Breath

Breath

(brth), n. [OE. breth, breeth, AS. br odor, scent, breath; cf. OHG. brdam steam, vapor, breath, G. brodem, and possibly E. Brawn, and Breed.] 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.
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Melted as breath into the wind.
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2. The act of breathing naturally or freely; the power or capacity to breathe freely; as, I am out of breath.
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3. The power of respiration, and hence, life. Hood.
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Thou takest away their breath, they die.
Ps. civ. 29.
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4. Time to breathe; respite; pause.
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Give me some breath, some little pause.
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5. A single respiration, or the time of making it; a single act; an instant.
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He smiles and he frowns in a breath.
Dryden.
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6. Fig.: That which gives or strengthens life.
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The earthquake voice of victory,
To thee the breath of life.
Byron.
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7. A single word; the slightest effort; a trifle.
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A breath can make them, as a breath has made.
Goldsmith.
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8. A very slight breeze; air in gentle motion.
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Calm and unruffled as a summer's sea,
when not a breath of wind flies o'er its surface.
Addison.
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9. Fragrance; exhalation; odor; perfume. Tennison.
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The breath of flowers.
Bacon.
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10. Gentle exercise, causing a quicker respiration.
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An after dinner's breath.
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Out of breath, breathless, exhausted; breathing with difficulty. -- Under one's breath, in low tones.
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