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breath·ing

 (brē′thĭng)
n.
1.
a. The act or process of respiration.
b. A single breath.
2. The time required to take one's breath.
3.
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

(ˈbriːðɪŋ)
n
1. (Physiology) the passage of air into and out of the lungs to supply the body with oxygen
2. a single breath: a breathing between words.
3. an utterance: a breathing of hate.
4. a soft movement, esp of air
5. a rest or pause
6. (Phonetics & Phonology) phonetics
a. expulsion of breath (rough breathing) or absence of such expulsion (smooth breathing) preceding the pronunciation of an initial vowel or rho in ancient Greek
b. either of two symbols indicating this

breath•ing

(ˈbri ðɪŋ)

n.
1. the act of respiration.
2. a single breath, or the short time required for this.
3. a pause, as for breath.
4. utterance or words.
5. a gentle stirring, as of wind.
6.
a. the manner of articulating the beginning of a word in ancient Greek, with or without aspiration.
b. one of the two symbols used to indicate this.
[1350–1400]
breath′ing•ly, adv.

Breathing

 
  1. Alimentary canal … working like a derrick without a soul —Tess Slesinger
  2. Breath … as black as funerals —Miles Gibson

    See Also: BLACK

  3. (His) breath came heavily, like puffs of wind over a stormy sea —Walter De La Mare
  4. Breath came like puffs from a steam locomotive —Gerald Tomlinson
  5. Breath clear and sweet like a child’s —Flannery O’Connor
  6. Breathed as if she had a fever —Mark Helprin
  7. Breathed deeply like a swimmer coming up for air —George Garrett
  8. (He) breathed like a prisoner set free —Willa Cather
  9. Breathe hard like a horse when you take the saddle off —O. Henry
  10. Breathe like a chugging train —Tony Ardizzone
  11. Breathe like a second-hand bicycle pump —O. Henry
  12. Breath [from snoring] grating like bark stripped from a tree —T. Coraghessan Boyle
  13. Breathing as rapidly as an exhausted dog —Derek Lambert
  14. Breathing as softly as a butterfly —Ellen Glasgow
  15. Breathing as though stream engines were working his lungs —Pat Conroy
  16. Breathing like a hard-run horse —James Crumley
  17. Breathing like almost any sort of man who has just been chased for a mile or so uphill by a bull in the pink of condition —Kingsley Amis
  18. Breathing like an escape valve —Joseph C. Lincoln
  19. Breathing like a tire pump —Dashiell Hammett
  20. Breathing like the friction of rusted gears —T. Coraghessan Boyle
  21. Breathing like two hippos with a chest cold —Jane Wagner

    This line, spoken by the character Paul (interpreted by Lily Tomlin), describes his participation at his wife’s labor.

  22. Breathing, quick and hoarse like a dog’s panting —Albert Camus
  23. Breathing … slow and rhythmical, like the bellows at a forge rising and falling —Henri-Pierre Roche
  24. Breathing [an overweight man’s] sounded like someone sitting down on a leather couch —Sue Grafton
  25. Breathing with irregularity, like an overworked horse. Breathing deeply like a man asleep —George Garrett
  26. Breath is like the gentle air of spring —Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
  27. Breath … like the steam of apple-pies —Robert Greene
  28. Breath popping like steam valves in old boilers —Denis Johnson
  29. (Rankin’s) breath rushed out like an undertow beneath the words —Richard Moran
  30. Breath sweet as May —Christina Rossetti
  31. The breath was pumped from their bodies as though from machines —Vicki Baum
  32. Breath [of dying woman] whistled like the wind in a keyhole —Edith Wharton
  33. Each breath was expelled in a puff, as if one were blowing a trumpet, Dizzy Gillespie fashion —Stephen King
  34. Each breath was like a hill to climb —Barbara Reid
  35. Gasped for breath like a wounded animal —Vicki Baum
  36. Gasped the air deeply, like a diver escaping from a watery grave —Jan Kubicki
  37. Gasping like a fish stranded on a sandbank —F. van Wyck Mason

    An extension of “Gasped like a stranded fish.”

  38. Gulped in air through her mouth, straining like a nearly drowned man dragged out of the water —William Moseley
  39. Gulping in air like a swimmer exhausted from fighting a heavy surf —Margaret Millar
  40. Hack and wheeze like an overworked horse —T. Coraghessan Boyle
  41. Her breath seems to flow like the water in a frozen stream —Rochelle Ratner
  42. His breath [as he kissed her hand] was between her fingers like a web on summer grass —Ellen Gilchrist
  43. His breath was staccato, like obstructed sobs —Nancy Huddleston Packer
  44. Holds her breath like a seal —John Berryman
  45. Huff like windy giants —W. D. Snodgrass
  46. Let out a long, whistling breath like a deflating tire —Cornell Woolrich
  47. Lungs..blowing like leathern bellows —Frank Ross
  48. (Steam’s) lungs fluttered like a sparrow’s heartbeat —Z. Vance Wilson
  49. (I was panting and) my breath came like fire —Louise Erdrich
  50. Pant like a fat man running for a bus —Lawrence Durrell
  51. Panting like a steamboat —Joyce Cary
  52. Puffed like a leaky steam pipe —O. Henry
  53. Puffing like a blown shire horse —Donald Seaman
  54. A rasping gasp as though he were swallowing his false teeth —W. P. Kinsella
  55. Sharp intake of breath, like a toy balloon suddenly deflated —Ralph Ellison
  56. Snort [while asleep] like a timid locomotive —MacDonald Harris
  57. Sound of breathing … like the soft crackle of tissue paper —Frank Swinnerton
  58. Sucked air like a drowning fish —Miles Gibson
  59. Took as much breath as if I’d heaved a shot put —Larry McMurtry
  60. Wheezing … like a horse with a progressive lung disease —T. Coraghessan Boyle
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.breathing - the bodily process of inhalation and exhalationbreathing - the bodily process of inhalation and exhalation; the process of taking in oxygen from inhaled air and releasing carbon dioxide by exhalation
artificial respiration - an emergency procedure whereby breathing is maintained artificially
abdominal breathing - breathing in which most of the respiratory effort is done by the abdominal muscles; "abdominal breathing is practiced by singers"
eupnea, eupnoea - normal relaxed breathing
hyperpnea - energetic (deep and rapid) respiration that occurs normally after exercise or abnormally with fever or various disorders
hypopnea - slow or shallow breathing
hyperventilation - an increased depth and rate of breathing greater than demanded by the body needs; can cause dizziness and tingling of the fingers and toes and chest pain if continued
panting, heaving - breathing heavily (as after exertion)
Cheyne-Stokes respiration, periodic breathing - abnormal respiration in which periods of shallow and deep breathing alternate
smoking, smoke - the act of smoking tobacco or other substances; "he went outside for a smoke"; "smoking stinks"
breathing out, exhalation, expiration - the act of expelling air from the lungs
snoring, stertor, snore - the act of snoring or producing a snoring sound
sniffle, snuffle, snivel - the act of breathing heavily through the nose (as when the nose is congested)
wheeze - breathing with a husky or whistling sound
second wind - the return of relatively easy breathing after initial exhaustion during continuous exertion
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"
Adj.1.breathing - passing or able to pass air in and out of the lungs normally; sometimes used in combination; "the boy was disappointed to find only skeletons instead of living breathing dinosaurs"; "the heavy-breathing person on the telephone"
breathless, dyspneal, dyspneic, dyspnoeal, dyspnoeic - not breathing or able to breathe except with difficulty; "breathless at thought of what I had done"; "breathless from running"; "followed the match with breathless interest"
Translations
dýchání
vejrtrækning
hengitys
disanje
呼吸
호흡
dihanje
andning
การหายใจ
sự hô hấp

breathing

[ˈbriːðɪŋ]
A. Nrespiración f
heavy breathingresuello m
B. CPD breathing apparatus Nrespirador m
breathing space N (fig) → respiro m
breathing tube Ntubo m de respiración

breathing

[ˈbriːðɪŋ] nrespiration fbreathing exercise nexercice m de respirationbreathing space n(moment m de) répit m

breathing

n (= respiration)Atmung f; the child’s peaceful breathingdie ruhigen Atemzüge des Kindes

breathing

:
breathing apparatus
breathing mask
nAtemmaske f
breathing space
n (fig)Atempause f, → Ruhepause f

breathing

[ˈbriːðɪŋ] nrespiro, respirazione f
heavy breathing (on phone) → respiro ansimante (di maniaco)

breathing

تَنَفّْس dýchání vejrtrækning Atmen αναπνοή respiración hengitys respiration disanje respiro 呼吸 호흡 ademhaling pusting oddychanie respiração дыхание andning การหายใจ nefes alma sự hô hấp 呼吸

breath·ing

n. respiración, aliento, respiro; inhalación, aspiración;
___ exercisesejercicios respiratorios;
___ space, ___ timedescanso, parada, reposo.
References in classic literature ?
He still heard the gentle breathings of the sisters, who lay within a few feet of him, and not a leaf was ruffled by the passing air of which his ear did not detect the whispering sound.
How the touch of those warm arms, the gentle breathings that came in her neck, seemed to add fire and spirit to her movements
The world was bright with sunshine outside, but a deep and mellow twilight reigned in there, and also a deep silence so profound that I seemed to hear my own breathings.
Profound silence; silence so deep that even their breathings were conspicuous in the hush.
My wretched feet, flayed and swollen to lameness by the sharp air of January, began to heal and subside under the gentler breathings of April; the nights and mornings no longer by their Canadian temperature froze the very blood in our veins; we could now endure the play-hour passed in the garden: sometimes on a sunny day it began even to be pleasant and genial, and a greenness grew over those brown beds, which, freshening daily, suggested the thought that Hope traversed them at night, and left each morning brighter traces of her steps.
The limpid water, ne'er ruffled by the rude breathings of the wind, shines with golden tints to the homage of the rising sun, while the light bark gallantly lashes the surge, rocking before the propelling gale, and forcibly brings to the appalled mind the fleeting hours of time.
It stood the record of many sensations of pain, once severe, but now softened; and of some instances of relenting feeling, some breathings of friendship and reconciliation, which could never be looked for again, and which could never cease to be dear.
Rays from the sunrise drew forth the buds and stretched them into long stalks, lifted up sap in noiseless streams, opened petals, and sucked out scents in invisible jets and breathings.
Lend an ear, then, to this concert of bell towers; spread over all the murmur of half a million men, the eternal plaint of the river, the infinite breathings of the wind, the grave and distant quartette of the four forests arranged upon the hills, on the horizon, like immense stacks of organ pipes; extinguish, as in a half shade, all that is too hoarse and too shrill about the central chime, and say whether you know anything in the world more rich and joyful, more golden, more dazzling, than this tumult of bells and chimes;--than this furnace of music,--than these ten thousand brazen voices chanting simultaneously in the flutes of stone, three hundred feet high,--than this city which is no longer anything but an orchestra,--than this symphony which produces the noise of a tempest.
As it was, miserably and helplessly, not half himself, a puppet dreamer in a half-nightmare, he knew, as a restless sleeper awakening between vexing dreams, that he was being transported head-downward out of the canoe house that stank of death, through the village that was only less noisome, and up a path under lofty, wide-spreading trees that were beginning languidly to stir with the first breathings of the morning wind.