breath

Definitions

  • Breathed in his Face 339
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  • WordNet 3.6
    • n breath the process of taking in and expelling air during breathing "he took a deep breath and dived into the pool","he was fighting to his last breath"
    • n breath an indirect suggestion "not a breath of scandal ever touched her"
    • n breath a slight movement of the air "there wasn't a breath of air in the room"
    • n breath the air that is inhaled and exhaled in respiration "his sour breath offended her"
    • n breath a short respite
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Additional illustrations & photos:

ALL WAS SO QUIET THAT HE COULD HEAR EVERY BREATH HE DREW ALL WAS SO QUIET THAT HE COULD HEAR EVERY BREATH HE DREW
LARVA OF BAËTIS, WITH BREATHING PADDLES, MAGNIFIED LARVA OF BAËTIS, WITH BREATHING PADDLES, MAGNIFIED
"Choked and strangled by the foul breath of the chimneys over there." "Choked and strangled by the foul breath of the chimneys over there."

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Turtles can breathe through their butts
    • Breath A single respiration, or the time of making it; a single act; an instant. "He smiles and he frowns in a breath ."
    • Breath A single word; the slightest effort; a trifle. "A breath can make them, as a breath has made."
    • Breath A very slight breeze; air in gentle motion. "Calm and unruffled as a summer's sea,
      when not a breath of wind flies o'er its surface."
    • Breath Fig.: That which gives or strengthens life. "The earthquake voice of victory,
      To thee the breath of life ."
    • Breath Fragrance; exhalation; odor; perfume. "The breath of flowers."
    • Breath Gentle exercise, causing a quicker respiration. "An after dinner's breath ."
    • Breath The act of breathing naturally or freely; the power or capacity to breathe freely; as, I am out of breath .
    • Breath The air inhaled and exhaled in respiration; air which, in the process of respiration, has parted with oxygen and has received carbonic acid, aqueous vapor, warmth, etc. "Melted as breath into the wind."
    • Breath The power of respiration, and hence, life. "Thou takest away their breath , they die."
    • Breath Time to breathe; respite; pause. "Give me some breath , some little pause."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: In the first century, people used to drink goats milk to sweeten their breath
    • n breath Vapor; steam; exhalation.
    • n breath The air inhaled and exhaled in respiration.
    • n breath Ability to breathe; life as dependent on respiration.
    • n breath The state or power of breathing freely: as, to be out of breath; to be in breath.
    • n breath A single act of breathing; a respiration: as, he swears at every breath; to draw a full breath.
    • n breath Hence The time of a single respiration; a single act; an instant.
    • n breath Respite; pause; time to breathe.
    • n breath A gentle exercise, causing a quicker respiration.
    • n breath A respiratory movement, as of free air; a blowing.
    • n breath Spoken words; speech.
    • n breath A mere word; a trivial circumstance; a thing without substance; a trifle.
    • n breath An odorous exhalation.
    • n breath In philology, a breathing; aspiration; aspirate sound.
    • n breath Opinion; sentiments: as, I would fain hear his breath on this matter.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: A turtle can breathe through its butt.
    • n Breath breth the air drawn into and then expelled from the lungs: power of breathing: life: the time occupied by once breathing: a very slight breeze
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Quotations

  • Harper Lee
    Harper Lee
    “Until I feared I would lose it, I never loved to read. One does not love breathing.”
  • Sir Nathan Rothschild
    Sir Nathan Rothschild
    “I've got to keep breathing. It'll be my worst business mistake if I don't.”
  • Jerry Adler
    Jerry Adler
    “It's a morbid observation, but if every one on earth just stopped breathing for an hour, the greenhouse effect would no longer be a problem.”
  • Erma Bombeck
    Erma%20Bombeck
    “The only reason I would take up jogging is so that I could hear heavy breathing again.”
  • Alexander Pope
    Alexander%20Pope
    “What's fame? a fancy'd life in other's breath. A thing beyond us, even before our death.”
  • Jean Jacques Rousseau
    Jean%20Jacques%20Rousseau
    “Fame is but the breath of people, and that often unwholesome.”

Idioms

Bated breath - If someone says they're waiting with bated breath, they're very excited and find it difficult to be patient.('Baited breath' is a common mistake.)
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Breathe down your neck - If someone follows you or examines what you're doing very closely, they are breathing down your neck.
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Breathe life into - If you breathe life into something, you give people involved more energy and enthusiasm again. ('Breathe new life' is also used.)
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Breathe your last - When you breathe your last, you die.
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Don't hold your breath - If you are told not to hold your breath, it means that you shouldn't have high expectations about something.
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Take your breath away - If something takes your breath away, it astonishes or surprises you.
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Under your breath - If you say something under your breath, you whisper or say it very quietly.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. breth, breeth, AS. brǣð, odor, scent, breath; cf. OHG. brādam, steam, vapor, breath, G. brodem, and possibly E. Brawn, and Breed
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. brǽth; Ger. brodem, steam, breath.

Usage

In literature:

Budge lay close to him, and not far back were Throppy, Percy, and Filippo, hardly daring to breathe.
"Jim Spurling, Fisherman" by Albert Walter Tolman
If after exercising, the breathing becomes labored and distressed, it is an unmistakable sign that the work has been excessive.
"Manual of Military Training" by James A. Moss
I have often observed, Mrs. B., that when I walk out in frosty weather, with a veil over my face, my breath freezes upon it.
"Conversations on Chemistry, V. 1-2" by Jane Marcet
Long breaths of wakefulness changed into the even breathing of slumber.
"The Dop Doctor" by Clotilde Inez Mary Graves
So they faced each other, while Billy Louise backed against the wall and took two sharp breaths.
"The Ranch at the Wolverine" by B. M. Bower
The first thing you did when you came into this world was to inspire, that is, to breathe in.
"What a Young Woman Ought to Know" by Mary Wood-Allen
The dining room door opened and she tried to stifle her swiftly coming breaths.
"Rose O'Paradise" by Grace Miller White
He could feel Sordello's breath on his palm, slow and steady, the breath of a sleeping man.
"The Saracen: Land of the Infidel" by Robert Shea
He took deep, relieved breaths when the constraint was gone.
"The Saracen: The Holy War" by Robert Shea
An attempt at grinning ended in a hissing sob of in-taken breath.
"Peter the Brazen" by George F. Worts
We must have air to breathe and warmth for our bodies.
"The Copper-Clad World" by Harl Vincent
The breath quite crushed out of him, he was forced to rise to the surface for air.
"In the Morning of Time" by Charles G. D. Roberts
But he held his breath and slowly the sick feeling died away.
"Shaman" by Robert Shea
He swore under his breath, and the steersman who had wrought the harm by holding on too long wilted under his eye.
"The Wild Geese" by Stanley John Weyman
He heard his deep gulping breathing, felt his hot breath against his neck.
"The Web of the Golden Spider" by Frederick Orin Bartlett
Its breath was but one breath.
"The Prisoner" by Alice Brown
His breath, if one had stood close enough to smell it, was heavy with whiskey.
"The Country Beyond" by James Oliver Curwood
The air he was breathing was not the air he had breathed in the hall.
"The Valley of Silent Men" by James Oliver Curwood
Jamie and Vada paused only till the grown-up eyes were turned in their direction, then their chorus broke out in one breath.
"The Twins of Suffering Creek" by Ridgwell Cullum
The smoke goes back to the blood and is carried to the lungs, and breathed out with the breath.
"Applied Physiology" by Frank Overton
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In poetry:

Twisted faces.
Oppression’s breath.
Dimming lights.
The city is death.
"The City" by Eberhard Arnold
Young life is breathed
On the glass;
The world that was not
Comes to pass.
"Ecce Puer" by James Joyce
One more Unfortunate
Weary of breath
Rashly importunate,
Gone to her death!
"The Bridge of Sighs" by Thomas Hood
My very breath
Disowned
In nights of study,
And page by page
I came on spring.
"Dark spring" by Yvor Winters
Cut grass lies frail:
Brief is the breath
Mown stalks exhale.
Long, long the death
"Cut Grass" by Philip Larkin
Still the rapt faces
Glow from the furnace:
Breath of the smithy
Scorches their brows.
"England My Mother" by William Watson

In news:

A Louisiana man died at his own "Wrestlemania 28" party after he refused to "tap out" of his younger, much smaller cousin's "rear naked choke hold ," causing him to stop breathing, police said.
Van der Werve catches his breath.
Breathing in and out - it's that simple.
Everyday tasks can make you short of breath.
Being short of breath is not normal.
Olivia Bernard wants to make sure Augusta breathes easy.
I remember reading something you wrote a long time ago about the proper way to breathe for people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease .
An old church building is having new life breathed into its aging structure through the hard work of the Rev.
Michaelson keeps breathing, churning out charming pop songs.
Isaak Lasson can finally breathe at night — now that the Lego piece that's been jammed up his nose for three years has been removed.
He was trapped and was unable to breathe for some time.
SEQUIM — Well-known North Olympic Peninsula civic leader and humanitarian Tom Schaafsma was breathing on his own Sunday at a Seattle hospital after a tractor rolled over and trapped him two days earlier.
A doctor might use an introspective approach, forcing claustrophobic patients to experience the physical sensations by making them breathe through a straw or spin in the chair.
I n the small Class of 1925 Gallery at the Memorial Union, a quiet, nearly transparent installation takes my breath away.
According to the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation, clinical death is the medical term for cessation of blood circulation and breathing, which are two necessary criteria to sustain life.
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In science:

One way to breathe life into the Boltzmann distribution is by constructing a compelling and honest correspondence between biological cartoons and their statistical mechanical meaning.
A First Exposure to Statistical Mechanics for Life Scientists
Discrepancy of the power spectra of human breath rate data (solid line) and 19 AAFT surrogates (dashed lines).
Improved surrogate data for nonlinearity tests
Experimental measurements of θ have been conducted in breath figures , and in a system of nematic liquid crystal akin to the 2d Ising model dynamics .
Analytical results for generalized persistence properties of smooth processes
The two ma jor uncertainties are related to the possible existence of breathing pulses (see Castellani et al. 1985, Caputo et al. 1986) and the possible existence of a sizeable convective core overshoot.
Constraints on the Progenitors of SNeIa & Implications for the Cosmological Equation of State
As recently pointed out by Imbriani et al. (2001), since breathing pulses increase the late core He-burning lifetime, they significantly reduce the central C/O.
Constraints on the Progenitors of SNeIa & Implications for the Cosmological Equation of State
In the models presented in this paper, we have neglected breathing pulses and convective core overshoot.
Constraints on the Progenitors of SNeIa & Implications for the Cosmological Equation of State
The details of the central structure and evolution in the convective He burning core depend sensitively on the treatment of convection, semi-convection, overshooting, and breathing pulses (Lattanzio 1991, Schaller et al. 1991, Bressan et al. 1993, Vassiliadis & Wood 1993).
Constraints on the Progenitors of SNeIa & Implications for the Cosmological Equation of State
The line breath of this process is readily calculated from elementary kinetic theory taking into account that the media in which the process takes place has an optical depth directly related to the usual Compton parameter y .
The Sunyaev-Zel'dovich effect revisited
Note that the position of the TAEHB is model-dependent, because poorly understood processes such as semiconvection and convective instabilities (breathing pulses, Castellani et al. 1985) play a role.
Spectral analysis of sdB stars from the Hamburg Quasar Survey
Refuge areas will be used within the facility for staging areas to prepare for evacuation in the event of a fire or other emergency. These areas will contain surface communications equipment and self-contained breathing apparatus for use during evacuation.
Reference Design Project Book: NUSEL-Homestake
Time and power spectrum plots for the first eight seconds of the thoracic breathing data.
Techniques for noise removal from EEG, EOG and air flow signals in sleep patients
The sampling rate was 25 Hz, allowing the capture of relatively slow breathing signals.
Techniques for noise removal from EEG, EOG and air flow signals in sleep patients
Given the breath of such problems today, how the spins couple to the lattice and an approach to calculate the relevant parameters of such a theory from first-principles are important questions that needed to be addressed.
Magnetic-induced phonon anisotropy in ZnCr$_2$O$_4$ from first principles
A1g ) are the breathing modes of the ZnO4 cluster, with the clusters vibrating in the unit cell out-of-phase and in-phase, respectively.
Lattice Dynamics of Metal-Organic Frameworks (MOFs): Neutron Inelastic Scattering and First-Principles Calculations
Using a breath-first search among all circuits composed of σx , CNOT, and Toffoli gates, we found the minimal realization shown together with the circuit Q1 in Fig. 4. V I I .
Non-Additive Quantum Codes from Goethals and Preparata Codes
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