a person who breathes.
a vent in a container or covering, as in a casing for machinery or in a storage tank, to equalize interior and exterior pressure, permit entry of air, escape of fumes, or the like.
a device for providing air from the atmosphere to submerged or otherwise sealed-off persons, internal-combustion engines, etc.: the snorkel breather of a submarine.
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How to use breather in a sentence
We catch a breather late Tuesday into Wednesday before another storm approaches from the south.Updated forecast: After coating of snow and sleet, period of freezing rain possible overnight | Jason Samenow, Dan Stillman | January 26, 2021 | Washington Post
As the trail ebbs away from the Connecticut River, leading me deeper into the snow-packed woods, I take a quick breather at the top of a small hill, and after a moment or two, I can actually hear my heart beating.He escaped the cacophony by strapping on snowshoes and slipping into the Great North Woods | Miles Howard | January 15, 2021 | Washington Post
These barriers suggest containment and isolation, and also provide a breather from the profusion of pictures and items.In the galleries: A towering exhibit offers a new definition of domestic life | Mark Jenkins | January 1, 2021 | Washington Post
Right now I’m literally trying to make sure that my team is safe, make sure that the narrative around what’s going on with me is accurate, and take a little bit of a breather when I can.“I started crying”: Inside Timnit Gebru’s last days at Google—and what happens next | Karen Hao | December 16, 2020 | MIT Technology Review
With all the new iPhones officially out in the world, you might expect Apple to take a breather when it comes to announcing products until 2021.Follow along with Apple’s last 2020 product announcement event | Stan Horaczek | November 10, 2020 | Popular-Science
The script attempted to recreate the hilarity from the original as Ferris decides that he needs to take another breather.The 11 Worst Sequel Ideas to Come out of Hollywood | Chancellor Agard | November 20, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
Pleased with the two versions of “San Quentin,” Cash took a breather while Carl Perkins entertained the crowd.Excerpts From a New Johnny Cash Biography Capture His Iconoclastic Genius | Robert Hilburn | October 26, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
He wanted, he added a “fire-breather” to go against Michael Savage.Radio’s Mark Levin Might Be the Most Powerful Conservative You Never Heard Of | David Freedlander | October 19, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
The writers definitely picked the wrong week to give Richard Harrow (Jack Huston) a breather.‘Breaking Bad’ Finale, ‘Homeland’ Premiere: How to Survive DVRmageddon | Jason Lynch | September 29, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
It's a wonderful breather from the sequestration, Hagel hearings, Iran, taxes, Congress and the like.
Cracks at the ball anyhow, was the game for the twenty-five minutes breather before dinner.Lord Ormont and his Aminta, Complete | George Meredith
Pour new oil in through either of the two breather pipes on exhaust side of motor.Aviation Engines | Victor Wilfred Pag
Orlando says to Jaques: ‘I will chide no breather in the world, but myself, against whom I know most faults.’More Pages from a Journal | Mark Rutherford
The atmosphere may be poisonous for an oxygen breather, but taken by itself it's as harmless as weak beer.Deathworld | Harry Harrison
Said he, 'O breather of music, tell me how I may lay hand on the flower of beauty to bear it forth.'The Shaving of Shagpat, Complete | George Meredith
British Dictionary definitions for breather
informal a short pause for rest
a person who breathes in a specified way: a deep breather
a vent in a container to equalize internal and external pressure, such as the pipe in the crankcase of an internal-combustion engine
a small opening in a room, container, cover, etc, supplying air for ventilation
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