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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Breathing with difficulty; gasping: was breathless from running.
  • adj. Marked by the suspension of regular breathing, as from tension or excitement: a breathless audience.
  • adj. Causing or capable of causing the suspension of regular breathing; tense or exciting: a breathless flight.
  • adj. Not breathing; without breath.
  • adj. Dead.
  • adj. Having no air or breeze; still: a breathless summer day.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Having difficulty breathing; gasping.
  • adj. That makes one hold one's breath (with excitement etc.).
  • adj. Not breathing; apparently dead.
  • adj. Having no wind; still, calm or airless.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Spent with labor or violent action; out of breath.
  • adj. Not breathing; holding the breath, on account of fear, expectation, or intense interest; attended with a holding of the breath.
  • adj. Dead.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Without breath; dead.
  • Out of breath; spent with labor or exertion.
  • That takes away the breath.
  • Marked by an apparent forgetfulness to breathe; absorbed; eager; excited.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. tending to cause suspension of regular breathing
  • adj. appearing dead; not breathing or having no perceptible pulse
  • adj. not breathing or able to breathe except with difficulty

Etymologies

breath +‎ -less (Wiktionary)

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