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

  • adj. Suitable or pleasant for breathing: breathable air.
  • adj. Permitting air to pass through: a breathable fabric.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. suitable for breathing
  • adj. Letting air seep through.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Such as can be breathed.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Capable of being breathed; respirable.


Sorry, no etymologies found.


  • Its inventor, David Edwards, who helped develop inhalable insulin and is working on an inhalable TB vaccination, threw out the idea of breathable food while teaching an engineering sciences class at Harvard several years ago.

    British Blogs

  • Most companies make "breathable" lightweight and relatively quiet rainwear using materials like Gortex.

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  • I wish they could have created some kind of breathable cover for the RC-Falcon, cover up that massive whole. just takes away from the overall feel. other than that. looks like another thing you've posted will make my wallet lighter. thanks pete!!! theJoker

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  • Researchers find origin of 'breathable' atmosphere half a billion years ago

    October 30th, 2007

  • - Avoid synthetic underwear; choose "breathable" cotton instead.

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  • You can certainly argue that we don't need market prices to calculate the value of some things such as breathable air, but I don't think its accurate to suggest that contemporary socialistic policies don't run afoul of the calculation and knowledge problems.

    There's no Debatin' these Socialist Calculations!!

  • "We understand this may be difficult for consumers, so we will work to provide them even more value from our brands," by adding features such as breathable linings and cushioned in-steps, says Brown's chief financial officer,

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  • The suggestion for an "breathable" latex primer is a likely suggestion, but not one I would recommend because the problem may be from moisture entering the house THROUGH the bricks.


  • So we put on Class 2 envirosuits, extremely tough and lightweight hooded coveralls of "breathable" fabric with glove and boot extensions.

    Perseus Spur

  • Cable offers the entire Riedel stemware line at his La Arcada store and even sells Eisch glassware, which are "breathable" wine glasses from Germany made with high-tech, oxygenated glass.

    The Santa Barbara Independent stories


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