breathless

adjective
breath·less | \ˈbreth-ləs \

Definition of breathless 

1a : not breathing

b : dead

2a : panting or gasping for breath

b : gripped with emotion breathless in anticipation

c : intense, gripping breathless eagerness breathless prose

d : very rapid or strenuous go at a breathless pace

e : marked by intense or unremitting activity a breathless schedule

3 : oppressive because of no fresh air or breeze

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Other Words from breathless

breathlessly adverb
breathlessness noun

Examples of breathless in a Sentence

They were breathless with anticipation. I watched them in breathless wonder. She describes the scene in breathless prose. He drove at a breathless pace.
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Professor Cheung said that the carbon-dioxide concentration in air was generally no more than about 0.2 percent, and that a concentration of more than about 5 percent would cause a person to feel breathless. New York Times, "8 Saved, 5 to Go in Thai Cave Rescue," 9 July 2018 The big feelings at the hook will leave you breathless. Kat Bein, Billboard, "The 5 Best Bazzi Remixes," 6 July 2018 And despite their fearsome reputation and often breathless media attention, sharks kill only about six people a year worldwide, according to the Florida Museum of Natural History's International Shark Attack File. Doyle Rice, USA TODAY, "Sharks vs. humans: At 100 million deaths against 6 each year, it's not a fair fight," 11 July 2018 And then there was the cheetah, the world’s fastest land animal, running flat out in a game reserve that left me, if not the cheetah, breathless. Bella English, BostonGlobe.com, "A vacation sequel as good as the original," 13 Feb. 2018 So in the end Roberts dealt a body blow to both Democrats and Republicans and averted the thing he most fears: breathless headlines screaming that the Supreme Court just gave a major win to either political party. Cristian Farias, Daily Intelligencer, "Why the Supreme Court Keeps Dodging the Question of Partisan Gerrymandering," 18 June 2018 Twitter is blowing up with breathless reactions to Liberation and praise for Xtina's return. Sam Tornow, Billboard, "Christina Aguilera Releases 'Liberation' and Fans Are Already Calling it a 'Masterpiece'," 15 June 2018 Why the breathless hype over unpredictable 19- and 20-year olds and so little realism about the actual odds of getting someone great? Dan Wolken, USA TODAY, "Even with long odds of success, NBA draft hype always draws us in," 19 June 2018 The details surrounding the rapper's death have been a subject of breathless speculation for more than 20 years, spawning dozens of theories, but, to date, no arrests or prosecutions. Gil Kaufman, Billboard, "Uncle of Prime Suspect in Tupac's Death Claims to Know Identity of Rapper's Murderer," 3 July 2018

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First Known Use of breathless

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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breathless

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of breathless

: unable to take enough air into your lungs : breathing very hard because you are trying to get more air

: full of emotion

: very fast

breathless

adjective
breath·less | \ˈbreth-ləs \

Kids Definition of breathless

1 : panting from exertion

2 : filled with excitement or tension a breathless silence

Other Words from breathless

breathlessly adverb

breathless

adjective
breath·less | \ˈbreth-ləs \

Medical Definition of breathless 

1 : panting or gasping for breath

2 : suffering from dyspnea

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