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

Examples of breathing in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web To speed up a return to a calm state, slow your breathing by counting to four seconds during an inhale and eight seconds for an exhale, and breathe from your belly instead of your chest. Jelena Kecmanovic, CNN, 12 July 2022 The only sounds are the watery swish of my arms and legs, my steady breathing. Lesley Finn, Longreads, 7 July 2022 His breathing was so shallow, the heart monitor would go off. Lori Riley, Hartford Courant, 2 July 2022 In the initial installment of the series, the first step to managing stress was revealed: Be intentional about your breathing. Deborah Goldstein, Forbes, 21 June 2022 The hot weather dries out her sinuses, which were damaged during treatment, and makes her breathing labored. Denise Chow, NBC News, 19 June 2022 First responders sprayed down 25 people at the scene, took their blood pressure and monitored their breathing. Teddy Grant, ABC News, 15 June 2022 My breathing was really labored and my shirt was just completely red. Outside Online, 10 June 2022 And each of these root causes may require different approaches and treatments to clear up your breathing. Sara Gaynes Levy, SELF, 31 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of breathing

1696, in the meaning defined above

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Last Updated

6 Aug 2022

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“Breathing.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Aug. 2022.

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