Definitions for: Breath


[n] the process of taking in and expelling air during breathing; "he took a deep breath and dived into the pool"; "he was fighting to his last breath"
[n] an indirect suggestion; "not a breath of scandal ever touched her"
[n] a slight movement of the air; "there wasn't a breath of air in the room"
[n] the air that is inhaled and exhaled in respiration; "his sour breath offended her"
[n] a short respite
[v] absorb air and reach optimal flavor, of wine; "This rare Bordeaux must be allowed to breathe for at least 2 hours"



Webster (1913) Definition: Breath (br[e^]th), n. [OE. breth, breeth, AS.
br[=ae][eth] odor, scent, breath; cf. OHG. br[=a]dam steam,
vapor, breath, G. brodem, and possibly E. Brawn, and
Breed.]
1. The air inhaled and exhaled in respiration; air which, in
the process of respiration, has parted with oxygen and has
received carbonic acid, aqueous vapor, warmth, etc.

Melted as breath into the wind. --Shak.

2. The act of breathing naturally or freely; the power or
capacity to breathe freely; as, I am out of breath.

3. The power of respiration, and hence, life. --Hood.

Thou takest away their breath, they die. --Ps. civ.
29.

4. Time to breathe; respite; pause.

Give me some breath, some little pause. --Shak.

5. A single respiration, or the time of making it; a single
act; an instant.

He smiles and he frowns in a breath. --Dryden.

6. Fig.: That which gives or strengthens life.

The earthquake voice of victory, To thee the breath
of life. --Byron.

7. A single word; the slightest effort; a trifle.

A breath can make them, as a breath has made.
--Goldsmith.

8. A very slight breeze; air in gentle motion.

Calm and unruffled as a summer's sea, when not a
breath of wind flies o'er its surface. --Addison.

9. Fragrance; exhalation; odor; perfume. --Tennison.

The breath of flowers. --Bacon.

10. Gentle exercise, causing a quicker respiration.

An after dinner's breath. --Shak.

Out of breath, breathless, exhausted; breathing with
difficulty.

Under one's breath, in low tones.

Synonyms: breather, breathing place, breathing space, breathing spell, breathing time, hint, intimation

See Also: activity, air, air, aspiration, bodily function, bodily process, body process, breathing in, breathing out, breeze, exhalation, exhalation, expiration, gentle wind, halitus, inhalation, inspiration, oxidate, oxidise, oxidize, proffer, proposition, relief, respite, rest, rest period, suggestion, zephyr

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