breath

noun
\ ˈbreth How to pronounce breath (audio) \

Definition of breath

1a : air filled with a fragrance or odor
b : a slight indication : suggestion the faintest breath of scandal
2a : the faculty of breathing recovering his breath after the race
b : an act of breathing fought to the last breath
c : opportunity or time to breathe : respite
3 : a slight breeze
4a : air inhaled and exhaled in breathing bad breath
b : something (such as moisture on a cold surface) produced by breath or breathing
5 : a spoken sound : utterance
breath of fresh air
: a welcome or refreshing change
in one breath or in the same breath
: almost simultaneously
out of breath
: breathing very rapidly (as from strenuous exercise)
under one's breath
: so as to be barely audible mumbled something under his breath

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Examples of breath in a Sentence

When Oscar Wilde allegedly gestured at the garish wallpaper in his cheap Parisian hotel room and announced with his dying breath, "Either it goes or I go," he was exhibiting something beyond an irrepressibly brilliant wit. — Tom Robbins, Harper's, September 2004 I ski as far as I can and stop (in these relatively low-altitude coastal mountains, you don't stop for breath the way you sometimes do in Colorado; here you stop when your legs demand a break) … — Lito Tejada-Flores, Skiing, February 1999 gum that freshens your breath It's so cold outside that I can see my breath. My mad dash for the bus left me gasping for breath. I took a long breath before speaking again.
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Recent Examples on the Web

Players celebrated with fans while Rooney took a moment to catch his breath. Pat Brennan, Cincinnati.com, "Wayne Rooney, 'one of the great players in the history of the game,' comes to Cincinnati," 17 July 2019 The second goal—the implicit one—was to reset his own campaign, or at least to take a deep breath. Eric Lach, The New Yorker, "Joe Biden’s Attempt to Get Serious on Foreign Policy," 12 July 2019 Summertime is a chance to take a breath, get away and slow down. Jane Stueckemann, Houston Chronicle, "During summer in The Woodlands, business lulls but hotel traffic ramps up," 3 July 2019 Just taking a deep breath, just relaxing yourself and not getting your body tight. Ben Church And Patrick Sung, CNN, "The elite military veterans nurturing the new generation of professional gamers," 1 July 2019 There are many different kinds including mantra, mindfulness and breath awareness. oregonlive.com, "Getting personal about esophageal cancer risks: Dear Annie," 3 June 2019 The rest of the book targets particular feelings with specific movements and breaths. Ephrat Livni, Quartz, "Do you even know how to breathe? This article will teach you," 2 June 2019 The view from the top of the mountain is ever more breathtaking when your breath has actually been taken away by the climb. Ben Teitelbaum, SI.com, "Why I Don't Want LeBron James on the Lakers," 2 July 2018 Naeher stood on the line and took several deep breaths as Houghton, chosen for the penalty kick, took four steps to the ball and drilled it toward the left post. Andrew Keh, New York Times, "How the U.S. Beat England to Reach the World Cup Final," 2 July 2019

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First Known Use of breath

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for breath

Middle English breth, from Old English brǣth; akin to Old High German brādam breath, and perhaps to Old English beorma yeast — more at barm

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The first known use of breath was before the 12th century

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breath

noun

English Language Learners Definition of breath

: the air that you take into your lungs and send out from your lungs when you breathe : air that is inhaled and exhaled in breathing
: the ability to breathe freely
: an amount of air that you take into your lungs

breath

noun
\ ˈbreth How to pronounce breath (audio) \

Kids Definition of breath

1 : ability to breathe : ease of breathing I lost my breath for a moment.
2 : air taken in or sent out by the lungs Hold your breath. It's so cold I can see my breath.
3 : a slight breeze a breath of wind
out of breath
: breathing very rapidly as a result of hard exercise
under someone's breath
: very quietly “Don't blow this for me,” Dad said under his breath.— Jack Gantos, Joey Pigza Loses Control

breath

noun
\ ˈbreth How to pronounce breath (audio) \

Medical Definition of breath

1a : the faculty of breathing recovering her breath after the race
b : an act or an instance of breathing or inhaling
2a : air inhaled and exhaled in breathing bad breath
b : something (as moisture on a cold surface) produced by breath or breathing
out of breath
: breathing very rapidly (as from strenuous exercise)

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