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 While the postponement allows some breathing room for domestic leagues to be completed, there is no timetable for when those leagues can restart. Tariq Panja, New York Times, "Euro 2020 and Copa América Are Postponed for a Year," 17 Mar. 2020 Alex Reese hit the 3-pointer for breathing room in the final minute of a game that’ll be remembered more for Herbert Jones’ one-handed heroism. Michael Casagrande |, al, "One-handed Herb sparks Alabama in wild win over LSU," 15 Feb. 2020 Common signs of infection include fever, cough, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties. John Bacon, USA TODAY, "Coronavirus live updates: While US stresses calm, South Korea preps for a 'war against an infectious disease'," 3 Mar. 2020 But Myles Powell and Myles Cale each hit three-pointers to give Seton Hall some breathing room. Ben Steele, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Seton Hall 88, Marquette 79: Golden Eagles' Senior Day spoiled," 29 Feb. 2020 Common signs of infection include fever, cough, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties. azcentral, "Coronavirus updates: More 'unexplained' cases identified in western U.S.," 28 Feb. 2020 Amherst fought back to within a point, 34-33, late in the third quarter, but Westlake went on a 4-0 run in the final 1:10 to regain some breathing room. cleveland, "Westlake claims D-I girls basketball district title with 59-48 win vs. Amherst," 28 Feb. 2020 Symptoms include fever, cough, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties. I’ve been diagnosed with a coronavirus. al, "What is coronavirus? How COVID-19 spreads and how to protect yourself," 24 Feb. 2020 Grimes made six straight free throws and also sank a 3-pointer that gave the Cougars (20-5, 10-2) some breathing room down the stretch in the matchup between the top two defensive teams in the American Athletic Conference. Fred Goodall, Houston Chronicle, "No. 20 Houston holds off South Florida," 12 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of breathing

1746, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of breathing was in 1746

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20 Mar 2020

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“Breathing.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Mar. 2020.

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