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

  • n. One that breathes, especially in a specified manner: a shallow breather.
  • n. Informal A short rest period: took a breather after skiing for two hours.
  • n. Informal An activity, such as strenuous exercise, that causes difficult breathing.
  • n. A small vent allowing the passage of gas or liquid to or from an enclosed area.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Something or someone that breathes.
  • n. A short break; a rest or respite.
  • n. A spatially localized, time-periodic excitation in a one-dimensional lattice.
  • n. That which puts one out of breath, such as violent exercise.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One who breathes.
  • n. One who lives.
  • n. One who utters.
  • n. One who animates or inspires.
  • n. That which puts one out of breath, as violent exercise.
  • n. a pause to catch one's breath, or for some other form of rest or refreshment; -- often used in the phrase to take a breather, i.e. to pause for refreshment.
  • n. a vent in a container to allow equalization of internal and external pressure.
  • n. an air intake pipe to provide air to machinery or people submerged or otherwise sealed off from the outside.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who breathes or lives.
  • n. One who utters or whispers.
  • n. One who animates or inspires.
  • n. Anything, as a walk, gymnastic exercise, etc., that stimulates or gives healthy action to the breathing organs.

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

  • n. air passage provided by a retractable device containing intake and exhaust pipes; permits a submarine to stay submerged for extended periods of time
  • n. a short respite


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