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 The Auburn running back, after trying to dive for the end zone on a fourth-quarter Wildcat run, remained down on the field for a few moments, trying to catch his breath. Tom Green | Tgreen@al.com, al, "Establishing 2nd running back behind Boobee Whitlow vital for Auburn," 6 Sep. 2019 After Daniliuk failed a field sobriety test, officers administered a breath test, which revealed a blood-alcohol concentration of 0.18 — more than twice the legal limit to drive, the charges said. Nick Woltman, Twin Cities, "Eagan man drove SUV into Starbucks after consuming ‘one bottle of Fireball,’ charges say," 21 Aug. 2019 Protest activity in Hong Kong had quieted somewhat over the past few days, as if all sides were stopping to catch their breath. Austin Ramzy, New York Times, "Hong Kong Protests Stay Peaceful After a Week of Unrest," 17 Aug. 2019 Crispin’s request was pending the day Connecticut alerted Massachusetts about Zhukovskyy’s refusal to take a chemical breath test, the report said. Laura Crimaldi, BostonGlobe.com, "Registry worker accessed Zhukovskyy file weeks before N.H. fatal crash, but didn’t strip license, report says," 16 Aug. 2019 Those documents show a portable breath test at the jail resulted in a blood alcohol concentration reading of .204. Konstantin Toropin, CNN, "Flight attendant fired for allegedly being drunk on the clock," 9 Aug. 2019 After catching our breath and believing the fractured space of PC game launchers had calmed down for a second, yet another contender arrived on Tuesday: Rockstar Games. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Rockstar Games Launcher: We install it on Windows so you don’t have to [Updated]," 17 Sep. 2019 Urbina is so successful at communicating the scale of the ocean, and the cruelty and neglect above and below its waters, that reading his book sometimes feels like gasping for a breath of air before slipping under the waves again. Alyssa Rosenberg, Washington Post, "How lawlessness and ignorance are harming our oceans," 12 Sep. 2019 Then, after everyone takes a second to catch their breath, all hell will break loose. Luke Mcgee, CNN, "Boris Johnson is out of Brexit ideas," 10 Sep. 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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Time Traveler for breath

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

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breath

noun
How to pronounce breath (audio)

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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