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  • v. Present participle of respire.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A breathing; a breath.


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  • Okay, the microbes may be respiring breathing, if you will in the ice, but how could they possibly reproduce and keep their community from disappearing?

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  • "What?" said Ro impatiently, respiring heavily, clutching his unbuckled belt.


  • My hands are somehow wrapped around David Brooks 'neck, and I appear to preventing him from properly respiring?

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  • Perry said the oil droplets in the water "are just the right size that probably in the process of swimming or respiring, they're brought into that cavity."

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  • Insurers are quite happy with Obama now too since they get many mechanisms by which they get to pretty much set prices as they like, plus every respiring individual on US soil will be compelled by force of law to consume their products.

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  • The beast on that rolling meadow looks for all the world like a living dinosaur -- a real, respiring, mothering, thundering, leaf-chomping Brachiosaurus.

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  • But in the present circumstances humans are adding CO2 to the atmosphere and while it will slowly be taken up in various ways, plants liking CO2, most of the CO2 cycle comes from plants photosynthizing and then respiring, with animals eating plants and respiring so that even a small increase via humans can result in significant increases in the atmospheric CO2.

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  • He stood rigid for hours it seemed like, scarcely respiring.

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  • Walk along one of the many cattle-tracks through the forest, where all the trees are respiring.

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  • It is hence also clear why respiring animals are suffocated in water and fishes in air.

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