Definitions

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Drawn in incompletely; imperfectly inspired: as, short-drawn breath.

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Examples

  • “I fear you not, Sir Knight,” replied Rebecca, although her short-drawn breath seemed to belie the heroism of her accents; “my trust is strong, and I fear thee not.”

    Ivanhoe

  • They swathed his body closely but not too tightly, wincing at the short-drawn breaths that signalled the damage within.

    Brother Cadfael's Penance

  • Whilst his antagonist, with inflamed features and short-drawn breath, and reeking with perspiration, was toiling after the ball, the Navarrese went through the same, or a greater amount of exertion, without the least appearance of distress.

    Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 62, Number 361, November, 1845.

  • ` ` I fear you not, Sir Knight, '' replied Rebecca, although her short-drawn breath seemed to belie the heroism of her accents my trust is strong, and I fear thee not. ''

    Ivanhoe

  • Could Lucilla have looked through the floor, she would have seen Robert with elbows on the window-sill, and hands locked over his knitted brows; and could she have interpreted his short-drawn sighs, she would have heard, 'Poor child! poor child!

    Hopes and Fears or, scenes from the life of a spinster

  • As she advanced to him, however, she could discover by his short-drawn sobs that it was a paroxysm of mental agony.

    Old Mortality, Complete

  • "I fear you not, Sir Knight," replied Rebecca, although her short-drawn breath seemed to belie the heroism of her accents; "my trust is strong, and I fear thee not."

    Ivanhoe

  • "I fear you not, Sir Knight," replied Rebecca, although her short-drawn breath seemed to belie the heroism of her accents my trust is strong, and I fear thee not. "

    Ivanhoe. A Romance

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