breath·​ing | \ ˈbrē-t͟hiŋ \

Definition of breathing 

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

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By the time the bus arrived at the station about an hour later Jakelin had stopped breathing and was twice revived, the official said. Alicia A. Caldwell, WSJ, "U.S. Investigating Death of Guatemalan Girl," 14 Dec. 2018 That last time was on Memorial Day when Gudeman, out with his wife Kay and friends, choked on a piece of meat and stopped breathing. Amy Lavalley, Post-Tribune, "Choking victim reunites with lifesaver nurse at Valparaiso restaurant: 'Because of you, I'm still alive'," 3 July 2018 During that first feeding, Geis-Clements said that Cerys stopped breathing, according to The Times. Julie Mazziotta,, "British Parents Sue NHS After Newborn Nearly Suffocated During First Breastfeeding," 29 June 2018 Cohen recently received several reports of surgical patients who stopped breathing. Linda A. Johnson,, "The other opioid crisis: Hospitals grapple with prolonged injected opioid shortage," 28 June 2018 Hedges, a philanthropist, stopped breathing and was rushed to the hospital. Jacey Fortin,, "Jury Awards $45 Million in Shopping Cart Tossing Case," 16 June 2018 In December of 2001, Michael Peterson called 911 to report that his wife, Kathleen Peterson, had fallen down the stairs and stopped breathing. Lincoln Michel, GQ, "The Seminal True Crime Documentary Is Now on Netflix," 16 June 2018 Badica explained that while performing CPR on someone who’s stopped breathing can increase the likelihood of that person’s ultimate survival by 92%, many bystanders are reluctant to intervene. Sara Cardine,, "Locals get refresher course, life-saving tips at ‘Sidewalk CPR’ event," 14 June 2018 Robinson, 22, stopped breathing after a chase and struggle with sheriff's office detectives who were conducting an undercover drug investigation in Shrewsbury on May 10. Michelle Hunter,, "Funeral plans finalized for Keeven Robinson," 16 May 2018

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First Known Use of breathing

1746, in the meaning defined above

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