[breθ] or [brɛθ]
(noun.) 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'.
(noun.) a slight movement of the air; 'there wasn't a breath of air in the room'.
(noun.) the air that is inhaled and exhaled in respiration; 'his sour breath offended her'.
(noun.) a short respite.
Checker: Marge--From WordNet
(n.) 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.
(n.) The act of breathing naturally or freely; the power or capacity to breathe freely; as, I am out of breath.
(n.) The power of respiration, and hence, life.
(n.) Time to breathe; respite; pause.
(n.) A single respiration, or the time of making it; a single act; an instant.
(n.) Fig.: That which gives or strengthens life.
(n.) A single word; the slightest effort; a trifle.
(n.) A very slight breeze; air in gentle motion.
(n.) Fragrance; exhalation; odor; perfume.
(n.) Gentle exercise, causing a quicker respiration.
Synonyms and Synonymous
n. . Air inspired and expired.. Life, existence, animation, breath of life, vital spark.. Respite, pause, rest.
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Synonyms and Antonyms
SYN: inspiration, expiration, inhalation,exhalation, Met, Life
ANT:To_latter, Cessation, passing, departure, perishing, dying, death
Edited by Barton
n. the air drawn into and then expelled from the lungs: power of breathing: life: the time occupied by once breathing: a very slight breeze.—adjs. Breath′ful (Spens.) full of breath or air also full of scent or odour; Breath′less out of breath: dead: excessively eager as if holding one's breath from excitement.—n. Breath′lessness.—To catch the breath to stop breathing for an instant; To spend one's breath as in profitless talk; To take breath to recover freedom of breathing; With bated breath with breath restrained from reverence or fear.
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Unserious Contents or Definition
To come close to a person in your dreaming with a pure and sweet breath, commendable will be your conduct, and a profitable consummation of business deals will follow. Breath if fetid, indicates sickness and snares. Losing one's breath, denotes signal failure where success seemed assured.
- Her rich colour, her quick blood, her rapid breath, were all setting themselves against the opportunity of retracing their steps. Charles Dickens. Little Dorrit.
- She drew in her breath sharply as one whose doubts are resolved. Arthur Conan Doyle. The Return of Sherlock Holmes.
- I cannot run, said I, turning round, and panting for breath. Harriette Wilson. The Memoirs of Harriette Wilson.
- I'm rather thick in my breath. Charles Dickens. Our Mutual Friend.
- He knew with the first breath he drew that the snow had been only a freak storm in the mountains and it would be gone by noon. Hemingway, Ernest. For Whom The Bell Tolls.
- I went down to him, choking for breath, with my heart leaping as if it was like to leap out of me. Wilkie Collins. The Moonstone.
- The mask now hurried me along so fast, that I arrived at the table panting for breath. Harriette Wilson. The Memoirs of Harriette Wilson.
- She was coughing most dreadfully, and her breath was still more oppressed than my own. Harriette Wilson. The Memoirs of Harriette Wilson.
- My godmother, too, sat so near, that, had I leaned forward, my breath might have stirred the ribbon of her bonnet. Charlotte Bronte. Villette.
- He pointed behind him at the boat, and gasped to that degree that he dropped upon the stones to get his breath. Charles Dickens. Our Mutual Friend.
- She held her breath to hear the end of his speech. Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell. North and South.
- As we looked full at one another, I felt my breath come quicker in my strong desire to get something out of him. Charles Dickens. Great Expectations.
- If I do--Well, said madame, drawing a breath and nodding her head with a stern kind of coquetry, I'll use it! Charles Dickens. A Tale of Two Cities.
- Maurice drew a long breath of relief. Fergus Hume. The Island of Fantasy.
- Her breath was coming quickly, and her lips were pale, parted, and trembling. Thomas Hardy. The Return of the Native.
- The earth breathes fragrant breaths to-night, And the perfume blows from the land. Fergus Hume. The Island of Fantasy.
- He caught little, short breaths, he could scarcely breathe any more. D. H. Lawrence. Women in Love .