breath·​able | \ ˈbrē-t͟hə-bəl How to pronounce breathable (audio) \

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 How to pronounce breathability (audio) \ noun

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To keep it in place during incubation, the doctor will also insert a retention device resembling a small, breathable diaphragm, Dr. Kevin Doody says. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "These Two Women Both ‘Carried’ Their Baby Using Reciprocal Effortless IVF," 16 Nov. 2018 Unlike cotton or silk, polyester is less breathable, trapping moisture and heat in your sheets. Lucia Tonelli, ELLE Decor, "The Ultimate Guide to the Duvet Cover," 11 Oct. 2018 Choosing quality pieces in breathable materials is a necessity before hitting the pavement., The Seattle Times, "The 5 pieces you need for running," 16 July 2018 To get the new wave of breathable waterproofing, The North Face borrowed a production process already seen in electronics and the medical field, nanospinning. Tim Newcomb, Popular Mechanics, "The North Face's New Fabric Is Waterproof, Breathable, and Brought to You by Science," 8 Jan. 2019 Memory foam has a bad rap for not being breathable and retaining heat. Lexie Sachs, Good Housekeeping, "7 Best Memory Foam Pillows You Can Buy," 21 Dec. 2018 In these creaking ruins, stable ground and even breathable air are a gift, through Croft often dives in without apparent worry that either will ever run out. Daniel Starkey, Ars Technica, "Shadow of the Tomb Raider review: Fighting for my life and loving it," 10 Sep. 2018 Designed never to chafe, the undies are breathable and wick sweat away from the crotch. Lisa Wood Shapiro, Outside Online, "What This Adventure Writer Takes into the Woods," 24 May 2018 Almost every piece of adventure-ready clothing now has advanced tech woven into its fabric in an effort to be as waterproof and as breathable as possible. Tim Newcomb, Popular Mechanics, "The North Face's New Fabric Is Waterproof, Breathable, and Brought to You by Science," 8 Jan. 2019

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First Known Use of breathable

1704, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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