Definition of breath
3 : a slight breeze
4a : air inhaled and exhaled in breathing bad breathb : something (such as moisture on a cold surface) produced by breath or breathingc : inhalation
5 : a spoken sound : utterance
breath of fresh air
: a welcome or refreshing change
in one breathor
in the same breath
: almost simultaneously
out of breath
under one's breath
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.
Recent Examples of breath from the Web
NBC’s Pierre Mcguire asked Subban about the exchange, who said the chirp was about his bad breath.
Woods asks what the case is about and repeatedly needs instructions to blow into the breath machine.
Waiting w/ bated breath to find out who advances to Finals.
The police report of his arrest, released Tuesday, did say that Woods showed no signs of alcohol after taking a breath-analysis test, which registered 0.000.
Now everyone is holding his or her breath to see whether Trump will sign the waiver.
No, the Magic City isn’t a fashion metropolis, but the CEO of the upcoming Miami Fashion Week believes Miami could one day be mentioned in the same breath as the others.
Ashley Carter took a big breath or two and went right back to work.
Lee invited the men to stand and take a few breaths together.
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Origin and Etymology of 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
First Known Use: before 12th century
BREATH Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of breath for English Language Learners
: 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 Defined for Kids
Definition of breath for Students
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
Medical Definition of breath
out of breath
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