- the air drawn into or expelled from the lungs to provide the generative source for most speech sounds.
- the audible expiration generating voiceless speech sounds, as (p), (k), (sh), etc.
Origin of breath
Examples from the Web for breath
He died in July after being grabbed around the throat by a cop and wrestled to ground where the breath flew out of him.The Wildly Peaceful, Human, Almost Boring, Ultimately Great New York City Protests for Eric Garner|Mike Barnicle|December 8, 2014|DAILY BEAST
“Every time you see me, you want to mess with me,” Garner exclaimed, short of breath.
His breath became so strained that he was forced to quit his job as a horticulturalist for the parks department.
Zied suggests popping a breath strip, sucking on a strong mint, or reapplying your lip gloss.12 Thanksgiving Weight Loss Tips That Actually Work|DailyBurn|November 27, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Try holding your breath waiting for that, especially with the new more conservative Senate that will be seated on January 3.
She looked at him; he was evidently greatly distressed, a little out of breath, and he had just stopped blubbering.The Plattner Story and Others|H. G. Wells
Proof against every breath of scandal herself, Janet King never uttered and never encouraged one ill-natured word against another.The Parisians, Complete|Edward Bulwer-Lytton
Martha Phipps, sitting next to Galusha, stirred and uttered an impatient exclamation under her breath.Galusha the Magnificent|Joseph C. Lincoln
He caught his breath for one bewitched moment, before he busied himself with the luggage on the rack.Sinister Street, vol. 2|Compton Mackenzie
Right on the heels of this, and before I could get my breath, in came the boy again with another telegram.The Wreckers|Francis Lynde
British Dictionary definitions for breath
Word Origin for breath
Word Origin and History for breath
Old English bræð "odor, scent, stink, exhalation, vapor" (Old English word for "air exhaled from the lungs" was æðm), from Proto-Germanic *bræthaz "smell, exhalation" (cf. Old High German bradam, German Brodem "breath, steam"), from PIE root *gwhre- "to breathe, smell."
Medicine definitions for breath
Idioms and Phrases with breath
In addition to the idiom beginning with breath
- breathe down someone's neck
- breathe easy
- breathe life into
- breathe one's last
- breathing space
- breath of fresh air
- catch one's breath
- hold one's breath
- in the same breath
- out of breath
- save one's breath
- take one's breath away
- under one's breath
- waste one's breath
- with bated breath