breather

noun
breath·​er | \ˈbrē-t͟hər \

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

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Middle infielders Yoan Moncada and Tim Anderson get a breather for the Sox. Teddy Greenstein, chicagotribune.com, "White Sox rest Yoan Moncada and Tim Anderson against Indians," 14 June 2018 Centeno said that under the deal, Greece could delay back repayment on billions in loans by 10 years, giving it a financial breather while stricter deadlines could have further choked the economy over the next decade. Washington Post, "Eurozone gets deal to pave way for end to Greece’s bailout," 21 June 2018 That will give Asuaje a breather and allow the rotation of as many as five outfielders to work. Kevin Acee, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Padres notes: Myers back, Margot to follow; Villanueva HBP propensity; KT honored," 20 Apr. 2018 At issue: That unforgettable moment where Goldblum's mathematician character Dr. Ian Malcolm took a sultry breather after a Tyrannosaurus Rex attack.with his shirt unbuttoned. Bryan Alexander, USA TODAY, "Watch: Jeff Goldblum lampooned for that infamous 'Jurassic Park' shirtless scene," 25 May 2018 Aleksandr Erokhin goes down after a hard collision in the Croatian penalty area, which is either a serious problem for Russia, which is out of substitutions, or a convenient opportunity for everyone to take a breather. Rory Smith, New York Times, "Russia Finally Falls, Leaving a Trail of Admirers and Doubters," 8 July 2018 Technology stocks, which have powered the market this year, took a breather after leading Monday’s modest charge higher. David Hodari And Allison Prang, WSJ, "U.S. Stocks Slip Ahead of Holiday," 3 July 2018 Instead of taking a breather afterward, Urie immediately made the uncharacteristically triumphant sixth Panic! Chris Martins, Billboard, "Panic! at the Disco's Brendon Urie on How Cross-Dressing & 'Kinky Boots' Inspired Their New Album," 15 June 2018 Daily Pilot July means the start of a breather period for most theatrical-producing organizations — but definitely not UC Irvine, where the New Swan Theater recently launched its seventh mini-season previews. Timesoc, latimes.com, "TimesOC: Police release DNA snapshot of possible suspect in girl’s 1973 slaying," 11 July 2018

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First Known Use of breather

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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breather

noun

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 \

Kids Definition of breather

: a pause for rest

breather

noun
breath·​er | \ˈbrē-t͟hər \

Medical Definition of breather 

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

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