breather

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n breather air passage provided by a retractable device containing intake and exhaust pipes; permits a submarine to stay submerged for extended periods of time
    • n breather a short respite
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Breather a pause to catch one's breath, or for some other form of rest or refreshment; -- often used in the phrase to take a breather, i.e. to pause for refreshment.
    • Breather a vent in a container to allow equalization of internal and external pressure.
    • Breather an air intake pipe to provide air to machinery or people submerged or otherwise sealed off from the outside.
    • Breather One who animates or inspires.
    • Breather One who breathes.
    • Breather One who lives.
    • Breather One who utters.
    • Breather That which puts one out of breath, as violent exercise.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n breather One who breathes or lives.
    • n breather One who utters or whispers.
    • n breather One who animates or inspires.
    • n breather Anything, as a walk, gymnastic exercise, etc., that stimulates or gives healthy action to the breathing organs.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Breather one who breathes or lives: a spell of exercise
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
See Breath.

Usage

In literature:

After a child has used a pacifier or comforter for some time it invariably becomes a mouth breather.
"The Eugenic Marriage, Vol 2 (of 4)" by W. Grant Hague
They have taken you for a fire-eater and a smoke-breather, and when you drew the flame from your lungs it was too much for them.
"Pharaoh's Broker" by Ellsworth Douglass
If you are a heavy breather you sweep the ceiling clear of flies and cobwebs while you sleep.
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 158, May 19, 1920" by Various
So I am going to give Osgood another "breather" on foot instead.
"The Letters of Charles Dickens" by Charles Dickens
We'd better give the mokes a breather while we can.
"Stingaree" by E. W. (Ernest William) Hornung
The atmosphere may be poisonous for an oxygen breather, but taken by itself it's as harmless as weak beer.
"Deathworld" by Harry Harrison
For Pomeroy, the Grinnell contest had customarily been booked as a "breather" between big games.
"Interference and Other Football Stories" by Harold M. Sherman
He is a heavy breather sometimes.
"The Pines of Lory" by John Ames Mitchell
Deep breathers are seldom mentally weak because deep breathing develops Will power.
"The Colored Girl Beautiful" by E. Azalia Hackley
Oxygen breathers, from the looks of their gas storage.
"Derelict" by Alan Edward Nourse
Not long did it take, and then, at a word from Sketchley, all halted for a hurried breather.
"Harley Greenoak's Charge" by Bertram Mitford
Just a breather for a good French plane.
"Air Service Boys Over The Rhine" by Charles Amory Beach
I think everybody's brain, and nerves, could use a breather.
"Project Cyclops" by Thomas Hoover
Many stutterers are for one reason or another mouth breathers.
"Psychotherapy" by James J. Walsh
So during the night I opened the port-hole to get a breather.
"Rounding up the Raider" by Percy F. Westerman
You are Terah, the breather of good.
"The Village of Youth" by Bessie Hatton
Insufferably hot, he had put on an oilskin and had gone out for a breather.
"The Wireless Officer" by Percy F. Westerman
A child suffering from these growths is known as a "mouth breather" because the mouth is opened in order to get more air.
"A Civic Biology" by George William Hunter
The meaning of it is, the Breather.
"Demonology and Devil-lore" by Moncure Daniel Conway
We'll take a breather.
"The Great Airship." by F. S. Brereton
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In poetry:

Santa SPIRITA, breather, life,
Beyond the light, lighter than light,
Beyond the flames of hell—joyous, leaping easily above hell;
Beyond Paradise—perfumed solely with mine own perfume;
"Chanting The Square Deific" by Walt Whitman
And from the sacred golden cup
A subtle incense floated up
And filled the conscious air,
Which, when she breather, the fair Elaine
Forgot her grief, forgot her pain.
Forgot her sore despair.
"The Vision Of The Holy Grail" by Eugene Field
I'm longin' for a breather, for I've done my nerve a lot,
When suddenly she starts on "Love," an' makes the pace reel hot.
In half a jiff she has me on the ropes, an' breathin' hard,
With not a fight inside me - I can only duck an' guard.
"Red Robin" by C J Dennis

In news:

I had a customer ask for a pair of MSD magnetos and a breather for a 1/16 scale pro mod he was building.
MSD pro 44 magneto and breather - posted in Links, Advertisers, and Web Sites: I had a customer ask for a pair of MSD magnetos and a breather for a 1/16 scale pro mod he was building.
Going against self-serious type, Eddie Vedder releases an album of -- truth in advertising -- ukulele songs, taking a breather from Pearl Jam's big-rock caravan.
Rock climbing guide and personal trainer Dennis George takes a breather on Mount Whitney 's East Buttress.
An adolescent boy takes a breather from a paintball game to talk to an unseen filmmaker.
It's got fire breathers, feathers, fireworks and a whole lot of people shakin it for the camera.
Lobbyists typically can take a breather when Congress takes its July 4 recess.
Thorsby quarterback Braden McRae slips loose of the grip of a Verbena defender (above) and then takes a breather on the sidelines (right) during Friday's varsity football game against rival Verbena.
Perhaps not, but coupled with a breather of a stretch, a couple of wins for the Bengals could at least return the team to TV in Cincinnati soon.
State sure could use a breather.
Fitness fanatic Jake Gyllenhaal is taking a breather.
Madison Franks, at bottom, rests on the ground with her shopping companions as they take a breather at Yorktown Center Mall.
Then there was the year two older fawns lazily lolled in our backyard, just taking a breather.
SEC takes a breather against the FCS before rivalry weekend.
Mary Davidson, 27, left, and her bride Monica Rozgay, 29, take a breather outside in advance of their official midnight ceremony at The Seattle Yacht Club early Sunday December 9, 2012.
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In science:

These extra harmonics are significatively larger for breathers with soft on– site potentials, as studied in the next section.
Stationary and moving breathers in a simplified model of curved alpha--helix proteins
Left: Dependence of the breather profile with hard on–site potential for a curved chain on the curvature at constant energy.
Stationary and moving breathers in a simplified model of curved alpha--helix proteins
Right: Plot of the breather frequency (dots) and the linear spectrum with respect to the curvature. E = 0.3064, ε = 0.05, µ = 0.5.
Stationary and moving breathers in a simplified model of curved alpha--helix proteins
The observation of figure 8 shows that for frequencies above the top of the phonon band, i.e., slightly below 1.1 for the parameters in the figure, it is only possible to continue the breather with the curvature at constant frequency until it approaches the top mode frequency curve.
Stationary and moving breathers in a simplified model of curved alpha--helix proteins
Let us mention that all the breathers described here are linearly stable, i.e. all their Floquet eigenvalues have modulus 1.
Stationary and moving breathers in a simplified model of curved alpha--helix proteins
The hard breathers in this system are always stable.
Stationary and moving breathers in a simplified model of curved alpha--helix proteins
This will be of special interest in the section of moving breathers.
Stationary and moving breathers in a simplified model of curved alpha--helix proteins
For stationary breathers, we are interested in values of the parameters where the dipole interaction is significant and the nonlinearity is weak.
Stationary and moving breathers in a simplified model of curved alpha--helix proteins
We must emphasize this point: in the breather literature path continuation is usually done at constant frequency, which is a natural consequence of the theorems of existence from the anticontinuous limit.
Stationary and moving breathers in a simplified model of curved alpha--helix proteins
This characteristic opens the possibility of spectroscopic analysis to check the existence of breathers in biomolecules and eventually to measure curvatures.
Stationary and moving breathers in a simplified model of curved alpha--helix proteins
Thus, the variation of the breather with the curvature mimics an adiabatic process of bending.
Stationary and moving breathers in a simplified model of curved alpha--helix proteins
The frequencies of another breather with lower energy and higher frequency is also represented in this figure.
Stationary and moving breathers in a simplified model of curved alpha--helix proteins
The exact stability analysis has been done calculating the Floquet eigenvalues, but we prefer to plot here the breather frequency, the linear spectrum and 1.5 times the breather frequency.
Stationary and moving breathers in a simplified model of curved alpha--helix proteins
The same figure shows the frequency of a breather with higher energy corresponding to a frequency ωb = 0.9 at κ = 0.
Stationary and moving breathers in a simplified model of curved alpha--helix proteins
Note that both breathers tend to the same frequency as the curvature increases and that breathers with energy slightly below E = 0.35 avoid the secondary bifurcations, because the 1.5 ωb curve does not intersect the phonon band.
Stationary and moving breathers in a simplified model of curved alpha--helix proteins
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