Breath"ing(), n. 1. Respiration; the act of inhaling and exhaling air.
Subject to a difficulty of breathing.Melmoth.
2. Air in gentle motion.
3. Any gentle influence or operation; inspiration; as, the
breathings of the Spirit.
4. Aspiration; secret prayer. "Earnest desires and breathings after that blessed state."
5. Exercising; promotion of respiration.
Here is a lady that wants breathing too;Shak.
And I have heard, you knights of Tyre
Are excellent in making ladies trip.
6. Utterance; communication or publicity by words.
I am sorry to give breathing to my purpose.Shak.
7. Breathing place; vent.
8. Stop; pause; delay.
You shake the head at so long a breathing.Shak.
9. 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
(Gr. Gram.) A mark to indicate aspiration or its absence. See
Smooth breathing, below.
Breathing place. (a) A pause. "That csura, or breathing place, in the midst of the verse."
Sir P. Sidney. (b) A vent. --
Breathing time, pause; relaxation.
Bp. Hall. --
Breathing while, time sufficient for drawing breath; a short time.
Rough breathing (spiritus asper) (). See 2d Asper,
Smooth breathing (spiritus lenis), a mark (') indicating the absence of the sound of h, as in 'ie`nai (ienai).
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