breather

noun
breath·​er | \ ˈbrē-t͟hər How to pronounce breather (audio) \

Definition of breather

1 : one that breathes
2 : a break in activity for rest or relief
3 : a small vent in an otherwise airtight enclosure

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Examples of breather in a Sentence

He decided to give them a breather. took a breather from the seemingly endless task of sorting through years of stuff stored in the attic
Recent Examples on the Web While not quite the break of a typical open week, the breather is expected to make UTSA sharper and fresher for the stretch run of the season, beginning with a matchup against UTEP at 2 p.m. Saturday in the Alamodome. Greg Luca, ExpressNews.com, "UTSA hoping to be refreshed for matchup against UTEP following last week’s postponement," 13 Nov. 2020 With everything going on this year, this is the perfect time to take a breather and think about what matters most and how to help others. Gege Reed, The Courier-Journal, "More Louisville families than ever need help this holiday season. Here's how you can help," 6 Nov. 2020 This can simply involve talking a breather after Zoom call or even changing clothes during the day. Anne Quito, Quartz at Work, "The existential toll of missing the office," 30 Oct. 2020 When Richard Pitino looked to his bench last season, the Gophers just didn’t have many options to give starting point guard Marcus Carr a breather. Marcus Fuller, Star Tribune, "Jamal Mashburn and Richard Pitino: A second-generation basketball reunion," 4 Nov. 2020 But this temporary reprieve is merely a breather for the planet—once humanity returns to some semblance of normal life, the calls to fight back against the existential threat of climate change will surely resume. ELLE Decor, "Special Report: ELLE Decor Goes Green," 21 Apr. 2020 Homebuilding in the Twin Cities ramped up last month, but rental apartment construction took a breather. Jim Buchta, Star Tribune, "Twin Cities homebuilders see busiest September in 15 years," 30 Sep. 2020 Step into Red Car’s eclectic-chic tasting room, grab a splash of Pinot Noir rosé, and take a breather among the San Francisco millennial set. Bryce Wiatrak, SFChronicle.com, "A tasting tour through astoundingly good Sonoma Pinot Noir," 20 Nov. 2018 If Cook isn't requesting a breather, running backs coach Kennedy Polamalu makes the calls for when to sub Cook out for Alexander Mattison. Andrew Krammer, Star Tribune, "Never been better: Vikings' Dalvin Cook is leading the NFL in rushing after four weeks," 10 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of breather

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Breather.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/breather. Accessed 26 Nov. 2020.

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More Definitions for breather

breather

noun
How to pronounce breather (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of breather

: a pause for rest
: someone or something that breathes in a specified way

breather

noun
breath·​er | \ ˈbrē-t͟hər How to pronounce breather (audio) \

Kids Definition of breather

: a pause for rest

breather

noun
breath·​er | \ ˈbrē-t͟hər How to pronounce breather (audio) \

Medical Definition of breather

: one that breathes usually in a specified way — see mouth breather

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