breathing definition by Webster's New World
Webster's New World College Dictionary Copyright © 2010 by Wiley Publishing, Inc., Cleveland, Ohio. Used by arrangement with John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
that breathes; living; alive
- a single breath or the time taken by this
- a pause for rest
breathing definition by American Heritage Dictionary
The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th edition Copyright © 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
- a. The act or process of respiration.b. A single breath.
- The time required to take one's breath.
- a. Either of two marks, the rough breathing ( ῾ ) and the smooth breathing ( ), used in Greek to indicate presence or absence of aspiration.b. The presence or absence of aspiration indicated by either of these marks.
breathing - Medical Definition
The alternate inhalation and exhalation of air in respiration.
Variant of breathe
intransitive verb, transitive verb breathed, breathing
- to take (air) into the lungs and let it out again; inhale and exhale, esp. easily and naturally
- to inhale (in full, ) or exhale (in full, )
- to carry on respiration (sense )
- to live
- Old Poet. to give out (an odor)
- to give out or instill as if by breathing: to breathe confidence
- Old Poet. to blow softly
- to speak or sing softly; whisper; murmur
- to give or take time to breathe; rest: to breathe a horse
- to pant or cause to pant, as from exertion
- to react with the air after being opened or decanted and thus develop further in flavor and bouquet: said of wine
- to allow the passage of air, water, vapor, etc. through or as through pores: said of fabrics
Origin: Middle English brethen ; from breth, breath
- breathable adjective