breath

breath
breath [breth]
n.
[ME breth < OE bræth, odor, exhalation < IE base * bher-, well up > FERMENT, BARM, BROOD]
1. air taken into the lungs and then let out
2. the act of breathing; respiration
3. the power to breathe easily and naturally [to get one's breath back]
4. life or spirit
5. air or vapor given off from anything
6. air carrying fragrance or odor
7. a puff or whiff, as of air; slight breeze
8. moisture produced by a condensing of the breath, as in cold air
9. an utterance, esp. in a low voice; whisper or murmur
10. the time taken by a single respiration; a moment
11. a slight pause or rest
12. a faint hint or indication
13. Phonet. a voiceless exhalation of the airstream with relative stillness at the vocal cords, as in pronouncing (s) or (p)
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catch one's breath
1. to gasp
2. to return to normal breathing after exertion
3. Informal to rest or pause
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in the same breath
almost simultaneously
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out of breath
breathless, as from exertion
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save one's breath
Informal to refrain from talking when talk would be useless
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take someone's breath away
strike someone with awe; thrill
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under one's breath or below one's breath
in a whisper or murmur

English World dictionary. . 2014.

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