breath

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breath

noun \ˈbreth\

: the air that you take into your lungs and send out from your lungs when you breathe : air that is inhaled and exhaled in breathing

: the ability to breathe freely

: an amount of air that you take into your lungs

Full Definition of BREATH

1
a :  air filled with a fragrance or odor
b :  a slight indication :  suggestion <the faintest breath of scandal>
2
a :  the faculty of breathing <recovering his breath after the race>
b :  an act of breathing <fought to the last breath>
c :  opportunity or time to breathe :  respite
3
:  a slight breeze
4
a :  air inhaled and exhaled in breathing <bad breath>
b :  something (as moisture on a cold surface) produced by breath or breathing
c :  inhalation
5
:  a spoken sound :  utterance
6
breath of fresh air
:  a welcome or refreshing change
in one breath or in the same breath
:  almost simultaneously
out of breath
:  breathing very rapidly (as from strenuous exercise)
under one's breath
:  so as to be barely audible <mumbled something under his breath>

Examples of BREATH

  1. gum that freshens your breath
  2. It's so cold outside that I can see my breath.
  3. My mad dash for the bus left me gasping for breath.
  4. I took a long breath before speaking again.
  5. When Oscar Wilde allegedly gestured at the garish wallpaper in his cheap Parisian hotel room and announced with his dying —breath, Either it goes or I go, he was exhibiting something beyond an irrepressibly brilliant wit. —Tom Robbins, Harper's, September 2004

Origin of BREATH

Middle English breth, from Old English brǣth; akin to Old High German brādam breath, and perhaps to Old English beorma yeast — more at barm
First Known Use: before 12th century

breath

noun \ˈbreth\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of BREATH

1
a : the faculty of breathing <recovering her breath after the race> b : an act or an instance of breathing or inhaling
2
a : air inhaled and exhaled in breathing <bad breath> b : something (as moisture on a cold surface) produced by breath or breathing
out of breath
: breathing very rapidly (as from strenuous exercise)

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