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Definitions for breathless
ˈbrɛθ lɪsbreath·less

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. breathless, dyspneic, dyspnoeic, dyspneal, dyspnoealadjective

    not breathing or able to breathe except with difficulty

    "breathless at thought of what I had done"; "breathless from running"; "followed the match with breathless interest"

  2. breathless, breathtakingadjective

    tending to cause suspension of regular breathing

    "a breathless flight"; "breathtaking adventure"

  3. breathless, inanimate, pulselessadjective

    appearing dead; not breathing or having no perceptible pulse

    "an inanimate body"; "pulseless and dead"


  1. breathlessadjective

    Having difficulty breathing; gasping.

  2. breathlessadjective

    That makes one hold one's breath (with excitement etc.).

  3. breathlessadjective

    Not breathing; apparently dead.

  4. breathlessadjective

    Having no wind; still, calm or airless.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Breathlessadjective

    Etymology: from breath.

    Well knew
    The prince, with patience and sufferance fly,
    So hasty heat soon cooled to subdue;
    Tho’ when he breathless wax, that battle ’gan renew. Fairy Q.

    I remember when the fight was done,
    When I was dry with rage, and extreme toil,
    Breathless, and faint, leaning upon my sword,
    Came there a certain lord. William Shakespeare, Henry IV. p. i.

    Many so strained themselves in their race, that they fell down breathless and dead. John Hayward.

    Breathless and tir’d, is all my fury spent,
    Or does my glutted spleen at length relent? John Dryden, Æn.

    Kneeling before this ruin of sweet life,
    And breathing to this breathless excellence,
    The incense of a vow, a holy vow. William Shakespeare, King John.

    Yielding to the sentence, breathless thou
    And pale shalt lie, as what thou buriest now. Matthew Prior.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Breathlessadjective

    spent with labor or violent action; out of breath

  2. Breathlessadjective

    not breathing; holding the breath, on account of fear, expectation, or intense interest; attended with a holding of the breath; as, breathless attention

  3. Breathlessadjective

    dead; as, a breathless body


  1. Breathless

    Breathless is a 1960 French film directed by Jean-Luc Godard. It was his first feature-length work, and one of the earliest, most influential of the French New Wave. At the time, the film attracted much attention for its bold visual style and the innovative use of jump cuts. Breathless, together with François Truffaut's The 400 Blows and Alain Resnais's Hiroshima, Mon Amour, both released a year earlier, brought international acclaim to the French nouvelle vague. A fully restored version of the film was released in the U.S. for the 50th anniversary of the film in May 2010. When originally released in France, the film had 2,082,760 cinema goers.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of breathless in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of breathless in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of breathless in a Sentence

  1. Alfonso Cuarón:

    I grew up watching foreign language films and learning so much from them and being inspired -- films like' Citizen Kane,'' Jaws,'' Rashomon,'' The Godfather' and' Breathless...' Claude Chabrol said,' There are no waves, there's only the ocean,' i think that the nominees tonight have proven that we are part of the same ocean.

  2. Rupert Brooke:

    Breathless, we flung us on a windy hill, Laughed in the sun, and kissed the lovely grass.

  3. Daniel Andrews:

    I would just say (to Josh Frydenberg), 'This is not about you, and your breathless political rants don't work against this virus'. The focus should be on the amazing vaccine push from Victorians. This is their moment.

  4. Alfonso Cuaron:

    Films like 'Citizen Kane,' 'Jaws,' 'Rashomon,' 'The Godfather' and 'Breathless,'.

  5. Nick Clegg:

    If you listened to some of our more breathless critics, you could be forgiven for thinking that we are single-handedly dismantling western democracy, collaborating with the Russians, the Iranians, the Bilderberg Group, the Illuminati and the guys who faked the moon landings to manipulate our citizens, rig elections and tear down our democratic institutions.

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  • неподвижен, бездиханен, задъхващ се, със затаен дъх, задъханBulgarian
  • atemlosGerman
  • tyyni, hengetön, henkeäsalpaava, hengästynytFinnish
  • бездыханный, безветренный, задыхающийся, [[затаить, неподвижный, запыхавшийсяRussian
  • بیدمUrdu

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