breath·​ing ˈbrē-t͟hiŋ How to pronounce breathing (audio)
: 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 However, the monkey had to be euthanized after ten days due to breathing issues and hypothermia, which some scientists say highlights ethical concerns in this type of research, reports Nature News’ Carissa Wong. Margaret Osborne, Smithsonian Magazine, 21 Nov. 2023 Do breathing exercises, listen to calming music, practice some yoga, read, or take a warm bath. Sarah Bradley, Health, 17 Nov. 2023 Thursday’s changes signal that YouTube is willing to give creators slightly more breathing room — at least in these two specific examples. Amrita Khalid, The Verge, 17 Nov. 2023 Hendrickson was conscious and breathing, police said, and officers gave first aid until emergency responders transported him to an area hospital. Kerry Breen, CBS News, 15 Nov. 2023 Public health experts say that strenuous exercise can mean deeper breathing and more particles inhaled into the lungs, making outdoor activity dangerous and sometimes even fatal, especially for older people and children. Sameer Yasir, New York Times, 12 Nov. 2023 These are responsible for many of the automatic functions in our body, such as breathing, standing and calming ourselves. Emily Mendenhall, Scientific American, 10 Nov. 2023 As a response, our bodies produce the hormone cortisol, which can cause our heart rate, blood pressure, muscle tension and breathing rate to increase. Dominique Fluker, Essence, 10 Nov. 2023 The co-authors noted that muscle movements including breathing and yawning were not included in the study's findings. Nicholas Rice, Peoplemag, 4 Nov. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1696, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of breathing was in 1696

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“Breathing.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Nov. 2023.

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