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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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