Simple Definition of breath
: 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
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
: a welcome or refreshing change
: almost simultaneously
Examples of breath
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
I ski as far as I can and stop (in these relatively low-altitude coastal mountains, you don't stop for breath the way you sometimes do in Colorado; here you stop when your legs demand a break) … —Lito Tejada-Flores, Skiing, February 1999
gum that freshens your breath
It's so cold outside that I can see my breath.
My mad dash for the bus left me gasping for breath.
I took a long breath before speaking again.
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
Medical Definition of breath
1a: the faculty of breathing <recovering her breath after the race>b: an act or an instance of breathing or inhaling
2a: air inhaled and exhaled in breathing <bad breath>b: something (as moisture on a cold surface) produced by breath or breathing
: breathing very rapidly (as from strenuous exercise)
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