from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The act or process of respiration.
- n. A single breath.
- n. The time required to take one's breath.
- n. Either of two marks, the rough breathing ( ̔ ) and the smooth breathing ( ̓ ), used in Greek to indicate presence or absence of aspiration.
- n. The presence or absence of aspiration indicated by either of these marks.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. Present participle of breathe.
- n. The act of respiration; a single instance of this.
- n. A diacritical mark indicating aspiration or lack thereof.
- n. Time to recover one's breath; hence, a delay, a spell of time.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Respiration; the act of inhaling and exhaling air.
- n. Air in gentle motion.
- n. Any gentle influence or operation; inspiration.
- n. Aspiration; secret prayer.
- n. Exercising; promotion of respiration.
- n. Utterance; communication or publicity by words.
- n. Breathing place; vent.
- n. Stop; pause; delay.
- n. Also, in a wider sense, the sound caused by the friction of the outgoing breath in the throat, mouth, etc., when the glottis is wide open; aspiration; the sound expressed by the letter h.
- n. A mark to indicate aspiration or its absence. See Rough breathing, Smooth breathing, below.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Respiration; the act of inhaling and exhaling air: as,“a difficulty of breathing,”
- n. Aspiration; secret prayer or desire.
- n. Aërial motion; respiratory action.
- n. Figuratively, a gentle influence or operation; inspiration:as, the breathings of the Spirit.
- n. A breathing-place; a vent.
- n. Physical exercise, from the fact that it calls the lungs into free play: as, the Oxford crew took their breathings every morning at ten.
- n. Utterance; words.
- n. Time taken to recover breath; hence, a stop; a delay.
- n. In grammar, aspiration or its absence, or a sign indicating it.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. passing or able to pass air in and out of the lungs normally; sometimes used in combination
- n. the bodily process of inhalation and exhalation; the process of taking in oxygen from inhaled air and releasing carbon dioxide by exhalation
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