What does breath mean?

Definitions for breath
brɛθbreath

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. breath(noun)

    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. breath(noun)

    the air that is inhaled and exhaled in respiration

    "his sour breath offended her"

  3. breath, breather, breathing place, breathing space, breathing spell, breathing time(noun)

    a short respite

  4. hint, intimation, breath(noun)

    an indirect suggestion

    "not a breath of scandal ever touched her"

  5. breath(noun)

    a slight movement of the air

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

Wiktionary

  1. breath(Noun)

    The act or process of breathing.

    Etymology: bræþ, from brēþaz, from bʰrēto-.

  2. breath(Noun)

    A single act of breathing in or out.

    I took a deep breath and started the test.

    Etymology: bræþ, from brēþaz, from bʰrēto-.

  3. breath(Noun)

    Air expelled from the lungs.

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

    Etymology: bræþ, from brēþaz, from bʰrēto-.

  4. breath(Noun)

    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. breath(Noun)

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

    Etymology: bræþ, from brēþaz, from bʰrēto-.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Breath(noun)

    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. Breath(noun)

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

  3. Breath(noun)

    the power of respiration, and hence, life

  4. Breath(noun)

    time to breathe; respite; pause

  5. Breath(noun)

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

  6. Breath(noun)

    fig.: That which gives or strengthens life

  7. Breath(noun)

    a single word; the slightest effort; a trifle

  8. Breath(noun)

    a very slight breeze; air in gentle motion

  9. Breath(noun)

    fragrance; exhalation; odor; perfume

  10. Breath(noun)

    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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How to say breath in sign language?

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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. William Butler Yeats:

    I balanced all, brought all to mind, the years to come seemed waste of breath, a waste of breath the years behind, in balance with this life, this death.

  2. Jason Arnold:

    I got back to the States and the next thing I knew, I was out of breath. I had trouble breathing.

  3. EMEASOBA GEORGE:

    You should be thankful to God (almighty) always. If not for any other reason at least he wakes you up from sleep everyday. Oh! yes, you've never waken up from sleep by your own self and strenght. In fact, if God (almighty) decides not to wake you up from sleep, there is nothing you can do about it. I mean, you will immediately drop dead. For, you can't wake up from sleep by your own self and strenght, even the breath of life itself comes from him (God) alone and he can decide to withdraw it from you any time he feels like (unannounced), mark you. So come on, be thankful to God and remain thankful to him (come what may). ~Emeasoba George

  4. Marcus Aurelius Antoninus:

    This Being of mine, whatever it really is, consists of a little flesh, a little breath, and the part which governs.

  5. Debasish Mridha, M.D.:

    Hope is the thread between life and death, as long as hope is alive, we take breath.

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