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breather

[ bree-ther ]
/ ˈbri ðər /
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noun

a pause, as for breath.
vigorous exercise that causes heavy breathing.
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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Origin of breather

First recorded in 1350–1400, breather is from the Middle English word brethere.See breathe, -er1
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British Dictionary definitions for breather

breather
/ (ˈbriːðə) /

noun

informal a short pause for rest
a person who breathes in a specified waya 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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