smooth breathing


: a mark ' placed over some initial vowels in Greek to show that they are not aspirated (as in ἐκει̂ pronounced \e-ˈkā\)
: the absence of aspiration indicated by a mark '

Word History

First Known Use

circa 1888, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of smooth breathing was circa 1888

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Cite this Entry

“Smooth breathing.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Nov. 2023.

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