breath·​ing | \ ˈbrē-t͟hiŋ How to pronounce breathing (audio) \

Definition of breathing

: either of the marks ʽ and ʼ used in writing Greek to indicate aspiration or its absence

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Recent Examples on the Web Heavy breathing and camaraderie may still be on offer — as long as there’s fresh air and lots of distance separating gym-goers. Rusty Simmons,, "The future of fitness is leaving Bay Area gym owners a lot of details to sweat," 27 June 2020 Masks should not be worn by people with breathing problems, officials said. David Jacobs, Washington Examiner, "Louisiana officials issue guidelines about reopening schools amid COVID-19," 26 June 2020 The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has advised that those with breathing problems and children under the age of 2 refrain from wearing face masks. Colleen Shalby, Los Angeles Times, "Santa Cruz County lifts beach closures: ‘People are not willing to be governed’," 25 June 2020 There are just a few groups of people who shouldn't wear cloth masks, including children under 2 years old and people who have breathing problems, according to the Mayo Clinic. Holly Yan, CNN, "Why face mask guidance has changed so much -- and how wearing masks can protect the economy," 25 June 2020 Getman uses a wheelchair, can only move one finger on one hand, and has a tracheostomy tube for breathing. oregonlive, "Access denied: Oregonians with disabilities face extra challenges meeting care needs during pandemic," 15 June 2020 Those with emergency warning signs of severe COVID-19—trouble breathing, persistent pain and pressure in the chest, bluish lips or face—should, however, seek immediate medical attention. Leah Groth,, "Lyme Disease and Coronavirus Have Some Similar Symptoms—Here's How to Tell the Difference," 12 June 2020 The House, run by Democrats, introduced legislation that would ban police from using the chokehold or any maneuver that places pressure on the neck to restrict breathing. Susan Ferrechio, Washington Examiner, "Congress grapples with curbing deadly police tactics," 11 June 2020 Once there, people can suffer breathing problems, immune issues, strokes, organ failure, and in a small number of children, a life-threatening inflammatory syndrome. Karen Weintraub, USA TODAY, "Viruses like the one that causes COVID-19 have long been Dr. Anthony Fauci's 'worst nightmare'," 10 June 2020

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First Known Use of breathing

1746, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of breathing was in 1746

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30 Jun 2020

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“Breathing.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Jul. 2020.

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