breath

noun
\ ˈbreth How to pronounce breath (audio) \

Definition of breath

1a : air filled with a fragrance or odor
b : a slight indication : suggestion the faintest breath of scandal
2a : 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
4a : air inhaled and exhaled in breathing bad breath
b : something (such as moisture on a cold surface) produced by breath or breathing
5 : a spoken sound : utterance
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

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Examples of breath in a Sentence

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.
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The first thing instructors teach infants is breath control, says Samantha Bense, a certified ISR instructor who teaches at the Boca Raton and Boynton Beach YMCA. Catie Wegman, sun-sentinel.com, "Summer is prime-time for drownings: How to protect your kids," 17 June 2019 Some even saw it as a chance to catch their breath after years of blistering deadlines. Paul Page, WSJ, "Today’s Logistics Report: Tensions Over Tankers; Slowing Jet Supply Chains; Hardly Delivering Profits," 14 June 2019 The folks in the room, first-time CEOs, each of them, let out a collective breath. Jerry Colonna, Quartz at Work, "The most important leadership skill is radical self-inquiry," 14 June 2019 Spotted for the first time: a fish holding its breath underwater Like us, fish need oxygen to survive. Alex Fox, Science | AAAS, "Top stories: The science of false confessions, transforming blood types, and Brazil’s war on drugs," 14 June 2019 Symptoms that a heart valve may not be functioning correctly include increasing shortness of breath, palpitations (skipped heartbeats), edema (ankle swelling), weakness, dizziness, quick weight gain, and/or chest pain. Trihealth, Cincinnati.com, "Common surgical heart treatments," 13 June 2019 Just like that, a pitching staff that had only recently caught its breath in terms of usage had again been knocked off its feet. Nick Piecoro, azcentral, "Dejected Jon Duplantier receives encouragement after rough outing against Phillies," 12 June 2019 Symptoms include excessive thirst, frequent urination, fruity-scented breath, confusion, and consistently high blood sugar (over 300). Molly Kimball, nola.com, "The do’s and don’ts of the high-fat, low-carb keto diet: Best of Molly Kimball," 11 June 2019 When the song changes, the dancers collapse onto chairs, catching their breath. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column One: For lonely men in Spanish towns, the ‘caravan of women’ brings hope of love," 14 May 2019

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First Known Use of breath

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for 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

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The first known use of breath was before the 12th century

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More Definitions for breath

breath

noun

English Language Learners 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

breath

noun
\ ˈbreth How to pronounce breath (audio) \

Kids Definition of breath

1 : ability to breathe : ease of breathing I lost my breath for a moment.
2 : air taken in or sent out by the lungs Hold your breath. It's so cold I can see my breath.
3 : a slight breeze a breath of wind
out of breath
: breathing very rapidly as a result of hard exercise
under someone's breath
: very quietly “Don't blow this for me,” Dad said under his breath.— Jack Gantos, Joey Pigza Loses Control

breath

noun
\ ˈbreth How to pronounce breath (audio) \

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
out of breath
: breathing very rapidly (as from strenuous exercise)

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