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Definitions of breath

  1. absorb air and reach optimal flavor, of wine; " This rare Bordeaux must be allowed to breathe for at least 2 hours"
  2. 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"
  3. an indirect suggestion; " not a breath of scandal ever touched her"
  4. a slight movement of the air; " there wasn't a breath of air in the room"
  5. the air that is inhaled and exhaled in respiration; " his sour breath offended her"
  6. a short respite
  7. 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.
  8. The act of breathing naturally or freely; the power or capacity to breathe freely; as, I am out of breath.
  9. The power of respiration, and hence, life.
  10. Time to breathe; respite; pause.
  11. A single respiration, or the time of making it; a single act; an instant.
  12. Fig.: That which gives or strengthens life.
  13. A single word; the slightest effort; a trifle.
  14. A very slight breeze; air in gentle motion.
  15. Fragrance; exhalation; odor; perfume.
  16. Gentle exercise, causing a quicker respiration.
  17. The air drawn in and forced out of the lungs; a single act of drawing in or forcing out air; as, to take a long breath; the power to use the lungs freely; as, to lose one's breath; life; a pause; an instant; air in gentle motion; a mere word; fragrance.
  18. 1. The respired air. 2. An inspiration.
  19. The air drawn into and then expelled from the lungs: power of breathing, life: the time occupied by once breathing: a very slight breeze.
  20. Air respired; life; a gentle breeze; a moment.
  21. Air respired; respiration; life.
  22. A breathing- time; pause; instant.
  23. The air inhaled and expelled in respiration; life; power of breathing freely; a single respiration; the time of a single respiration; respite, or time to breathe; a single act; an instant; breeze; air in gentle motion; a mere word; an exhalation.
  24. Air drawn into the lungs of animals and driven out from the same- in man and the more highly organised animals through the mouth and nostrils; respiration; a single drawing in and driving out of air; a gentle breeze of air; life; pause; time to breathe; an instant.
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Usage examples for breath

  1. Speak before your breath is done. – Poems by W. B. Yeats
  2. The next moment he drew a long breath. – Cord and Creese by James de Mille
  3. Dickie held his breath. – Harding's luck by E. [Edith] Nesbit
  4. " Yes," said Roderick, " I've met her," and held his breath for the next words. – The End of the Rainbow by Marian Keith
  5. Then he drew his breath quickly, and put his hand to his head. – The White Peacock by D. H. (David Herbert) Lawrence
  6. Gregg turned and caught his breath. – Colonel Carter's Christmas and The Romance of an Old-Fashioned Gentleman by F. Hopkinson Smith
  7. " Or it is the breath, perhaps. – Kildares of Storm by Eleanor Mercein Kelly
  8. And for that matter, what do you care about anything else until you get up far enough to take breath and look around? – At Good Old Siwash by George Fitch
  9. By the breath o' my body! – Robin Hood by J. Walker McSpadden
  10. I am quite out of breath. – Among the Pond People by Clara Dillingham Pierson
  11. Jeanne asked her friend under her breath. – The Saint by Antonio Fogazzaro Commentator: William Roscoe Thayer
  12. Soon George exclaimed under his breath: There's two! – The Lure of the Labrador Wild by Dillon Wallace
  13. Greaser walked within twenty feet of where I lay, and I held my breath while he passed. – The Young Forester by Zane Grey
  14. He won't like it, but he'll do it, with his last breath. – The Planet Savers by Marion Zimmer Bradley
  15. Leonore started, and held her breath. – Leonore Stubbs by L. B. Walford
  16. Grandmother smiled and sighed in the same breath. – Blue Bonnet's Ranch Party by C. E. Jacobs Edyth Ellerbeck Read
  17. Dr. Norbury drew his breath in sharply through his teeth. – The Eye of Osiris by R. Austin Freeman
  18. For a second or so he had not the breath to speak. – Louisiana by Frances Hodgson Burnett
  19. Victoria held her breath. – The Complete PG Edition of The Works of Winston Churchill by Winston Churchill
  20. She drew a long breath when she was within. – The Garden Of Allah by Robert Hichens
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