film written by Virginia Tyler Hudson and directed by George Foster Platt and starring Audrey Munson. It is notable for being the first non-pornographic American film to feature full nudity of a woman. On reissue in 1918, the film was called The Perfect Model. All copies of the movie are believed to have been lost.
  3. "Inspiration" is a 2013 short comedy animation film written and directed by Sophie Martin.
  4. "Inspiration" is a 1949 short animation film directed by Karel Zeman.
    • also known as Inspirace
    • country: Czechoslovakia
    • language: Czech Language
    • genre: Animation
    • released in (66 years ago)
  5. "Inspiration" a.k.a. "Voodhushevlenie" is a Russian film directed by Galina Myznikova and Sergey Provorov.


"Inspiration" is a work written by Ben Bova.

  • released in (21 years ago)
  • some of the awards:
      • Nebula Award for Best Short Story nomination for Ben Bova
      • Locus Award for Best Short Story nomination for Ben Bova


"Inspiration" is a public artwork by American artist Ethan Kerber, located at a commercial building at the intersection of 5th St NW & K St NW in Washington, D.C., United States. "Inspiration" was created through DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities.

  • completed in (5 years ago)


  1. "Inspiration" is the ninth studio album by guitarist Yngwie Malmsteen, released on 14 October 1996 and reissued in 2000 through Spitfire Records; a remastered edition was reissued in 2003 through SPV/Steamhammer. It is a tribute album consisting entirely of covers of various bands who influenced Malmsteen. Featured on vocals are Jeff Scott Soto, Mark Boals and Joe Lynn Turner, each of whom performed on Malmsteen's first four studio albums.
  2. "Inspiration" is the third album by Bay Area-based R&B group Maze. Released in 1979 on Capitol Records.
  3. "Inspiration" - Colors & Reflections is the sixth album by Azeri jazz artist Aziza Mustafa Zadeh. The album was released in 2000 with the sales of over 800.000 copies worldwide.
    • also known as Inspiration: Colors & Reflections
    • genres: Jazz, Jazz fusion
    • released in (15 years ago)
  4. "Inspiration", originally planned to be True Idol, is the debut album of William Hung, originally recorded at Fantasy Studios and released by Koch Entertainment, now Entertainment One, in 2004. Although the album was commercially successful, it received a highly negative critical reception due to Hung's poor vocals and the sound of the karaoke tracks used in the album.
  5. "Inspiration" is a 1989 album by Elkie Brooks. It is a mixture of cover versions and original tracks and includes the single "Shame". It was recorded 1989 at Abbey Road Studios, RPM Studios, Pavilion Studios, Rock House and Woody Bay Studios. The album was issued on CD, vinyl and cassette in 1989 through Telstar Records, and re-released on CD and cassette by Ronco.
  6. "Inspiration" is a musical album of Eddie Henderson.
    • released on (19 years ago)
  7. "Inspiration" a.k.a. "Inspiration #1" is the first Japanese studio album of South Korean boy band Shinhwa. It was released on 16 August 2006. State Of The Art peaked at #4 on the Oricon Chart in Japan and sold over 100,000 copies.
  8. "Inspiration" is a musical album of Stasis.
    • released in (21 years ago)
  9. "Inspiration" is a 2004 compilation album by Bob Marley & The Wailers.
  10. "Inspiration" is a musical single of AnnaGrace.
    • released on (9 years ago)
  11. "Inspiration" is a musical album of Kelley Hunt.
    • released in (13 years ago)
  12. "INSPIRATION" is a cataloged instance, composition.
  13. "Inspiration" is a musical single of SCRIPT.
    • released on (13 years ago)
  14. "Inspiration" is a musical single of Arnold Jarvis & Kerri Chandler.
    • released in (21 years ago)


Inspiration is a British-designed and -built steam-propelled car designed by Glynne Bowsher and developed by the BSCC team.


  1. Inspiration refers to an unconscious burst of creativity in a literary, musical, or other artistic endeavour. The concept has origins in both Hellenism and Hebraism. The Greeks believed that inspiration or "enthusiasm" came from the muses, as well as the gods Apollo and Dionysus. Similarly, in the Ancient Norse religions, inspiration derives from the gods, such as Odin. Inspiration is also a divine matter in Hebrew poetics. In the Book of Amos the prophet speaks of being overwhelmed by God's voice and compelled to speak. In Christianity, inspiration is a gift of the Holy Spirit.
    • also known as Artistic inspiration
  2. Inspiration: The visual learning software tool Inspiration was developed and is published by Inspiration Software, Inc., located in Beaverton, Oregon. While it is predominately used in the classroom by students in grades 6 through 12, many adult learners, as well as educators and other professionals, find it useful for a variety of tasks including web site planning and project management. It is most widely known for its use in building graphic organizers, such as concept map, diagram and webs, which is done in its Diagram View interface. The second of the two interfaces is Outline View, a traditional hierarchical outline format. Although you can work in either view independently of the other, work done in Diagram View also transfers to Outline View, and vice-versa. Usage in the classroom in cross-curricular, and the company provides many extras in the form of examples and templates for using this tool in various subject areas by grade level.
  3. Inspiration is a Hong Kong based Thoroughbred racehorse.
    • also known as 創惑
  4. Inspiration is a cataloged instance, musical recording, canonical version.
  5. Inspiration is a 1999 theater production of the eponymously-named musical play performed at the Ford's Theatre.
    • award: - Helen Hayes Awards for outstanding Supporting Performer, Visiting Production nomination for Anthony Evans

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Inspiration

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Google previewThe Cognitive, Emotional and Neural Correlates of Creativity (2015)

by Matthijs Baas, Carsten K. W. De Dreu, Bernard A. Nijstad

For instance, creative inspiration is a response to (not the cause of) creative ideas, much as interpersonal inspiration is a...

trait inspiration refers to nothing other than individual differences in the tendency to experience the state of inspiration.

Google previewThe Christian ambassador, ed. by C.C. McKechnie (1868)

by Colin Campbell M'Kechnie

Inspiration is that power which God communicated to Prophets and Apostles, by which they were enabled to convey to man an infallible...

Inspiration is the power to communicate not only natural but supernatural truth in an infallible form.

Google previewThe Bow and the Lyre (2009)

The Poem, The Poetic Revelation, Poetry and History by Octavio Paz

Inspiration is a manifestation of man's constitutive "otherness." It is not inside, within us,

Google previewThe Essential Wayne Dyer Collection (2013)

by Dr. Wayne W. Dyer

If motivation is grabbing an idea and carrying it through to an acceptable conclusion, then inspiration is the reverse.

Inspiration is a calling to proceed even though we're unsure of goals or achievements—it may even insist that we go in the ...

Google previewThe Siege of Vienna (2012)

by Juan Carden

Inspiration is a blessing that comes from heaven, it is the manna that eases our suffering, and it is the balm that heals the...

Google previewLiving an Inspired Life (2016)

Your Ultimate Calling by Dr. Wayne W. Dyer

If motivation is grabbing an idea and carrying it through to an acceptable conclusion, then inspiration is the reverse.

Inspiration is a calling to proceed even though we're unsure of goals or achievements—it may even insist that we go in the ...

Google previewHappy Days Healthy Living (2007)

by Cathy Silvers

Inspiration is something needed by everyone regardless of profession or credo. Inspiration is that which causes us to move forward or even move at all. On a symbolic level, inspiration is the life-breath of the mind and heart. It is what gives life ...

Google previewProximity Levinas, Blanchot, Bataille and Communication (2012)

by Joseph Libertson

Inspiration is a heteronomy whose density is the only constitution of subjectivity in artistic creation. This is the situation of subjectivity within a general economy. Secondly, inspiration is a parole which results from the dissymetry of subjectivity's ...

Google previewThe Techniques of Inner Leadership (2003)

Making Inner Leadership Work by Gilbert W. Fairholm

Inspiration is a key, if complex, tool in the hands of inner leaders (Bilchik, 2001). These leaders find opportunity to use the...

The reason top leaders do not use inspiration is that it is frequently difficult to do. They can more easily employ ...

Google previewBrain and Art (2014)

by Idan Segev, Luis M. Martinez, Robert J. Zatorre

Inspiration is an integrative mental function at the intersection of (a) cognitive, (b) emotional, and (c) conative processes.

Thus, inspiration is a component of the emotional response to stimuli and actions, when they are perceived as uplifting ...

Google previewMastering English Literature (2006)

by Richard Gill

Inspiration is the creative breath of ...

Google previewEducation in Human Creative Existential Planning (2007)

by Anna-Teresa Tymieniecka

Interpretation is the analysis of various schools of thought, conceptions, methods, and management techniques; inspiration is a study of opportunities; illumination is the search for one's own vision of a company with the use of creative thinking ...

Google previewthe making of the modern songwriter: the motives of songetry

Inspiration is the darling of the willing and adventurous mind, the architect of meaningful aspirations, the inclination, the moment, that flash of light which ...

Google previewThe Mastery of Music (2008)

Ten Pathways to True Artistry by Barry Green

A Inspiration is the key to everything we've been discussing in this book, because inspiration is the engine that can power all the rest. If we feel inspired, we will find the passion, discipline, and courage to go forward: we will play together, we ...

Google previewMartha Stewart's Encyclopedia of Crafts (2009)

An A-to-Z Guide with Detailed Instructions and Endless Inspiration by Martha Stewart, Martha Stewart Living Magazine

An A-to-Z Guide with Detailed Instructions and Endless Inspiration Martha Stewart Living Magazine, Martha Stewart. project: picturetins Brighten your desktop by slipping a picture of a familiar face into the lid of around tin. The tin also serves as ...

Google previewTheological Encyclopaedia and Methodology (1894)

On the Basis of Hagenbach by George Richard Crooks, John Fletcher Hurst

Divine Inspiration ; or, the Supernatural Influence exerted in the Communication of Divme Truth, etc. 8vo. London, 1836. 4th ed., 1852. (A work highly commended lor impartiality.) Hinds, Samuel. An Inquiry into the Proofs. Nature, and Extent of ...

Google previewMystics Dictionary of Spirit Language

by Ken Ludden

inspiration. UPSIDE DOWN – 1) represents that the world has fallen out of order; 2) one can't tell what has more weight, meaning or importance. UPSTAIRS – 1) close to heavens; 2) ideas, thoughts that lead to ...

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Quotes about Inspiration

Yes, and I can sit down on a white piece of paper and work because I don't believe too much into inspiration, only I'm waiting for inspiration, work and then inspiration may come. It's a little too easy to say that. (Karl Lagerfeld)
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The value of this 11-letter word is 13 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.


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