Definitions for: Breathing


[n] the bodily process of inhalation and exhalation; the process of taking in oxygen from inhaled air and releasing carbon dioxide by exhalation
[adj] passing or able to pass air in and out of the lungs normally; sometimes used in combination; "the boy was disappointed to find only skeletons instead of living breathing dinosaurs"; "the heavy-breathing person on the telephone"



Webster (1913) Definition: Breath"ing, n.
1. Respiration; the act of inhaling and exhaling air.

Subject to a difficulty of breathing. --Melmoth.

2. Air in gentle motion.

3. Any gentle influence or operation; inspiration; as, the
breathings of the Spirit.

4. Aspiration; secret prayer. ``Earnest desires and
breathings after that blessed state.'' --Tillotson.

5. Exercising; promotion of respiration.

Here is a lady that wants breathing too; And I have
heard, you knights of Tyre Are excellent in making
ladies trip. --Shak.

6. Utterance; communication or publicity by words.

I am sorry to give breathing to my purpose. --Shak.

7. Breathing place; vent. --Dryden.

8. Stop; pause; delay.

You shake the head at so long a breathing. --Shak.

9. Also, in a wider sense, the sound caused by the friction
of the outgoing breath in the throat, mouth, etc., when
the glottis is wide open; aspiration; the sound expressed
by the letter h.



10. (Gr. Gram.) A mark to indicate aspiration or its absence.
See Rough breathing, Smooth breathing, below.

Breathing place.
(a) A pause. ``That c[ae]sura, or breathing place, in the
midst of the verse.'' --Sir P. Sidney.
(b) A vent.

Breathing time, pause; relaxation. --Bp. Hall.

Breathing while, time sufficient for drawing breath; a
short time. --Shak.

Rough breathing (spiritus asper) ([spasp]). See 2d
Asper, n.

Smooth breathing (spiritus lenis), a mark (') indicating
the absence of the sound of h, as in 'ie`nai (ienai).

Synonyms: breathed, eupneic, eupnoeic, exhaling, external respiration, huffing, inhaling, puffing, puffy, respiration, snoring, snorting, ventilation

Antonyms: breathless, dyspneal, dyspneic, dyspnoeal, dyspnoeic

See Also: abdominal breathing, activity, artificial respiration, aspiration, bodily function, bodily process, body process, breathing in, breathing out, Cheyne-Stokes respiration, eupnea, eupnoea, exhalation, expiration, heaving, hyperpnea, hyperventilation, hypopnea, inhalation, inspiration, panting, periodic breathing, second wind, smoke, smoking, sniffle, snivel, snore, snoring, snuffle, stertor, wheeze

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