What does breathless mean?

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.


  1. Breathless

    Breathless is the fifth and final single from Corinne Bailey Raes debut album, Corinne Bailey Rae. Released in 2007 only in the United States.


  1. breathless

    Breathless refers to a state of being unable to breathe smoothly or comfortably, often due to intensive physical exertion, extreme fear, excitement, or a medical condition. It can also be used metaphorically to describe a thrilling or exciting situation which leaves one feeling overwhelmed.

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. Alfonso Cuaron:

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

  3. Shah Asad Rizvi:

    Dance zigzag or in a straight line; while taking a breath or remaining breathless, celebrate this moment with a step of life

  4. Susan Gordon:

    Acting Director Haspel is so solid, so true, and so not breathless that Acting Director Haspel will be an amazing leader of Trumps CIA.

  5. Rhonda Cohen:

    We're frightened, yet we're also excited at the same time. ... We release dopamine which provides us with a pleasurable feeling, the first second you start accelerating incredibly fast, it leaves you almost breathless.

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  • неподвижен, задъхан, бездиханен, със затаен дъх, задъхващ сеBulgarian
  • atemlosGerman
  • tyyni, hengetön, hengästynyt, henkeäsalpaavaFinnish
  • sem fôlegoPortuguese
  • бездыханный, [[затаить, задыхающийся, безветренный, неподвижный, запыхавшийсяRussian
  • بیدمUrdu

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