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breath

 (brĕth)
n.
1.
a. The act or process of breathing; respiration: swam down to the reef, holding his breath.
b. A single act of breathing: Take a deep breath.
2.
a. The air inhaled and exhaled in respiration: as long as there is breath in my lungs.
b. Air that is exhaled, as evidenced by vapor or odor: It's so cold you can see your breath.
3. The capacity to breathe, especially in a natural and unlabored manner: suffering from shortness of breath.
4. Spirit or vitality: colors that lend breath to his paintings.
5. A momentary pause or rest: If I could have a breath before I go on.
6. A momentary stirring of air: Not a breath of air stirred the leaves.
7. A softly spoken sound; a whisper: There was hardly a breath of protest.
8. Linguistics Exhalation of air without vibration of the vocal cords, as in the articulation of p and s.
Idioms:
in one/the same breath
At or almost at the same time.
out of breath
Breathing with difficulty, as from exertion; gasping.
under (one's) breath
In a muted voice or whisper.

[Middle English breth, from Old English brǣth; see gwhrē- in Indo-European roots.]

breath

(brɛθ)
n
1. (Physiology) the intake and expulsion of air during respiration
2. (Physiology) the air inhaled or exhaled during respiration
3. (Physiology) a single respiration or inhalation of air, etc
4. the vapour, heat, or odour of exhaled air: his breath on the window melted the frost.
5. a slight gust of air
6. a short pause or rest: take a breath for five minutes.
7. a brief time: it was done in a breath.
8. a suggestion or slight evidence; suspicion: a breath of scandal.
9. a whisper or soft sound
10. life, energy, or vitality: the breath of new industry.
11. (Phonetics & Phonology) phonetics the passage of air through the completely open glottis without vibration of the vocal cords, as in exhaling or pronouncing fricatives such as (f) or (h) or stops such as (p) or (k). Compare voice12
12. a breath of fresh air a refreshing change from what one is used to
13. catch one's breath to rest until breathing is normal, esp after exertion
14. hold one's breath to wait expectantly or anxiously
15. in the same breath done or said at the same time
16. out of breath gasping for air after exertion
17. save one's breath to refrain from useless talk
18. take one's breath away to overwhelm with surprise, etc
19. under one's breath below one's breath in a quiet voice or whisper
[Old English brǣth; related to brǣdan to burn, Old High German brādam heat, breath]

breath

(brɛθ)

n.
1. the air inhaled and exhaled in respiration.
2. respiration, esp. as necessary to life.
3. life; vitality.
4. the ability to breathe easily and normally: I stopped to regain my breath.
5. time to breathe; pause or respite.
6. a single inhalation or respiration: Take a deep breath.
7. the time required for a single respiration; moment.
8. a slight suggestion or hint: not touched by the breath of slander.
9. a light current of air.
10. the audible expiration of air from the lungs generating voiceless speech sounds, as (p), (k), or (sh).
11. moisture emitted in respiration, esp. when condensed and visible.
12. an odorous exhalation, or the air impregnated by it.
Idioms:
1. below or under one's breath, in a low voice or whisper.
2. catch one's breath, to pause so as to rest.
3. in the same breath, almost simultaneously.
4. out of breath, breathless from exertion.
[before 900; Middle English breth, breeth, Old English brǣth smell, exhalation; probably akin to breed]

breath

- From an Old English word meaning "scent, smell."
See also related terms for scent.

breathe

breath
1. 'breathe'

Breathe /briːð/ is a verb. When people or animals breathe, they take air into their lungs and let it out again.

It was difficult for him to breathe.
Always breathe through your nose.
2. 'breath'

Breath /breθ/ is a noun. Your breath is the air that you take into your lungs and let out again when you breathe.

She took a deep breath, then started to explain.
I could smell the coffee on his breath.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.breath - the process of taking in and expelling air during breathingbreath - the process of taking in and expelling air during breathing; "he took a deep breath and dived into the pool"; "he was fighting to his last breath"
breathing out, exhalation, expiration - the act of expelling air from the lungs
breathing in, inhalation, intake, aspiration, inspiration - the act of inhaling; the drawing in of air (or other gases) as in breathing
bodily function, bodily process, body process, activity - an organic process that takes place in the body; "respiratory activity"
2.breath - the air that is inhaled and exhaled in respiration; "his sour breath offended her"
air - a mixture of gases (especially oxygen) required for breathing; the stuff that the wind consists of; "air pollution"; "a smell of chemicals in the air"; "open a window and let in some air"; "I need some fresh air"
exhalation, halitus - exhaled breath
3.breath - a short respitebreath - a short respite      
rest period, rest, respite, relief - a pause for relaxation; "people actually accomplish more when they take time for short rests"
4.breath - an indirect suggestion; "not a breath of scandal ever touched her"
proffer, proposition, suggestion - a proposal offered for acceptance or rejection; "it was a suggestion we couldn't refuse"
5.breath - a slight movement of the air; "there wasn't a breath of air in the room"
breeze, gentle wind, zephyr, air - a slight wind (usually refreshing); "the breeze was cooled by the lake"; "as he waited he could feel the air on his neck"

breath

noun
1. air, wind, oxygen, puff (informal) I had nearly run out of breath when the boat was lifted.
2. inhalation, breathing, pant, gasp, gulp, wheeze, exhalation, respiration He took a deep breath and began to climb the stairs.
3. gust, sigh, puff, flutter, flurry, whiff, draught, waft, zephyr, slight movement, faint breeze Not even a breath of wind stirred the pine branches.
4. trace, suggestion, hint, whisper, suspicion, murmur, undertone, intimation It was left to her to add a breath of common sense.
5. odour, smell, aroma, whiff, vapour, niff (Brit. slang) A breath of cooking smell crept to her from the kitchen.
6. rest, breather He had to stop for breath.
7. life, energy, existence, vitality, animation, life force, lifeblood Here is no light, no breath, no warm flesh.
take your breath away amaze, surprise, stun, astonish, stagger, startle, astound, bowl over, sweep you off your feet, dumbfound I heard this song on the radio and it just took my breath away.

breath

noun
1. The vital principle or animating force within living beings:
2. The act or process of breathing:
3. Air breathed out, evidenced by vapor, odor, or heat:
Translations
تنفُّسنفسنَفَس
dechdýchání
åndeindånding
hengitys
dah
légzéslélegzet
andiöndun
be kvapokvėpavimasoro trūkumaspašnibždomissulaikius kvapą
elpaelpošana
dýchanie
sapavdih
andetag
ลมหายใจ
nefesnefes/soluk almasoluk
hơi thở

breath

[breθ]
A. N
1. (lit) (= respiration) → aliento m
you could smell the whisky on his breathestaba claro que el aliento le olía a whisky
without pausing for breathsin detenerse ni un momento para recobrar el aliento or la respiración
to have bad breathtener mal aliento
he stopped running to catch his breathdejó de correr para recobrar el aliento or la respiración
the pain made her catch her breathel dolor hizo que se le cortara la respiración
to draw breath (lit) → respirar (liter) (= exist) he was one of the meanest people who ever drew breathera una de las personas más mezquinas que jamás ha visto este mundo
to draw one's first breath (liter) → venir al mundo
to draw one's last breath (liter) → exhalar el último suspiro (liter)
to get one's breath backrecobrar el aliento or la respiración
to hold one's breath (lit) → contener la respiración (fig) the whole world is holding its breathel mundo entero está en vilo
"he said he would be here" - "well, I wouldn't hold your breath"-dijo que vendría -sí, pues yo le esperaría sentado
to lose one's breathperder el aliento
to be/get out of breathestar/quedar sin aliento
in the same or next breathacto seguido
she felt hot and short of breathtenía calor y se ahogaba
he was short of breath after the climbestaba sin aliento después de la escalada
she has asthma and sometimes gets short of breathtiene asma y a veces se ahoga or le falta el aliento
she sucked in her breathtomó aliento, aspiró
to take a breathrespirar
he took a deep breathrespiró hondo
to take one's breath awaydejar a uno sin habla
he muttered something under his breathdijo algo entre dientes or en voz baja
to waste one's breathgastar saliva (en balde)
see also bated, save A4
2. (fig) (= puff) → soplo m
there wasn't a breath of windno corría ni un soplo de viento
we must avoid the slightest breath of scandaldebemos evitar el más mínimo soplo de escándalo
a breath of fresh air we went out for a breath of fresh airsalimos a tomar el (aire) fresco
she's like a breath of fresh aires como un soplo de aire fresco
B. CPD breath test N (Aut) → prueba f de alcoholemia
see also breath-test

breath

[ˈbrɛθ] n
(= air inhaled or exhaled) → haleine f
to have bad breath → avoir mauvaise haleine
out of breath → à bout de souffle, essoufflé(e)
to be short of breath → avoir le souffle court
to get one's breath back → reprendre son souffle
to catch one's breath → reprendre son souffle
it made me catch my breath (= gasp) → cela m'a coupé le souffle
to gasp for breath → haleter
to pause for breath → s'arrêter pour reprendre son souffle
it takes your breath away → c'est à vous couper le souffle
to hold one's breath → retenir son souffle
don't hold your breath! (= don't bank on it) → ne compte pas trop là-dessus!
I won't hold my breath → je ne compterai pas trop là-dessus
to waste one's breath → gaspiller sa salive
I haven't had time to draw breath → je n'ai pas eu le temps de souffler
to take one's last breath (literary)rendre le dernier soupir
in the same breath, in the next breath → deux secondes plus tard
under one's breath → à voix basse
to take a breath → respirer
to take a deep breath → respirer profondément
[wind] → souffle m
There wasn't a breath of wind → Il n'y avait pas un souffle d'air.
to go out for a breath of air → sortir prendre l'air
a breath of fresh air (fig)une bouffée d'air frais

breath

n
Atem m; to take a deep breatheinmal tief Luft holen; (before diving, singing etc) → einmal tief einatmen; bad or stinky (inf) breathMundgeruch m; to have bad breathaus dem Mund riechen, Mundgeruch haben; with one’s dying breathmit dem letzten Atemzug; to draw one’s last breath (liter)seinen letzten Atemzug tun; out of breathaußer Atem, atemlos; short of breathkurzatmig; to stop for breathsich verschnaufen, eine Pause zum Luftholen machen; to get one’s breath backwieder zu Atem kommen; in the same breathim selben Atemzug; to say something all in one breathetw in einem Atemzug sagen; to take somebody’s breath awayjdm den Atem verschlagen; to say something under one’s breathetw vor sich (acc)hin murmeln; save your breathspar dir die Spucke (inf); you’re wasting your breathdu redest umsonst ? fresh air
(= slight stirring) breath of windLüftchen nt; there wasn’t a breath of aires regte sich or wehte kein Lüftchen
(fig, = whisper) → Hauch m, → Sterbenswörtchen nt

breath

[brɛθ] nfiato, alito; (act of breathing) → respiro
she drew a deep breath → fece un respiro profondo
bad breath → alito cattivo
in the same breath → nello stesso istante
out of breath → senza fiato
under one's breath → sotto voce
to go out for a breath of air → uscire a prendere una boccata d'aria
to hold one's breath → trattenere il fiato or il respiro
to get one's breath back → riprendere fiato
it took my breath away → mi ha lasciato senza fiato, mi ha mozzato il respiro

breath

(breθ) noun
1. the air drawn into, and then sent out from, the lungs. My dog's breath smells terrible.
2. an act of breathing. Take a deep breath.
ˈbreathless adjective
having difficulty in breathing normally. His asthma makes him breathless; He was breathless after climbing the hill.
ˈbreathlessly adverb
ˈbreathlessness noun
hold one's breath
to stop breathing (often because of anxiety or to avoid being heard). He held his breath as he watched the daring acrobat.
out of breath
breathless (through running etc). I'm out of breath after climbing all these stairs.
under one's breath
in a whisper. He swore under his breath.

breath is a noun: He held his breath .
breathe is a verb: He found it difficult to breathe .

breath

نَفَس dech ånde Atem ανάσα aliento hengitys haleine dah alito adem pust oddech respiração дыхание andetag ลมหายใจ nefes hơi thở 呼吸

breath

n. respiración, aliento, soplo; pop. resuello;
___ soundsruidos respiratorios;
coarse ______ gruesa;
short of ___corto de ___, falto de aliento;
out of ___falto de ___, sin aliento;
v.
to be out of ___faltar la ___, estar sofacado-a;
to gasp for ___jadear;
to take a deep ___respirar profundamente;
to hold one's ___sostener, aguantar la ___;
___ testprueba de aliento.

breath

n aliento, respiración f; bad — mal aliento; — test prueba del aliento; short of — sin aire or aliento; shortness of — falta de aire or aliento, dificultad f para respirar, ahogo; to be short of — faltar(le) (a uno) el aire or aliento; Do you get short of breath when you walk?..¿Le falta el aire (aliento) cuando camina?…How many blocks can you walk before you get short of breath?..¿Cuántas cuadras puede caminar antes de que le falte el aire (aliento)?; to hold one’s — contener or aguantar la respiración; Hold your breath..Contenga (Aguante) la respiración; to take a deep — respirar profundo or hondo; Take a deep breath..Respire profundo (hondo).
References in classic literature ?
The gruff tones of Hugo's voice, with an occasional shout when his feelings overcame him, were very impressive, and the audience applauded the moment he paused for breath.
I must catch Hal and tell him," he kept thinking, and although his breath came in gasps he kept running harder and harder.
He lay patiently fighting for breath, like a child with croup.
It muddled her like wine, or like a first breath of freedom.
Even so," replied the stranger, making diligent use of his triangular castor, to produce a circulation in the close air of the woods, and leaving his hearers in doubt to which of the young man's questions he responded; when, however, he had cooled his face, and recovered his breath, he continued, "I hear you are riding to William Henry; as I am journeying thitherward myself, I concluded good company would seem consistent to the wishes of both parties.
With the lids drooping over her eyes,--now lifted for an instant, and drawn down again as with leaden weights,--she leaned slightly towards him, and seemed almost to regulate her breath by his.
In man, breathing is incessantly going on --one breath only serving for two or three pulsations; so that whatever other business he has to attend to, waking or sleeping, breathe he must, or die he will.
So I had held my breath all that time for such a trifle.
He would cry for nothing; he would burst into storms of devilish temper without notice, and let go scream after scream and squall after squall, then climax the thing with "holding his breath"-- that frightful specialty of the teething nursling, in the throes of which the creature exhausts its lungs, then is convulsed with noiseless squirmings and twistings and kickings in the effort to get its breath, while the lips turn blue and the mouth stands wide and rigid, offering for inspection one wee tooth set in the lower rim of a hoop of red gums; and when the appalling stillness has endured until one is sure the lost breath will never return, a nurse comes flying, and dashes water in the child's face, and--presto
In his uneasiness Huck found himself drawing closer and closer to the alley; fearing all sorts of dreadful things, and momentarily expecting some catastrophe to happen that would take away his breath.
He now sat down again very much out of breath, gasping at his pipe as if it contained a supply of that necessary, without which he must perish.
the tree at whose foot I lay had opened its rocky side, and in the cleft, like a long lily-bud sliding from its green sheath, stood a dryad, and my speech failed and my breath went as I looked upon her beauty, for which mortality has no simile.