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verb (used without object), air-breathed [air-breeth d] /ˈɛərˌbriðd/, air-breath·ing.
  1. (of an engine, aircraft, missile, etc.) to take in air from the atmosphere to oxidize the fuel for combustion.
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Origin of air-breathe

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Examples from the Web for air-breathing

Historical Examples

  • The organs of air-breathing are called, in general, lungs (pulmones).

    The Wonders of Life

    Ernst Haeckel

  • These air-breathing swamp-dwellers could not have lived in salt water.

  • It was as if some great, air-breathing sea-monster was exhaling beneath the waves.

    Kastle Krags

    Absalom Martin

  • Man, in common with all air-breathing animals, has two nasal cavities.

    A Practical Physiology

    Albert F. Blaisdell

  • And in Nova Scotia the bones of air-breathing reptiles and land snails have been discovered.