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v. in·haled, in·hal·ing, in·hales
1. To draw (air or smoke, for example) into the lungs by breathing; inspire.
2. Informal To consume rapidly or eagerly; devour: inhaled lunch and then rushed off to the meeting.
1. To breathe in; inspire.
2. To draw smoke into the lungs; puff.

[Latin inhālāre, to breathe upon (meaning influenced by contrast with exhale) : in-, in; see in-2 + hālāre, to breathe.]
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References in classic literature ?
Such a flower was Phoebe in her relation with Clifford, and such the delight that he inhaled from her.
She opened her nostrils and inhaled with a mystic sensuousness; then she closed her lids.
The latter, a fresh, rosy officer of the Guards, irreproachably washed, brushed, and buttoned, held his pipe in the middle of his mouth and with red lips gently inhaled the smoke, letting it escape from his handsome mouth in rings.
When I had inhaled this air freely, I sought the conduit pipe, which conveyed to us the beneficial whiff, and I was not long in finding it.
The cigarette lighted, he eagerly took a whiff or two, inhaled the smoke, let it out through his moustache, and would have inhaled again, but the wind tore off the burning tobacco and whirled it away as it had done the straw.
She inhaled the odor of the blossoms and thrust them into the bosom of her white morning gown.
As for Passepartout, his face was as red as the sun's disc when it sets in the mist, and he laboriously inhaled the biting air.
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The worst part was at the end of the clip when Sterling inhaled so much he collapsed on the ground.
The Study: The readmission rate of 31,658 children two-to-eighteen years old hospitalized for asthma between 2005-2007 were stratified based on the refill rate of the three medicines the children were prescribed: beta agonists, oral steroids and inhaled steroids.
Whether it's "smoked" using dry ice or inhaled as a vapor, consuming alcohol in this way is "unbelievably dangerous," Stratyner said.
LOS ANGELES -- An experimental inhaled form of dihydroergotamine appears to be effective in reducing migraine pain even if taken as late as 8 hours or more after the start of the headache, a post hoc analysis of a phase III clinical trial suggests.