What does breathing mean?

Definitions for breathing
ˈbri ðɪŋbreath·ing

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. breathing, external respiration, respiration, ventilationadjective

    the bodily process of inhalation and exhalation; the process of taking in oxygen from inhaled air and releasing carbon dioxide by exhalation

  2. breathing, eupneic, eupnoeicadjective

    passing or able to pass air in and out of the lungs normally; sometimes used in combination

    "the boy was disappointed to find only skeletons instead of living breathing dinosaurs"; "the heavy-breathing person on the telephone"

Wiktionary

  1. breathingnoun

    The act of respiration; a single instance of this.

  2. breathingnoun

    A diacritical mark indicating aspiration or lack thereof.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Breathingnoun

    Etymology: from breathe.

    While to high heav’n his pious breathings turn’d,
    Weeping he hop’d, and sacrificing mourn’d. Matthew Prior.

    The warmth distends the chinks, and makes
    New breathings, whence new nourishment she takes. Dryd.

Wikipedia

  1. Breathing

    Breathing (or ventilation) is the process of moving air into and from the lungs to facilitate gas exchange with the internal environment, mostly to flush out carbon dioxide and bring in oxygen. All aerobic creatures need oxygen for cellular respiration, which extracts energy from the reaction of oxygen with molecules derived from food and produces carbon dioxide as a waste product. Breathing, or "external respiration", brings air into the lungs where gas exchange takes place in the alveoli through diffusion. The body's circulatory system transports these gases to and from the cells, where "cellular respiration" takes place.The breathing of all vertebrates with lungs consists of repetitive cycles of inhalation and exhalation through a highly branched system of tubes or airways which lead from the nose to the alveoli. The number of respiratory cycles per minute is the breathing or respiratory rate, and is one of the four primary vital signs of life. Under normal conditions the breathing depth and rate is automatically, and unconsciously, controlled by several homeostatic mechanisms which keep the partial pressures of carbon dioxide and oxygen in the arterial blood constant. Keeping the partial pressure of carbon dioxide in the arterial blood unchanged under a wide variety of physiological circumstances, contributes significantly to tight control of the pH of the extracellular fluids (ECF). Over-breathing (hyperventilation) and under-breathing (hypoventilation), which decrease and increase the arterial partial pressure of carbon dioxide respectively, cause a rise in the pH of ECF in the first case, and a lowering of the pH in the second. Both cause distressing symptoms. Breathing has other important functions. It provides a mechanism for speech, laughter and similar expressions of the emotions. It is also used for reflexes such as yawning, coughing and sneezing. Animals that cannot thermoregulate by perspiration, because they lack sufficient sweat glands, may lose heat by evaporation through panting.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Breathing

    of Breathe

  2. Breathingnoun

    respiration; the act of inhaling and exhaling air

  3. Breathingnoun

    air in gentle motion

  4. Breathingnoun

    any gentle influence or operation; inspiration; as, the breathings of the Spirit

  5. Breathingnoun

    aspiration; secret prayer

  6. Breathingnoun

    exercising; promotion of respiration

  7. Breathingnoun

    utterance; communication or publicity by words

  8. Breathingnoun

    breathing place; vent

  9. Breathingnoun

    stop; pause; delay

  10. Breathingnoun

    also, in a wider sense, the sound caused by the friction of the outgoing breath in the throat, mouth, etc., when the glottis is wide open; aspiration; the sound expressed by the letter h

  11. Breathingnoun

    a mark to indicate aspiration or its absence. See Rough breathing, Smooth breathing, below

Freebase

  1. Breathing

    Breathing is the process that moves air in and out of the lungs or oxygen through other breathing organs such as gills. Aerobic organisms of these types—such as birds, mammals, and reptiles—require oxygen to release energy via respiration, in the form of the metabolism of energy-rich molecules such as glucose. Breathing is only one process that delivers oxygen to where it is needed in the body and removes carbon dioxide. Another important process involves the movement of blood by the circulatory system. Gas exchange occurs in the pulmonary alveoli by passive diffusion of gases between the alveolar gas and the blood in lung capillaries. Once these dissolved gases are in the blood, the heart powers their flow around the body. The medical term for normal relaxed breathing is eupnea. In addition to removing carbon dioxide, breathing results in loss of water from the body. Exhaled air has a relative humidity of 100% because of water diffusing across the moist surface of breathing passages and alveoli.

Editors Contribution

  1. breathingverb

    Verb form of the word breathe.

    Breathing is a natural part of the body of an animal and human being.


    Submitted by MaryC on March 20, 2020  

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of breathing in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of breathing in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of breathing in a Sentence

  1. Douglas Ridloff:

    I breathe American Sign Language, when ASL stops, then I will stop breathing.

  2. Aneelah Afzali:

    I had difficulty breathing, and a sickening feeling grew in my belly -- about those killed, about what this would mean for our country and the world.

  3. Claire Rothstein:

    Breastfeeding is the most normal thing in the world, like breathing and I can't for the life of me imagine why or how it is ever frowned upon or scared of, i don't even think it needs explaining but just wanted to put this out there, as if it even changes one person's perception of something so natural, so normal, so amazing then that's great.

  4. bj vengai chirwa:

    as simple as breathing but difficulty to control

  5. Antonio Varoneis:

    In the '90s it was said there is nothing to do for these kids.I remember them well. ... They had trouble moving and breathing ... swallowing.But they had the capacity to look at you, to smile at you, to communicate.How could you do nothing for these kids?We can't talk about life having an economic value.

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