• Breathed in his Face 339
    Breathed in his Face 339
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v breathe draw air into, and expel out of, the lungs "I can breathe better when the air is clean","The patient is respiring"
    • v breathe expel (gases or odors)
    • v breathe reach full flavor by absorbing air and being let to stand after having been uncorked "This rare Bordeaux must be allowed to breathe for at least 2 hours"
    • v breathe take a short break from one's activities in order to relax
    • v breathe manifest or evince "She breathes the Christian spirit"
    • v breathe utter or tell "not breathe a word"
    • v breathe impart as if by breathing "He breathed new life into the old house"
    • v breathe be alive "Every creature that breathes"
    • v breathe allow the passage of air through "Our new synthetic fabric breathes and is perfect for summer wear"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

"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: We lose half a litre of water a day through breathing. This is the water vapour we see when we breathe onto glass.
    • Breathe To act upon by the breath; to cause to sound by breathing. "They breathe the flute."
    • Breathe To emit or utter by the breath; to utter softly; to whisper; as, to breathe a vow. "He softly breathed thy name.""Or let the church, our mother, breathe her curse,
      A mother's curse, on her revolting son."
    • Breathe To exhale; to emit, as breath; as, the flowers breathe odors or perfumes.
    • Breathe To express; to manifest; to give forth. "Others articles breathe the same severe spirit."
    • Breathe To inhale and exhale in the process of respiration; to respire. "To view the light of heaven, and breathe the vital air."
    • Breathe To inject by breathing; to infuse; -- with into. "Able to breathe life into a stone.""And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life."
    • Breathe To pass like breath; noiselessly or gently; to exhale; to emanate; to blow gently. "The air breathes upon us here most sweetly.""There breathes a living fragrance from the shore."
    • Breathe To promote free respiration in; to exercise. "And every man should beat thee. I think thou wast created for men to breathe themselves upon thee."
    • Breathe To put out of breath; to exhaust. "Mr. Tulkinghorn arrives in his turret room, a little breathed by the journey up."
    • Breathe To respire; to inhale and exhale air; hence;, to live. "I am in health, I breathe .""Breathes there a man with soul so dead
      Who never to himself hath said,
      This is my own, my native land!"
    • Breathe To suffer to take breath, or recover the natural breathing; to rest; as, to breathe a horse. "A moment breathed his panting steed."
    • Breathe To take breath; to rest from action. "Well! breathe awhile, and then to it again!"
    • Breathe (Phonetics) To utter without vocality, as the nonvocal consonants. "The same sound may be pronounces either breathed , voiced, or whispered.""Breathed elements, being already voiceless, remain unchanged in whispering."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: You can not kill yourself by holding your breath.
    • breathe To draw air into and expel it from the lungs; respire; figuratively, to live.
    • breathe To make a single respiration.
    • breathe To take breath; rest from action.
    • breathe To pass, as air; blow: as, “when winds breathe sweet,”
    • breathe To give utterance to disparaging or calumnious remarks; make insinuations: with upon.
    • breathe To exhale, as an odor; emanate.
    • breathe Figuratively, of inanimate things, to be instinct; be alive.
    • breathe To inhale and exhale in respiration: as, to breathe vitiated air.
    • breathe To inject by breathing; infuse: with into: as, “to breathe life into a stone,”
    • breathe To exhale; send out as breath; express; manifest.
    • breathe To exercise; keep in breath.
    • breathe To inspire or blow into; cause to sound by breathing.
    • breathe To utter; speak; whisper.
    • breathe To suffer to rest or recover breath.
    • breathe To open and bleed (a vein).
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: A woodchuck breathes 2,100 times an hour, but it only breathes ten times an hour while it is hibernating.
    • v.i Breathe brēth to draw in and expel breath or air from the lungs: to take breath, to rest or pause: to live
    • v.t Breathe to draw in and expel from the lungs, as air: to infuse: to give out as breath: to utter by the breath or softly, to whisper: to express: to keep in breath, to exercise: to tire by some brisk exercise
    • adj Breathe life-like
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  • Gay Hendricks
    Gay Hendricks
    “As we free our breath (through diaphragmatic breathing) we relax our emotions and let go our body tensions.”
  • William Londen
    William Londen
    “To insure good health: Eat lightly, breathe deeply, live moderately, cultivate cheerfulness, and maintain an interest in life.”
  • Miguel De Cervantes
    “She fights and vanquishes in me, and I live and breathe in her, and I have life and being.”
  • Jean Jacques Rousseau
    “To live is not breathing it is action.”
  • Robert Southey
    “Not where I breathe, but where I love, I live; Not where I love, but where I am, I die.”
  • Virginia Woolf
    “Where the Mind is biggest, the Heart, the Senses, Magnanimity, Charity, Tolerance, Kindliness, and the rest of them scarcely have room to breathe.”


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.)
Breathe down your neck - If someone follows you or examines what you're doing very closely, they are breathing down your neck.
Breathe life into - If you breathe life into something, you give people involved more energy and enthusiasm again. ('Breathe new life' is also used.)
Breathe your last - When you breathe your last, you die.
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.
Take your breath away - If something takes your breath away, it astonishes or surprises you.
Under your breath - If you say something under your breath, you whisper or say it very quietly.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
From Breath


In literature:

I felt a warm breath on my cheek.
"Nobody's Boy" by Hector Malot
She sized up the man in a darting glance; his swollen bulk promised shortness of breath.
"Two on the Trail" by Hulbert Footner
Henry, as he drew deep breaths of fresh air into his lungs, noticed that the sun was obscured.
"The Border Watch" by Joseph A. Altsheler
The narrow streets stopped her breath; the hubbub deadened her senses.
"The Goose Man" by Jacob Wassermann
The sound of his measured breathing startled Philip with the terror of loneliness.
"The Manxman A Novel - 1895" by Hall Caine
But if you watch your own breathing you will notice a little pause between the breaths.
"Child's Health Primer For Primary Classes" by Jane Andrews
Instantly the talking below ceased, and Alex stood rigid, scarcely breathing.
"The Young Railroaders" by Francis Lovell Coombs
No gasp, no quick breath should ever show that he was not a match for them, one and all.
"The Riflemen of the Ohio" by Joseph A. Altsheler
Hugh Ritson's pale face flushed a little, and he drew his breath hard.
"A Son of Hagar" by Sir Hall Caine
It's the breath I breathe.
"The Clansman" by Thomas Dixon

In poetry:

"Are ye wife or widow?
Tell me in a breath;
Lanely life is fearsome,
Waur nor ony death!"
"Ower The Hedge" by George MacDonald
Thrice around a maiden
Was the serpent wound;
Fire-breathing nostrils
Cast a glare around.
"Fairy Tale" by Boris Pasternak
Say never the strong heart
In the consuming breath
Cries out unto the dark
The skinny death.
"The Eagle" by Allen Tate
BREATHE thro' me in music,
Spirit of the time!
Pregnant with the future,
Spirit of the time!
"Invocation" by Mathilde Blind
Hunt ye joy with every breath,
Every breath,
Hunt it to the stream of death,
Stream of death!
"Hunting Song" by Bjornstjerne Bjornson
Latter leaves, in Autumn’s breath,
White and sere,
Sanctify the scholar’s death,
Lying here.
"James Lionel Michael" by Henry Kendall

In news:

Lite-Check is offering Certifier 912 upgrades that will breathe new life and provide new features for a 121 brake timing tester.
PITTSBURGH — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration last year initiated programs that will breathe new life into sales of smoking- cessation products.
Finding Joy in Every Breath: Book Review.
Visualization, breathing can help with resentment.
The email from the American Chemistry Council took Gretchen Lee Salter's breath away.
FAIRBANKS — A Juneau man faces a rare DUI charge for allegedly having a 0.313 breath-alcohol content as he floated through Fairbanks on an inflatable raft Sunday night.
About 8 million people go to the Emergency Room each year for shortness of breath and chest pain .
I have shortness of breath and chest pain when walking up stairs or on streets with an incline.
It freshens our breath and helps us quit smoking, but some cosmetic surgeons believe chewing gum does one more thing: It gives us wrinkles.
The US Forest Service says the chipmunk rolled up in a ball, shaking and struggling to breathe when it was discovered near the entrance to the Taylor Creek Visitor Center.
A cloud of chlorine at a local hotel forced the evacuation of one wing, while a female guest was taken to the hospital with difficulty breathing.
For at least 15 minutes before Derek Williams died in the back of a Milwaukee police squad car last July, he repeatedly told officers he couldn't breathe.
Now that summer's arrived, take a cool breath of fresh air not far from the madding crowd at the Audubon Coastal Center at Milford Point.
I live, breathe and review gadgets.
That's the sound Charlie Sheen hears every time he winks, breathes, eats, sleeps, or wakes up in the morning.

In science:

However, for the radial breathing mode the relative change is five times larger (∼10%).
Ultracold Fermi gases in the BEC-BCS crossover: a review from the Innsbruck perspective
Fig. 15. – Evidence for superfluidity in a strongly interacting Fermi gas obtained at Duke University from measurements of the damping of the radial breathing mode .
Ultracold Fermi gases in the BEC-BCS crossover: a review from the Innsbruck perspective
The inset shows a breathing oscillation (ωc/2π = 2830 Hz) at the lowest temperatures reached in the experiment.
Ultracold Fermi gases in the BEC-BCS crossover: a review from the Innsbruck perspective
Both these advantages of a spherical antenna are due to its omnidirectionality achieved by the use of six transducers placed in accordance with the truncated icosahedron configuration monitoring the quadrupole modes plus a transducer monitoring the monopole “ breathing” mode [122, 145].
The Past, Present and Future of the Resonant-Mass Gravitational Wave Detectors
The upper sign results in an acoustic mode with the velocity field of a breathing mode.
Foundations of Black Hole Accretion Disk Theory