- 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
Synonyms for breath
Examples from the Web for breath
Contemporary Examples of 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
December 8, 2014
“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
November 27, 2014
Try holding your breath waiting for that, especially with the new more conservative Senate that will be seated on January 3.For Obama, Hell Week Has Arrived
November 15, 2014
Historical Examples of breath
I feel the breath of life taken away from me by the multitude.Philothea
Lydia Maria Child
With parched throats, gasping for breath, they lay back in agony.Brave and Bold
As soon as the fellow on the bed would have his breath he would scream.Way of the Lawless
She went about her work that morning humming under her breath.Grace Harlowe's Return to Overton Campus
Jessie Graham Flower
Not a breeze can stir but it thrills us with the breath of autumn.The Old Manse (From "Mosses From An Old Manse")
Word Origin 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."
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