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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Recent Examples on the Web Public pool operators should have a plan to isolate staff or patrons with symptoms, such as cough, shortness of breath and fever, and transport them to their homes or health care provider, if needed. Jayme Deerwester, USA TODAY, "Swimming during the pandemic: What the CDC wants you to know before you hit the pool," 21 May 2020 State officials now recommend anyone with a cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing be tested, or anyone with two symptoms such as fever, sore throat, headache, chills, muscle pain or new loss of taste or smell. oregonlive, "Some Oregon counties reopening after finding flexibility in requirements for contact tracing," 15 May 2020 Symptoms of a heart attack include chest pain, shortness of breath or nausea, and women are more likely than men to have additional symptoms such as unexplained tiredness and nausea or vomiting. Jacqueline Howard, CNN, "Coronavirus concerns keep heart patients from hospital: 'I was so scared'," 12 May 2020 According to the Milwaukee County medical examiner report, the second worker had visited a walk-in clinic on April 20, complaining of shortness of breath and fatigue. Maria Perez, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Second Wisconsin meatpacking worker dies of COVID-19; infections at food plants exceed 800," 8 May 2020 In addition to fever, cough, shortness of breath and difficulty breathing, the CDC lists chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat and a loss of taste or smell as possible symptoms. Briana Rice, Cincinnati.com, "Coronavirus updates: Trump reopening news, Remdesivir, symptoms and more," 30 Apr. 2020 Now, in addition to the standard dry cough, shortness of breath, and fever, the CDC also lists chills, repeated shaking with chills, headache, sore throat, new loss of smell or taste, and muscle pain to the list of signs of a coronavirus infection. Leah Groth, Health.com, "Is Muscle Pain a Symptom of Coronavirus? Doctors Explain How it Feels and Why it Happens," 30 Apr. 2020 His symptoms initially included cold sweats, body aches, shortness of breath and a dry cough. NBC News, "Inmates fear death as Ohio prison is overwhelmed by coronavirus," 29 Apr. 2020 His wife also had a nasty cough, along with shortness of breath and diahreah. Tresa Baldas, Detroit Free Press, "Mom with COVID-19 delivers twins as husband faced death: 'Let me live'," 26 Apr. 2020

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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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“Breath.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/breath. Accessed 3 Jun. 2020.

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More Definitions for breath

breath

noun
How to pronounce breath (audio)

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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