Breather
Breather Breath"er, n. 1. One who breathes. Hence: (a) One who lives. (b) One who utters. (c) One who animates or inspires. [1913 Webster]

2. That which puts one out of breath, as violent exercise. [Colloq.] [1913 Webster]

3. a pause to catch one's breath, or for some other form of rest or refreshment; -- often used in the phrase

{to take a breather}, i.e. to pause for refreshment. [Colloq.] [PJC]

4. a vent in a container to allow equalization of internal and external pressure. [PJC]

5. an air intake pipe to provide air to machinery or people submerged or otherwise sealed off from the outside. [PJC]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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