Definition of breath
3 : a slight breeze
4a : air inhaled and exhaled in breathing bad breathb : something (such as moisture on a cold surface) produced by breath or breathingc : inhalation
5 : a spoken sound : utterance
breath of fresh air
: a welcome or refreshing change
in one breathor
in the same breath
: almost simultaneously
out of breath
under one's 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.
Recent Examples of breath from the Web
Rodarte showed there for the first time and its talents seem perfectly suited for custom gowns — a delicate dress adorned with baby’s breath was a sight to behold.
Except for the reek of the Cordova cannery, which wraps the entire town in seal's breath, there is not a stinker in the bunch.
Inevitably, your attention will leave the sensations of the breath and wander to other places.
Pokémon, mutates into Charizard, a 200-pound monster whose breath can melt boulders.
Every day at 10 a.m., the craft service guy would bring out this huge bowl of tuna and soon, you’d be surrounded by 200 people with tuna breath.
That goes for your hair, fingernails, underarms, and breath, too.
Even though chest pain is the number-one symptom for both sexes, women are more likely to have certain signs such as extreme fatigue, indigestion, dizziness, shortness of breath, nausea, and pain in the back, neck, or jaw.
According to police reports, officers during a traffic stop at Lakeview Parkway and Townline Road noticed the odor of alcohol on Ayala-Portillo's breath and later determined he was impaired.
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BREATH Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of breath for English Language Learners
: 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 Defined for Kids
Definition of breath for Students
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
Medical Definition of breath
out of breath
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