breath·​able | \ˈbrē-t͟hə-bəl \

Definition of breathable 

1 : suitable for breathing breathable air

2 : allowing air to pass through : porous a breathable synthetic fabric

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breathability \ˌbrē-​t͟hə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē \ noun

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It's made with three layers of foam—a strong base foam on the bottom, a curve-cradling memory foam middle layer, and a breathable top layer—all wrapped up in an upholstered cover. Brittney Morgan, House Beautiful, "Drop Everything—The Casper Mattress Is 20 Percent Off On Amazon Today Only," 23 Oct. 2018 The new suit will address the heat and weight problem by using lightweight, breathable textiles designed to allow body heat to escape. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The U.S. Army Is Testing a New Sniper Suit," 4 Oct. 2018 More importantly, this set of headphones proves supremely comfortable—both lighter and more breathable around the ears than its predecessors, with a healthy but not overbearing amount of soft pleather padding around the ear cups and headband. Jeff Dunn, Ars Technica, "The Ars Holiday Gift Guide 2018—tech and gear for travel that we’d buy," 13 Nov. 2018 Then in the spring and summer there’s like this peeling back, switching to lighter fabrics, switching to more breathable fabrics. Jeff Andrews, Curbed, "Why ads for bedding startups are all over the subway," 5 Oct. 2018 Wide-leg trousers, typically done in heavy wool, are easy to move in when rethought in a material that's breathable, quick-drying, and wrinkle-resistant. Leah Melby Clinton, Marie Claire, "How to Wear Leggings to Work This Fall," 28 Aug. 2018 The lightweight mini crews are a minimalist sock made with synthetic, breathable Coolmax and nylon. Julie Brown, Outside Online, "The Best Running Socks, According to Ultramarathoners," 22 June 2018 The tent is made with waterproof-yet-breathable cotton duck canvas that keeps out moisture and mugginess. Rebecca Straus, Sunset, "10 Amazing Luxury Camping Tents," 22 Jan. 2018 In a well ventilated bathroom, any material can work, but best to choose a natural breathable material that can shake off the moisture from the room. Sunset, "10 Stylish Poufs for a Modern-Meets-Boho Vibe," 22 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of breathable

1704, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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