What is Gasping?

Gasping definition and meaning on Dictionary terms:
a sudden, short intake of breath, as in shock or surprise.
a convulsive effort to breathe.

a short, convulsive utterance: the words came out in gasps.

verb (used without object)
to catch one’s breath.
to struggle for breath with the mouth open; breathe convulsively.

to long with breathless eagerness; desire; crave (usually followed by for or after).

verb (used with object)
to utter with gasps (often followed by out, forth, away, etc.): She gasped out the words.
to breathe or emit with gasps (often followed by away).