American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To breathe in and out; inhale and exhale.
- v. To undergo the metabolic process of respiration.
- v. To breathe easily again, as after a period of exertion or trouble.
- v. To inhale and exhale (air); breathe.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To breathe again; hence, to rest or enjoy relief after toil or suffering.
- To breathe; inhale air into the lungs and exhale it, for the purpose of maintaining animal life; henee, to live.
- To breathe in and out, as air; inhale and exhale; breathe.
- To exhale; breathe out; send out in exhalations.
- v. intransitive To breathe in and out.
- v. intransitive To engage in the process of respiration.
- v. intransitive To recover one's breath or breathe easily following stress.
- v. transitive To inhale and exhale; to breathe.
- n. obsolete Rest, respite.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To take breath again; hence, to take rest or refreshment.
- v. (Physiol.) To breathe; to inhale air into the lungs, and exhale it from them, successively, for the purpose of maintaining the vitality of the blood.
- v. To breathe in and out; to inspire and expire,, as air; to breathe.
- v. rare To breathe out; to exhale.
- v. breathe easily again, as after exertion or anxiety
- v. draw air into, and expel out of, the lungs
- v. undergo the biomedical and metabolic processes of respiration by taking up oxygen and producing carbon monoxide
- From Old French respirer, from Latin respīrō, from re- + spīrō. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English respiren, to breathe again, from Latin respīrāre : re-, re- + spīrāre, to breathe. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“In the Hydra, the animal may be turned inside out, and the exterior surface will then digest and the stomach respire.”
“The state cannot issue you a “respire andmaintain temperature above the room in which you find yourself” permit.”
“The state cannot issue you a “respire and maintain temperature above the room in which you find yourself” permit.”
“Having been harrassd by too much thinking and too many trivial engagements, and an employment that I shall never like, I determined that I would respire one mouthfull of real country air if possible and I know at the same time that pollution of smoke reaches ten miles round the Metropolis.”
“Not only is it hard to respire, but hard to comprehend that you are here, making pilgrimage in this utterly transfixing world, more surreal then anything New York City has to offer.”
“Frogs respire through their skin, so your "specimen" would die a quick but agonizing death.”
“Researchers at the US Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) and the University of California at Berkeley have demonstrated that when the ability to respire oxygen is impaired, bacterium equipped with proteorhodopsin will switch to solar power to carry out vital life processes.”
“There must be something to feed the spirit - yeast can't respire and raise the dough unless we give it something to eat, but it's more than that teaspoon of honey.”
“Il a les yeux fermés, respire vite, fort, bruyamment et il grince des dents.”
“Most larvae respire by diffusion, so they are restricted to habitats with high oxygen concentrations.”
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