breathing

noun
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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The smoke from this year’s fires shrouded cities like Seattle and Sacramento in some of the worst breathing conditions in the world. Umair Irfan, Vox, "What we learned from the disasters that hammered the US in 2018," 27 Dec. 2018 Injuries are common, and the constant breathing in of fine particles can lead to respiratory conditions like asthma, silicosis, and tuberculosis. Jocelyn C. Zuckerman, Marie Claire, "Is Your Makeup the Result of Child Labor?," 16 Oct. 2018 Symptoms of heat stroke include high fever; dry, red skin; rapid and weak pulse and breathing; convulsions; and delirium. Scott Dance, baltimoresun.com, "Maryland health officials report first heat-related death of summer, a Prince George's County man," 20 June 2018 Then breathing becomes laboured and people start salivating and then foaming at the mouth. Ciara Nugent, Time, "'There Will Be Severe Pain.' What to Know About the New Novichok Nerve Agent Poisoning in the U.K.," 5 July 2018 When the officer arrived, Pacheco had no pulse and wasn’t breathing, the report said. Emily Sweeney, BostonGlobe.com, "Rehoboth man allegedly playing with gun accidentally kills 17-year-old friend," 27 June 2018 When paramedics came to the apartment on Burroughs Court, off Hiawassee Road, the boy was not breathing and didn’t have a pulse. Gal Tziperman Lotan, OrlandoSentinel.com, "'I told him not to put his hands on my child:' Man accused of killing 5-year-old son starts trial," 25 June 2018 When paramedics arrived, the woman was breathing and conscious, although not coherent, Holm said. Jane Ford-stewart, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Lifeguard saves woman from nearly drowning at the Southwest YMCA in Greenfield," 22 June 2018 One idea is that SIDS is caused by a stoppage in breathing, often through accidental suffocation. Dana G. Smith, Scientific American, "Sound Awake: “Noisy” Neurons May Repeatedly Disrupt Your Sleep," 1 May 2018

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1746, in the meaning defined above

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