Hypertext Webster Gateway: "breath"

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Breath \Breath\ (br[e^]th), n. [OE. breth, breeth, AS.
br[=ae][eth] odor, scent, breath; cf. OHG. br[=a]dam steam,
vapor, breath, G. brodem, and possibly E. {Brawn}, and
1. 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.

Melted as breath into the wind. --Shak.

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

3. The power of respiration, and hence, life. --Hood.

Thou takest away their breath, they die. --Ps. civ.

4. Time to breathe; respite; pause.

Give me some breath, some little pause. --Shak.

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

He smiles and he frowns in a breath. --Dryden.

6. Fig.: That which gives or strengthens life.

The earthquake voice of victory, To thee the breath
of life. --Byron.

7. A single word; the slightest effort; a trifle.

A breath can make them, as a breath has made.

8. A very slight breeze; air in gentle motion.

Calm and unruffled as a summer's sea, when not a
breath of wind flies o'er its surface. --Addison.

9. Fragrance; exhalation; odor; perfume. --Tennison.

The breath of flowers. --Bacon.

10. Gentle exercise, causing a quicker respiration.

An after dinner's breath. --Shak.

{Out of breath}, breathless, exhausted; breathing with

{Under one's breath}, in low tones.

From WordNet (r) 1.7 (wn)

n 1: 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: the air that is inhaled and exhaled in respiration; "his
sour breath offended her"
3: a short respite [syn: {breather}, {breathing place}, {breathing
space}, {breathing spell}, {breathing time}]
4: an indirect suggestion; "not a breath of scandal ever
touched her" [syn: {hint}, {intimation}]
5: a slight movement of the air; "there wasn't a breath of air
in the room"
v : absorb air and reach optimal flavor, of wine; "This rare
Bordeaux must be allowed to breathe for at least 2 hours"

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