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 Fire-breathing dragon Maleficent, previously seen in the Magic Kingdom’s Festival of Fantasy parade, will make appearances. Dewayne Bevil,, 2 June 2021 Also on Tuesday, the state House passed SB 69, a bill that bans police officers from using chokeholds during an arrest and applying pressure to someone's throat, neck or torso in ways that can prohibit breathing or blood flow. Marlene Lenthang, ABC News, 27 May 2021 Though initially on a ventilator, Welch has been removed from the breathing machine and is undergoing surgery. Carol Robinson |, al, 24 May 2021 Places where justice and reconciliation are paired in a process as natural as living and breathing. Paul Gardullo, Smithsonian Magazine, 24 May 2021 His symptoms included headaches, chills, sneezing, congestion, trouble breathing, loss of appetite and severe body aches. Connor Letourneau, San Francisco Chronicle, 21 May 2021 But a few hours before the bus was to depart, Rivera was having breathing problems and talking incoherently. Maria Perez,, 20 May 2021 Symptoms of botulism can include trouble swallowing or breathing, muscle weakness, drooping eyelids, slurred speech, and impaired vision, according to the CDC, which are all signs of muscle paralysis. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, 19 May 2021 Somebody who is living and breathing — your eye moves to them. Star Tribune, 18 May 2021

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First Known Use of breathing

1696, in the meaning defined above

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7 Jun 2021

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“Breathing.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jun. 2021.

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