Smooth breathing
Breathing Breath"ing, n. 1. Respiration; the act of inhaling and exhaling air. [1913 Webster]

Subject to a difficulty of breathing. --Melmoth. [1913 Webster]

2. Air in gentle motion. [1913 Webster]

3. Any gentle influence or operation; inspiration; as, the breathings of the Spirit. [1913 Webster]

4. Aspiration; secret prayer. ``Earnest desires and breathings after that blessed state.'' --Tillotson. [1913 Webster]

5. Exercising; promotion of respiration. [1913 Webster]

Here is a lady that wants breathing too; And I have heard, you knights of Tyre Are excellent in making ladies trip. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

6. Utterance; communication or publicity by words. [1913 Webster]

I am sorry to give breathing to my purpose. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

7. Breathing place; vent. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

8. Stop; pause; delay. [1913 Webster]

You shake the head at so long a breathing. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

9. 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. [1913 Webster]

10. (Gr. Gram.) A mark to indicate aspiration or its absence. See {Rough breathing}, {Smooth breathing}, below. [1913 Webster]

{Breathing place}. (a) A pause. ``That c[ae]sura, or breathing place, in the midst of the verse.'' --Sir P. Sidney. (b) A vent.

{Breathing time}, pause; relaxation. --Bp. Hall.

{Breathing while}, time sufficient for drawing breath; a short time. --Shak.

{Rough breathing} ({spiritus asper}) ([spasp]). See 2d {Asper}, n.

{Smooth breathing} ({spiritus lenis}), a mark (') indicating the absence of the sound of h, as in 'ie`nai (ienai). [1913 Webster] [1913 Webster]


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  • smooth breathing — n. [transl. of L spiritus lenis] 1. in written Greek, the mark ( ) placed over an initial vowel to show that in ancient Greek it was pronounced without a preceding (h) sound, or aspirate 2. the lack of aspiration thus indicated …   English World dictionary

  • Smooth breathing — ᾿ redirects here. For the similar character ʼ, see Ejective consonant. ̓ Smooth breathing Diacritics accent …   Wikipedia

  • smooth breathing — smooth′ breath′ing n. 1) phn ling. a symbol ( ) used in the writing of Greek to indicate that the initial vowel over which it is placed is unaspirated 2) phn ling. the lack of aspiration indicated by this symbol Compare rough breathing …   From formal English to slang

  • smooth breathing — /smuð ˈbriðɪŋ/ (say smoohdh breedhing) noun 1. the pronunciation in Ancient Greek of an initial vowel without a preceding aspirate. 2. a diacritic ( ) placed over some initial vowels in written Ancient Greek to show that they are begun in this… …   Australian English dictionary

  • smooth breathing — noun Etymology: translation of Late Latin spiritus lenis 1. : a mark placed over some initial vowels in Greek to show that they are not aspirated (as in ά̕γειν pronounced ˈägān) 2. : the absence of aspiration as indicated by the mark called also… …   Useful english dictionary

  • smooth breathing — a symbol ( ) used in the writing of Greek to indicate that the initial vowel over which it is placed is unaspirated. Cf. rough breathing. [1740 50] * * * …   Universalium

  • smooth breathing — noun Date: circa 1888 1. a mark placed over some initial vowels in Greek to show that they are not aspirated (as in ἐκεî pronounced e ˈkā) 2. the absence of aspiration indicated by a mark …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • Breathing — Breath ing, n. 1. Respiration; the act of inhaling and exhaling air. [1913 Webster] Subject to a difficulty of breathing. Melmoth. [1913 Webster] 2. Air in gentle motion. [1913 Webster] 3. Any gentle influence or operation; inspiration; as, the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Breathing place — Breathing Breath ing, n. 1. Respiration; the act of inhaling and exhaling air. [1913 Webster] Subject to a difficulty of breathing. Melmoth. [1913 Webster] 2. Air in gentle motion. [1913 Webster] 3. Any gentle influence or operation; inspiration; …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Breathing time — Breathing Breath ing, n. 1. Respiration; the act of inhaling and exhaling air. [1913 Webster] Subject to a difficulty of breathing. Melmoth. [1913 Webster] 2. Air in gentle motion. [1913 Webster] 3. Any gentle influence or operation; inspiration; …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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