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  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj breathing passing or able to pass air in and out of the lungs normally; sometimes used in combination "the boy was disappointed to find only skeletons instead of living breathing dinosaurs","the heavy-breathing person on the telephone"
    • n breathing the bodily process of inhalation and exhalation; the process of taking in oxygen from inhaled air and releasing carbon dioxide by exhalation
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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: Unlike most fish, electric eels cannot get enough oxygen from water. Approximately every five minutes, they must surface to breathe, or they will drown. Unlike most fish, they can swim both backwards and forwards.
    • Breathing (Gr. Gram) A mark to indicate aspiration or its absence. See Rough breathing Smooth breathing, below.
    • Breathing Air in gentle motion.
    • Breathing Also, in a wider sense, the sound caused by the friction of the outgoing breath in the throat, mouth, etc., when the glottis is wide open; aspiration; the sound expressed by the letter h.
    • Breathing Any gentle influence or operation; inspiration; as, the breathings of the Spirit.
    • Breathing Aspiration; secret prayer. "Earnest desires and breathings after that blessed state."
    • Breathing Breathing place; vent.
    • Breathing Exercising; promotion of respiration. "Here is a lady that wants breathing too;
      And I have heard, you knights of Tyre
      Are excellent in making ladies trip."
    • Breathing Respiration; the act of inhaling and exhaling air. "Subject to a difficulty of breathing ."
    • Breathing Stop; pause; delay. "You shake the head at so long a breathing ."
    • Breathing Utterance; communication or publicity by words. "I am sorry to give breathing to my purpose."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • 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.
    • n breathing Respiration; the act of inhaling and exhaling air: as,“a difficulty of breathing,”
    • n breathing Aspiration; secret prayer or desire.
    • n breathing Aërial motion; respiratory action.
    • n breathing Figuratively, a gentle influence or operation; inspiration:as, the breathings of the Spirit.
    • n breathing A breathing-place; a vent.
    • n breathing Physical exercise, from the fact that it calls the lungs into free play: as, the Oxford crew took their breathings every morning at ten.
    • n breathing Utterance; words.
    • n breathing Time taken to recover breath; hence, a stop; a delay.
    • n breathing In grammar, aspiration or its absence, or a sign indicating it. In Greek there are two breathings—the aspirate (spiritus asper) or the rough breathing, indicated by a mark (‘)equivalent to our letter h, and the lenis (spiritus lenis) or the smooth breathing (’), indicating simply the absence of the rough. Thus òς is equal to hos, but ìς to is.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: When Thomas Edison died in 1941; Henry Ford captured his last dying breath in a bottle.
    • Breathing the act of breathing: aspiration, secret prayer: respite
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  • Edward F. Halifax
    “The invisible thing called a Good Name is made up of the breath of numbers that speak well of you.”
  • Sir Walter Scott
    “Breathes there the man with soul so dead, Who never to himself hath said, This is my own, my native land!”
  • Federico Garcia Lorca
    Federico Garcia Lorca
    “With their souls of patent leather, they come down the road. Hunched and nocturnal, where they breathe they impose, silence of dark rubber, and fear of fine sand.”
  • Maurice Mascaranhas
    Maurice Mascaranhas
    “Profits are like breathing. You have to have them. But who would stay alive just to breathe?”
  • Richard A. Nelson
    Richard A. Nelson
    “When you are through improving yourself, you are out of the game. You learn until your last breath.”
  • Lord Byron
    “Sleep hath its own world, and a wide realm of wild reality. And dreams in their development have breath, and tears, and tortures, and the touch of joy.”


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.


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
See Breath.


In literature:

The beginner is often helped in acquiring a deep breath by slowly sipping breath.
"Resonance in Singing and Speaking" by Thomas Fillebrown
The Syndic drew a long fluttering breath, a breath of returning life, of returning hope.
"The Long Night" by Stanley Weyman
His eyes darted over the paragraph, and he drew a long, gasping breath.
"Jack Haydon's Quest" by John Finnemore
Take a single instance, breath-control.
"Voice Production in Singing and Speaking" by Wesley Mills
He almost thought he could hear her breathe.
"The Child of Pleasure" by Gabriele D'Annunzio
People have said that they cannot see when I breathe.
"Caruso and Tetrazzini on the Art of Singing" by Enrico Caruso and Luisa Tetrazzini
The breathing is hurried.
"The Veterinarian" by Chas. J. Korinek
Space narrowed until he felt he could not breathe.
"The Best Short Stories of 1915" by Various
The man on the bed was breathing heavily, his lips moving at every breath in a way to form a grimace.
"The Seventh Noon" by Frederick Orin Bartlett
Monte felt his breath coming fast.
"The Triflers" by Frederick Orin Bartlett

In poetry:

Dark is the dawn and chill,
Daylight is on the hill,
Night is the flitting breath,
Day rides the hills of death.
"Death" by Paul Laurence Dunbar
That voice of eloquence no more
Suspends the breath;
Its matchless power to charm is o'er--
'Tis hushed in death!
"Henry Clay" by Effie Afton
'His error upon him may fall;
He will not breathe a nay.
I am his helpless mate in all,
Except for grace to pray.
"Archduchess Anne" by George Meredith
Timidly the brook stole by,
While the beds of blossom
Breathed their perfume joyously
On the still night's bosom.
"The Postilion" by Nikolaus Lenau
And should at last suddenly
Fly the speeding death:
The four great quarters of heaven
Receive this little breath.
"The Approach" by Robert Nichols
Though all things breathe or sound of fight
That yet make up your spell,
To bid you were to bid the light
"Adieux à Marie Stuart" by Algernon Charles Swinburne

In news:

Yogis know that breathing is more than a necessity, it's a luxury, especially in times of stress.
Just five minutes of deep breathing can calm your mind and diminish the stress-related.
Cleveland researchers use experimental nerve 'bridge' to restore breathing in rats with spinal cord injuries (video).
Breathing In , Breathing Out Meditation.
Thich Nhat Hanh introduces you to the miracle that happens when we attend solely to our breath.
Members of "Team Sara Jane" at last year's Free to Breathe 5K Run/Walk.
Breathing In, Breathing Out Meditation.
Obama's victory gives management reformers breathing room .
Billboard deal ruling gives breathing room to craft a better plan for the futures.
Apple iPad Mini price gives rivals breathing room .
Physicians Have Breathing Room on ICD-10 Readiness.
Get chills reading Breathing Room .
Increase in oil revenue amid unrest in Arab world gives Russia some breathing room .
This extra breathing room is quite welcome.
Extension = breathing room for Coop.

In science:

What is it that breathes fire into the equations and makes a universe for them to describe? The usual approach of science of constructing a mathematical model cannot answer the questions of why there should be a universe for the model to describe. (S.
Permutation Orbifolds in Conformal Field Theories and String Theory
In a landscape setting the lifting height of e.g. solar modules could be lower and for example integrated in flat valleys, in this case the up and down moving solar modules would rather look as a “breathing solar plant”, and for the masses to be lifted, one could use excavated material or concrete.
Storing unsteady energy, like photovoltaically generated electric energy, as potential energy
Misbah C., Vacil lating breathing and tumbling of vesicles under shear flow, Phys.
The camera method, or how to track numerically a deformable particle moving in a fluid network
It reflects the regularity with which we walk, breathe, as well as the periodicity in numerous cyclical natural phenomena.
Music in Terms of Science
In this way he breathes life into what would otherwise be a mechanical thing, transforming the music into a free flow of thought and feeling.
Music in Terms of Science