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]


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  • breath — [ breθ ] noun count or uncount *** the air that goes in and out of your body through your nose or mouth: He could feel her warm breath on his face. His breath smelled strongly of alcohol. a. the act of getting air into your lungs by breathing:… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • breath — ► NOUN 1) air taken into or expelled from the lungs. 2) an instance of breathing in or out. 3) a slight movement of air. 4) a sign, hint, or suggestion: he avoided the slightest breath of scandal. ● breath of fresh air Cf. ↑breath of fresh air …   English terms dictionary

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  • breath — [breth] n. [ME breth < OE bræth, odor, exhalation < IE base * bher , well up > FERMENT, BARM, BROOD] 1. air taken into the lungs and then let out 2. the act of breathing; respiration 3. the power to breathe easily and naturally [to get… …   English World dictionary

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  • Breath — Saltar a navegación, búsqueda Breath (exhalación) es un montaje de escenario, escrito por Samuel Beckett, una versión modificada de esta performance fue incluida en el musical de Kenneth Tynan Oh! Calcutta!. Este trabajo fue estrenado en octubre… …   Wikipedia Español

  • breath — [n1] respiration animation, breathing, eupnea, exhalation, expiration, gasp, gulp, inhalation, inspiration, insufflation, pant, wheeze; concept 163 breath [n2] wind or something in the air aroma, faint breeze, flatus, flutter, gust, odor, puff,… …   New thesaurus

  • breath — O.E. bræð odor, scent, stink, exhalation, vapor (O.E. word for air exhaled from the lungs was æðm), from P.Gmc. *bræthaz smell, exhalation (Cf. O.H.G. bradam, Ger. Brodem breath, steam ), from PIE root *gwhre to breathe, smell …   Etymology dictionary

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