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breath·less

 (brĕth′lĭs)
adj.
1. Breathing with difficulty; gasping: was breathless from running.
2.
a. Excited or tense, often to the point of holding the breath: a breathless audience.
b. Tense or exciting, often in causing or being characterized by holding of the breath: breathless anticipation.
3.
a. Not breathing; without breath.
b. Dead.
4. Having no air or breeze; still: a breathless summer day.

breath′less·ly adv.
breath′less·ness n.

breathless

(ˈbrɛθlɪs)
adj
1. out of breath; gasping, etc
2. holding one's breath or having it taken away by excitement, etc: a breathless confrontation.
3. (esp of the atmosphere) motionless and stifling
4. rare lifeless; dead
ˈbreathlessly adv
ˈbreathlessness n

breath•less

(ˈbrɛθ lɪs)

adj.
1. without breath; gasping; panting.
2. with the breath held, as in suspense.
3. causing loss of breath, as from excitement, anticipation, or tension: a breathless ride.
4. dead; lifeless.
5. motionless or still, as air without a breeze.
[1350–1400]
breath′less•ly, adv.
breath′less•ness, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.breathless - 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"
unventilated - not ventilated; "stuffy unventilated rooms"
breathing, eupneic, eupnoeic - 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"
2.breathless - tending to cause suspension of regular breathing; "a breathless flight"; "breathtaking adventure"
exciting - creating or arousing excitement; "an exciting account of her trip"
3.breathless - appearing dead; not breathing or having no perceptible pulse; "an inanimate body"; "pulseless and dead"
dead - no longer having or seeming to have or expecting to have life; "the nerve is dead"; "a dead pallor"; "he was marked as a dead man by the assassin"

breathless

adjective
1. out of breath, winded, exhausted, panting, gasping, puffed, choking, gulping, wheezing, out of puff (informal), out of whack (informal), puffing and blowing, short-winded I was a little breathless and my heartbeat was fast.
2. excited, anxious, curious, eager, enthusiastic, impatient, agog, on tenterhooks, in suspense We were breathless with anticipation.

breathless

adjective
Marked by an absence of circulating air:
Translations
مقطوع النفس، لاهث
udýchaný
forpustetstakåndet
henkeäsalpaava
légzési nehézségekkel küzdõ
lafmóîur
zasopel
nefes nefesesoluk soluğa

breathless

[ˈbreθlɪs] ADJ
1. (from exertion) [voice] → entrecortado
he arrived breathlessllegó sin alientollegó jadeando
she was breathless from climbing the stairssubir las escaleras la había dejado sin aliento
it leaves you breathlesscorta la respiración
at a breathless pacea un ritmo acelerado
2. (with excitement) a breathless silenceun silencio intenso
she was breathless with excitementla emoción la había dejado sin aliento
we were breathless with anticipationesperábamos ansiosísimos

breathless

[ˈbrɛθləs] adj
(= short of breath) [person] → essoufflé(e), haletant(e); [voice] → essoufflé(e)
(fig) breathless with excitement → le souffle coupé par l'émotion

breathless

adjatemlos; (with exertion also) → außer Atem; he said in a breathless voicesagte er, nach Luft ringend; he is rather breathless (through illness) → er leidet an Atemnot; breathless with excitement/anticipationganz atemlos vor Aufregung/Spannung; it left me breathless (lit, fig)es verschlug mir den Atem; at a breathless paceatemberaubend schnell

breathless

[ˈbrɛθlɪs] adj (exhausted) → senza fiato; (with excitement) → con il fiato sospeso; (silence) → religioso/a; (anticipation, anxiety) → vivissimo/a
his asthma makes him breathless → l'asma gli fa mancare il fiato

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 .

breathless

a. sofocado-a, sin aliento; falto de respiración.
References in classic literature ?
He might just as well have turned a somersault and uttered an Indian war whoop, for his face was so full of suppressed excitement and his voice so treacherously joyful that everyone jumped up, though he only said, in a queer, breathless voice, "Here's another Christmas present for the March family.
JULY CAME ON with that breathless, brilliant heat which makes the plains of Kansas and Nebraska the best corn country in the world.
They listened, breathless, when she told them the house in Esplanade Street was crowded with workmen, hammering, nailing, sawing, and filling the place with clatter.
A long, breathless silence succeeded, during which each looked at the others in fearful expectation of hearing the sound repeated.
The vague fear that had haunted his guilty soul after receiving their letter, and during his breathless journey, now seemed to be realized.
She was absurdly hurt, moreover, by the slight and idle effect that her setting up shop--an event of such breathless interest to herself--appeared to have upon the public, of which these two men were the nearest representatives.
They were awe-stricken likewise at themselves, because the crisis flung back to them their consciousness, and revealed to each heart its history and experience, as life never does, except at such breathless epochs.
The story had held us, round the fire, sufficiently breathless, but except the obvious remark that it was gruesome, as, on Christmas Eve in an old house, a strange tale should essentially be, I remember no comment uttered till somebody happened to say that it was the only case he had met in which such a visitation had fallen on a child.
And here, his mad mind would run on in a breathless race; till a weariness and faintness of pondering came over him; and in the open air of the deck he would seek to recover his strength.
At length the breathless hunter came so nigh his seemingly unsuspecting prey, that his entire dazzling hump was distinctly visible, sliding along the sea as if an isolated thing, and continually set in a revolving ring of finest, fleecy, greenish foam.
She stood in the doorway, shepherded by Cousin Marija, breathless from pushing through the crowd, and in her happiness painful to look upon.
Shelby, breathless, and almost faint, as the possible meaning of these words came over her.