Out of breath
Breath Breath (br[e^]th), n. [OE. breth, breeth, AS. br[=ae][eth] odor, scent, breath; cf. OHG. br[=a]dam steam, vapor, breath, G. brodem, and possibly E. {Brawn}, and {Breed}.] 1. 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. [1913 Webster]

Melted as breath into the wind. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

2. The act of breathing naturally or freely; the power or capacity to breathe freely; as, I am out of breath. [1913 Webster]

3. The power of respiration, and hence, life. --Hood. [1913 Webster]

Thou takest away their breath, they die. --Ps. civ. 29. [1913 Webster]

4. Time to breathe; respite; pause. [1913 Webster]

Give me some breath, some little pause. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

5. A single respiration, or the time of making it; a single act; an instant. [1913 Webster]

He smiles and he frowns in a breath. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

6. Fig.: That which gives or strengthens life. [1913 Webster]

The earthquake voice of victory, To thee the breath of life. --Byron. [1913 Webster]

7. A single word; the slightest effort; a trifle. [1913 Webster]

A breath can make them, as a breath has made. --Goldsmith. [1913 Webster]

8. A very slight breeze; air in gentle motion. [1913 Webster]

Calm and unruffled as a summer's sea, when not a breath of wind flies o'er its surface. --Addison. [1913 Webster]

9. Fragrance; exhalation; odor; perfume. --Tennison. [1913 Webster]

The breath of flowers. --Bacon. [1913 Webster]

10. Gentle exercise, causing a quicker respiration. [1913 Webster]

An after dinner's breath. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

{Out of breath}, breathless, exhausted; breathing with difficulty.

{Under one's breath}, in low tones. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • out of breath — {adj.} or {adv. phr.} Not breathing easily or regularly; gasping; panting. * /The fat man was out of breath after climbing the stairs./ * /The mile run left Bill out of breath./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • out of breath — {adj.} or {adv. phr.} Not breathing easily or regularly; gasping; panting. * /The fat man was out of breath after climbing the stairs./ * /The mile run left Bill out of breath./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • out-of-breath — adj. breathing laboriously or convulsively. [predicate] Syn: gasping, panting, pursy, short winded, winded. [WordNet 1.5] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • out of breath — ► out of breath gasping for air. Main Entry: ↑breath …   English terms dictionary

  • out of breath — phrasal : gasping for breath (as after strenuous activity) : breathing very rapidly * * * out of breath 1. Having difficulty in breathing 2. Panting from exertion, etc • • • Main Entry: ↑breath * * * out of breath phrase breathing fast and with… …   Useful english dictionary

  • out of breath — short of breath, puffing, out of breath    She was out of breath after climbing the stairs …   English idioms

  • out\ of\ breath — adj or adv. phr. Not breathing easily or regularly; gasping; panting. The fat man was out of breath after climbing the stairs. The mile run left Bill out of breath …   Словарь американских идиом

  • out of breath — adjective breathing with difficulty We were all out of breath when we got to the summit …   Wiktionary

  • out of breath — be tired and breathing quickly. He was out of breath after running from the station …   Idioms and examples

  • out of breath — breathing with difficulty. Bill was completely out of breath after moving the desk upstairs …   New idioms dictionary

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