American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The air inhaled and exhaled in respiration.
- n. The act or process of breathing; respiration.
- n. The capacity to breathe, especially in a natural and unlabored manner: shortness of breath.
- n. Spirit or vitality; life.
- n. A single respiration: a deep breath.
- n. Exhaled air, as evidenced by vapor, odor, or heat.
- n. A momentary pause or rest.
- n. A momentary stirring of air.
- n. A slight gust of fragrant air.
- n. A trace or suggestion: a breath of scandal.
- n. A softly spoken sound; a whisper.
- n. Linguistics Exhalation of air without vibration of the vocal cords, as in the articulation of p and s.
- idiom. one At or almost at the same time.
- idiom. out of breath Breathing with difficulty, as from exertion; gasping.
- idiom. under (one's) breath In a muted voice or whisper.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Vapor; steam; exhalation.
- n. The air inhaled and exhaled in respiration.
- n. Ability to breathe; life as dependent on respiration.
- n. The state or power of breathing freely: as, to be out of breath; to be in breath.
- n. A single act of breathing; a respiration: as, he swears at every breath; to draw a full breath.
- n. Hence The time of a single respiration; a single act; an instant.
- n. Respite; pause; time to breathe.
- n. A gentle exercise, causing a quicker respiration.
- n. A respiratory movement, as of free air; a blowing.
- n. Spoken words; speech.
- n. A mere word; a trivial circumstance; a thing without substance; a trifle.
- n. An odorous exhalation.
- n. In philology, a breathing; aspiration; aspirate sound.
- n. Opinion; sentiments: as, I would fain hear his breath on this matter.
- n. uncountable The act or process of breathing.
- n. countable A single act of breathing in or out.
- n. uncountable Air expelled from the lungs.
- n. countable A rest or pause.
- n. a small amount of something, such as wind, or common sense
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. The air inhaled and exhaled in respiration; air which, in the process of respiration, has parted with oxygen and has received carbonic acid, aqueous vapor, warmth, etc.
- n. The act of breathing naturally or freely; the power or capacity to breathe freely.
- n. The power of respiration, and hence, life.
- n. Time to breathe; respite; pause.
- n. A single respiration, or the time of making it; a single act; an instant.
- n. Fig.: That which gives or strengthens life.
- n. A single word; the slightest effort; a trifle.
- n. A very slight breeze; air in gentle motion.
- n. Fragrance; exhalation; odor; perfume.
- n. Gentle exercise, causing a quicker respiration.
- n. the process of taking in and expelling air during breathing
- n. a slight movement of the air
- n. an indirect suggestion
- n. a short respite
- n. the air that is inhaled and exhaled in respiration
- From Middle English breeth, breth, from Old English brǣþ ("odor, scent, stink, exhalation, vapor"), from Proto-Germanic *brēþiz (“vapour, waft, exhalation, breath”), from Proto-Indo-European *bʰrē-t- (“exhalation from heat; steam”), from Proto-Indo-European *bʰer- (“to seethe, toss about, cook”). Cognate with Scots breth, breith ("breath"), German Brodem ("steam, vapour, fume, odour"). Related also to Icelandic bráður ("hasty, hurried, excited, rash"). More at brath. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English breth, from Old English brǣth; see gwhrē- in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Let me tell you such men don't waste one breath in mentioning anything that does not mean a big interest per cent, _not one breath_.”
“Yet your gay laughter, Messire de Puysange, is after all but breath: and _breath_ also" -- the bishop's sharp eyes fixed Perion's -- "has a hackneyed rhyme.”
“This waste comes from exhaling more breath (more motive power) than the tone requires, and _breath that does not become tone is wasted_.”
“* must retain self .... will not have a spaz attack ... breath breath*”
“III. xiii.77 (204,9) Tell him, from his all-obeying breath I hear/The doom of Aegypt] _Doom_ is declared rather by an _all-commanding_, than an _all-obeying breath_.”
“She told me that the germs (virii?) drop when your breath is a foot from your face.”
“The gift of their breath is as special to us as the breath of the Holy Spirit.”
“Attention to the breath is a way to release the wild monkey's control whether practicing yoga or otherwise.”
“It is only a contraction of the Latin word "breath," and an indistinct translation of the Greek word for "wind.”
“It is no accident that the word breath in many ancient languages also refers to spirit: "ruach" in Hebrew; "prana" in Sanskrit; "pneuma" in Greek; "spiritus" in Latin.”
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