take a breath

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v take a breath draw air into, and expel out of, the lungs "I can breathe better when the air is clean","The patient is respiring"
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Quotations

  • Etty Hillesum
    Etty Hillesum
    “Sometimes the most important thing in a whole day is the rest we take between two deep breaths, or the turning inwards in prayer for five short minutes.”

Usage

In literature:

I held on there for a minute or two to take breath, and then fought on again.
"In Direst Peril" by David Christie Murray
Taking in a long breath the boy suddenly darted away.
"Phil Bradley's Mountain Boys" by Silas K. Boone
Taking a long breath, he grabbed his creese and dived.
"The Adventures of Piang the Moro Jungle Boy" by Florence Partello Stuart
Taking a deep breath, he opened it and stepped inside.
"The K-Factor" by Harry Harrison (AKA Henry Maxwell Dempsey)
He spent some time considering it, and then, taking a deep breath, he forced it out of his mind.
"Pagan Passions" by Gordon Randall Garrett
I plunged ahead, as I saw Kramer take a breath and wrinkle his brow, about to make his pitch.
"Greylorn" by John Keith Laumer
Not until I had run for a good half-hour did I stop to take breath.
"The Dean's Watch" by Erckmann-Chatrian
Take a good breath of bad manners.
"Clair de Lune" by Michael Strange
Actuated by these friendly feelings, he gives the knight a look which nearly takes his breath away.
"The Youth of Jefferson" by Anonymous
Just keep your mouth above water while you take a good long breath, and then shut it again.
"Jack at Sea" by George Manville Fenn
Piney sat down on Steering's bunk for a moment to take breath.
"Sally of Missouri" by R. E. Young
However, he kept on, and each time he reached a projection he would stop and take breath.
"Godfrey Morgan" by Jules Verne
His was a calm to take one's breath away.
"Chance" by Joseph Conrad
Norma paused on the crowded sidewalk, to take breath beneath the shade of a friendly awning.
"The Angel of the Tenement" by George Madden Martin
Billie lifted the rifle and, taking a long breath, aimed at his foot.
"The Motor Maids at Sunrise Camp" by Katherine Stokes
I waited a moment, to take breath, which had failed me suddenly; then I went back downstairs.
"The Idler Magazine, Vol III. May 1893" by Various
Vary the exercise by standing still, taking as long a breath as possible and holding it for several seconds.
"The Woman Beautiful" by Helen Follett Stevans
The latter, panting after the effort made in ascending the man-ropes, takes a moment's time to recover breath.
"The Flag of Distress" by Mayne Reid
Taking a deep breath, he thought he smelled smoke.
"Hunters Out of Space" by Joseph Everidge Kelleam
Oi left him in his little bed a whoile ago to take a bit av a breath, which Oi naded.
"Frank Merriwell's Son" by Burt L. Standish
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In poetry:

Spring, the low prelude of a lordlier song:
Summer, a music without hint of death:
Autumn, a cadence lingeringly long:
Winter, a pause;--the Minstrel-Year takes breath.
"Epigrams" by William Watson
A breath went through the Universe, and shook
All things to music, and a mighty voice
Roll'd upward like a psalm, and whisper'd, "Take
The task of poet, and be half a god."
"The Poet--A Dream" by Alexander Anderson
Take a brave long breath and toward the summit hie thee--
The goal shall draw thee on;
When thou think'st it least, the destined end is nigh thee--
Sudden, the journey's done!
"At Forty Years" by Friedrich Ruckert
Ah, over-wise those strange deep eyes!
They master me, they take my breath;
In them a nameless mystery lies….
They burn with life that joy bringeth,
They gleam through shining mists of death.
"Aoede" by Maurice Thompson
Though many ways his death I've planned
And slain him, as I've said,
He takes a lot of killing and
He'll never stay long dead.
And, though, each day i cause his death,
I know he'll live while I have breath.
"The Corpse That Won't Lie Still" by C J Dennis
I feel as if a spirit's wing came near and brush'd my heart,
And bade, before I yield to sleep, earth's heavy cares depart;
Father, in all simplicity: I breathe the prayer I love,
Oh, watch around my slumbering form, or take my soul above,
"My Piazza." by Caroline Howard Gilman

In news:

Take a deep breath and cancel the service.
Take a deep breath and enjoy the season.
"It comes back to Mama saying, 'Take a deep breath ,' " Grossman said.
If you answered, "Take a deep breath and then do some careful legal and financial planning".
A coastal drive that will take your breath away.
Take a deep breath, Georgia fans.
My mother always told me to cure hiccups by taking a deep breath and holding it.
Everyone take a deep breath.
0This Sell It @ 7 home features a breath-taking layout indoors, a wonderful view of the Belmont Country Club, and an indoor pool.
Ready to take a deep breath, fire up a few browser tabs, and get some variety in your news.
"Take a deep breath," says Klein, "and get to the injured person safely".
Much of college football fandom is taking a breath and waiting for next month's Notre Dame-Alabama game, which will determine the BCS champion.
Take a breath instead of jumping to rash conclusions about what's “normal.”.
Take a deep breath and focus.
BLOOMINGTON — Take a deep breath and try to remain calm, Bedford North Lawrence girls basketball fans.
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In science:

Ms. Green is giving a lecture on animals‟ breathing mechanisms in her life -science class. She introduces the lecture by raising questions regarding the breathing of different animals on earth, and in the water and air. Pupils interact with her and take notes on the introduction she dictates.
U-Note: Capture the Class and Access it Everywhere
We now take a deep breath preparing for the last stretch of the proof, and consider the case of arbitrary F := Fσ (u) − {I , J, K, L}.
Moduli stacks $\bar{L}_{g,S}$
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