An example of breath is when you take in air.
Not a breath of air stirred the leaves.
There was hardly a breath of protest.
To get one's breath back.
Suffering from shortness of breath.
Colors that lend breath to his paintings.
If I could have a breath before I go on.
- At or almost at the same time.
- Breathing with difficulty, as from exertion; gasping.
- In a muted voice or whisper.
- to gasp
- to return to normal breathing after exertion
- to rest or pause
- almost simultaneously
- breathless, as from exertion
- to refrain from talking when talk would be useless
- to strike someone with awe; thrill or dumbfound
- in a whisper or murmur
Idioms and Phrasal Verbs
Origin of breath
- Middle English breth from Old English brǣth gwhrē- in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Middle English breeth, breth, from Old English brǣþ (“odor, scent, stink, exhalation, vapor”), from Proto-Germanic *brēþiz (“vapour, waft, exhalation, breath”), from Proto-Indo-European *bʰrē-t- (“exhalation from heat; steam”), from Proto-Indo-European *bʰer- (“to seethe, toss about, cook”). Cognate with Scots breth, breith (“breath”), German Brodem (“steam, vapour, fume, odour”). Related also to Icelandic bráður (“hasty, hurried, excited, rash”). More at brath.