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breath


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Breath  \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. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  breath 
  n  1:  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" 
  2:  the  air  that  is  inhaled  and  exhaled  in  respiration;  "his 
  sour  breath  offended  her" 
  3:  a  short  respite  [syn:  {breather},  {breathing  place},  {breathing 
  space},  {breathing  spell},  {breathing  time}] 
  4:  an  indirect  suggestion;  "not  a  breath  of  scandal  ever 
  touched  her"  [syn:  {hint},  {intimation}] 
  5:  a  slight  movement  of  the  air;  "there  wasn't  a  breath  of  air 
  in  the  room" 




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