What does breath mean?

Definitions for breath
brɛθbreath

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word breath.

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"

Wiktionary

  1. breathnoun

    The act or process of breathing.

    Etymology: bræþ, from brēþaz, from bʰrēto-.

  2. breathnoun

    A single act of breathing in or out.

    I took a deep breath and started the test.

    Etymology: bræþ, from brēþaz, from bʰrēto-.

  3. breathnoun

    Air expelled from the lungs.

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

    Etymology: bræþ, from brēþaz, from bʰrēto-.

  4. breathnoun

    A rest or pause.

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

    Etymology: bræþ, from brēþaz, from bʰrēto-.

  5. breathnoun

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

    Etymology: bræþ, from brēþaz, from bʰrēto-.

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

Freebase

  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. bertha, Bertha

  2. bather

  3. Bertha

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Numerology

  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. Adlai Ewing Stevenson:

    When an American says that he loves his country, he ... means that he loves an inner air, an inner light in which freedom lives and in which a man can draw the breath of self-respect.

  2. Brandi Newsome:

    We see patients who notice they’ve had some symptoms when they look back at it, they’ll say, ‘Oh, when I was a kid, I couldn’t really run far without being short of breath,’ but nobody diagnosed it then.

  3. Shah Asad Rizvi:

    Experience the journey across countless worlds when the role of breath is taken by dancing steps

  4. Hulk Hogan:

    We just did everything together, to the point where he helped my daughter with her music. He helped my son with the stuff he wanted to do, and I went through a really tough time when my father passed away … as [ my father ] took his last breath Bubba was there with me... There was never any question of who he was or what he meant to me. I believed in my heart he was my best friend.

  5. Laura Fontana:

    I took a deep breath, because I knew it would happen, even against all rational thinking that it should.

Images & Illustrations of breath

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