breathing Meaning, Definition & Usage
noun the bodily process of inhalation and exhalation; the process of taking in oxygen from inhaled air and releasing carbon dioxide by exhalation
external respiration; respiration; ventilation.
verb draw air into, and expel out of, the lungs
breathe; respire; take a breath; suspire.
- I can breathe better when the air is clean
- The patient is respiring
verb be alive
- Every creature that breathes
verb impart as if by breathing
- He breathed new life into the old house
verb allow the passage of air through
- Our new synthetic fabric breathes and is perfect for summer wear
verb utter or tell
verb manifest or evince
- She breathes the Christian spirit
verb take a short break from one's activities in order to relax
breathe; take a breather; catch one's breath; rest.
verb reach full flavor by absorbing air and being let to stand after having been uncorked
- This rare Bordeaux must be allowed to breathe for at least 2 hours
verb expel (gases or odors)
breathe; emit; pass off.
adjective 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
- Respiration; the act of inhaling and exhaling air.
Subject to a difficulty of breathing.
- Air in gentle motion.
- Any gentle influence or operation; inspiration; as, the breathings of the Spirit.
- Aspiration; secret prayer. "Earnest desires and breathings after that blessed state."
- Exercising; promotion of respiration.
Here is a lady that wants breathing too;
And I have heard, you knights of Tyre
Are excellent in making ladies trip.
- Utterance; communication or publicity by words.
I am sorry to give breathing to my purpose.
- Breathing place; vent.
- Stop; pause; delay.
You shake the head at so long a breathing.
- 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.
- (Gr. Gram.) A mark to indicate aspiration or its absence. See Rough breathing, Smooth breathing, below.
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