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 '

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  • 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; …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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

  • 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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