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

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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web Before vaccination, the odds of experiencing long Covid changed little over time, the researchers said, based on symptoms such as fatigue, shortness of breath, and brain fog. Elizabeth Cooney, STAT, 19 May 2022 Fatigue, muscle ache, brain fog and shortness of breath are all common complaints for people dealing with Long Covid, though symptoms can and do affect nearly any organ system in the body, including the kidneys, heart, lungs and brain. Robert Hart, Forbes, 18 May 2022 Lifting his clothes, raising his arms, arranging items in his closet leave Bell short of breath and often trigger severe fatigue. Judith Graham, CNN, 18 May 2022 Lifting his clothes, raising his arms, arranging items in his closet leave Bell short of breath and often trigger severe fatigue. Judith Graham, USA TODAY, 18 May 2022 The floodwaters from Harvey deposited black mold throughout Hester’s home and left his daughter chronically short of breath. Washington Post, 11 May 2022 However, women may be more likely to also exhibit accompanying symptoms such as nausea and shortness of breath. Julie Washington, cleveland, 10 May 2022 Marked by chest pain, fatigue and shortness of breath, the disease thickens and stiffens the heart muscle, reducing blood flow. Jesse Leavenworth, Hartford Courant, 30 Apr. 2022 These signs, Boden-Albala said, include fever, chills, fatigue, cough, body aches, shortness of breath, and sore throat. Alyssa Hui, Health.com, 21 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of breath

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2a

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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21 May 2022

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More Definitions for breath

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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