Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Breathing with difficulty; gasping.
  • adjective Excited or tense, often to the point of holding the breath.
  • adjective Tense or exciting, often in causing or being characterized by holding of the breath.
  • adjective Not breathing; without breath.
  • adjective Dead.
  • adjective Having no air or breeze; still.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • 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 the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

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

Etymologies

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

breath +‎ -less

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