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Princeton's WordNet

  1. breathnoun

    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. breathnoun

    the air that is inhaled and exhaled in respiration

    "his sour breath offended her"

  3. breath, breather, breathing place, breathing space, breathing spell, breathing timenoun

    a short respite

  4. hint, intimation, breathnoun

    an indirect suggestion

    "not a breath of scandal ever touched her"

  5. breathnoun

    a slight movement of the air

    "there wasn't a breath of air in the room"


  1. breathnoun

    The act or process of breathing.

  2. breathnoun

    A single act of breathing in or out.

    I took a deep breath and started the test.

  3. breathnoun

    Air expelled from the lungs.

    I could feel the runner's breath on my shoulder.

  4. breathnoun

    A rest or pause.

    Let's stop for a breath when we get to the top of the hill.

  5. breathnoun

    a small amount of something, such as wind, or common sense

  6. Etymology: bræþ, from brēþaz, from bʰrēto-.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. BREATHnoun

    Etymology: braðe, Saxon.

    Whither are they vanish’d?
    Into the air: and what seem’d corporal
    Melted, as breath into the wind. William Shakespeare, King Lear.

    No man has more contempt than I of breath;
    But whence hast thou the pow’r to give me death? Dryden.

    At other times, he casts to sue the chace
    Of swift wild beasts, or run on foot a race,
    T’enlarge his breath, large breath in arms most needful,
    Or else, by wrestling, to wax strong and heedful. Edmund Spenser.

    What is your difference? speak. ——
    —— I am scarce in breath, my lord. William Shakespeare, King Lear.

    Spaniard, take breath; some respite I’ll afford;
    My cause is more advantage than your sword. Dryden.

    Our swords so wholly did the fates employ,
    That they, at length, grew weary to destroy;
    Refus’d the work we brought, and out of breath,
    Made sorrow and despair attend for death. John Dryden, Aureng.

    Rest, that gives all men life, gave him his death,
    And too much breathing put him out of breath. John Milton.

    Give me some breath; some little pause, dear lord,
    Before I positively speak. William Shakespeare, Richard III.

    Vent all thy passion, and I’ll stand its shock,
    Calm and unruffled as a summer’s sea,
    When not a breath of wind flies o’er its surface. Joseph Addison, Cato.

    You menace me, and court me in a breath,
    Your Cupid looks as dreadfully as death. Dryden.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Breathnoun

    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

  2. Breathnoun

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

  3. Breathnoun

    the power of respiration, and hence, life

  4. Breathnoun

    time to breathe; respite; pause

  5. Breathnoun

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

  6. Breathnoun

    fig.: That which gives or strengthens life

  7. Breathnoun

    a single word; the slightest effort; a trifle

  8. Breathnoun

    a very slight breeze; air in gentle motion

  9. Breathnoun

    fragrance; exhalation; odor; perfume

  10. Breathnoun

    gentle exercise, causing a quicker respiration


  1. Breath

    Respiro is a 2002 Italian film written and directed by Emanuele Crialese and released in English-language markets in 2003. The film stars Valeria Golino, Vincenzo Amato, and Francesco Casisa. In the Italian language, respiro means a "breath".

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Breath

    breth, n. the air drawn into and then expelled from the lungs: power of breathing: life: the time occupied by once breathing: a very slight breeze.—adjs. Breath′ful (Spens.), full of breath or air, also full of scent or odour; Breath′less, out of breath: dead: excessively eager, as if holding one's breath from excitement.—n. Breath′lessness.—To catch the breath, to stop breathing for an instant; To spend one's breath, as in profitless talk; To take breath, to recover freedom of breathing; With bated breath, with breath restrained from reverence or fear. [A.S. brǽth; Ger. brodem, steam, breath.]

Editors Contribution

  1. breath

    The air that we breathe.

    When I hugged my husband I could smell morning coffee off his breath.

    Submitted by MaryC on December 31, 2019  

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'breath' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2023

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'breath' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3639

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'breath' in Nouns Frequency: #881

Anagrams for breath »

  1. bather

  2. bertha

  3. Bertha

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of breath in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of breath in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of breath in a Sentence

  1. New Hampshire:

    That would be a nice breath of fresh air for America, and I think that’s what everyone hopes for.

  2. Sunisa Lee:

    I just told myself to take a deep breath and do what I normally do, because this is a time where I had to just my gymnastics do its thing.

  3. Jennifer Kempton:

    It started when I got the one on my neck covered up and the next morning when I looked at myself in the mirror and I wasn't reminded that I worked for gangs and I was a part of that kind of life, to have this beautiful flower opening and blooming, it was just, gave me a whole new breath of life.

  4. Unknown:

    Life is not measured by the breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.

  5. Richard Levitan:

    Their X-ray's looked awful, their oxygen was terrible, and yet they're completely awake, alert on a cell phone, and they all said is they've been somewhat sick for days, and then only recently did they notice either shortness of breath or fatigue or something else.

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