Breath

Definition of Breath

Pronunciation: brĕth
n.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.
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.
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.

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