Origin of breathing
verb (used without object), breathed [breethd] /briðd/, breath·ing.
verb (used with object), breathed [breethd] /briðd/, breath·ing.
- to be close to someone in pursuit; menace; threaten: Police from four states were breathing down his neck.
- to watch someone closely so as to supervise or control: If everyone keeps breathing down my neck, how can I get my work done?
Origin of breathe
Synonyms for breathe
Related Words for breathingrespiratory, panting, gasping, living, animate, functioning, awake, conscious
Examples from the Web for breathing
Contemporary Examples of breathing
He said, ‘They’re both shot in the head and neither of them are breathing.'Please Don't Die!': The Frantic Battle to Save Murdered Cops
December 22, 2014
So many eighteen-year-old girls,” says Oliona, “breathing down my neck.Russia’s Gold Digger Academy
November 11, 2014
However, in calm, deep wave sleep, breathing and pulse is slow and regular, and movements are more than rare, he says.
Take, for instance, those with sleep apnea, in which breathing periodically stops and starts throughout the night.
For instance, in active REM sleep, breathing and pulse may be irregular, and small muscular twitches are common.
Historical Examples of breathing
It is only the true lover to whom the breathing form is as sacred as the breathless.Malbone
Thomas Wentworth Higginson
At length her head came up a little and her breathing was easier and easier.Way of the Lawless
A man is but a beast as he lives from day to day, eating and drinking, breathing and sleeping.The White Company
Arthur Conan Doyle
Wilson was breathing quietly: his color was coming up, as he rallied from the shock.K
Mary Roberts Rinehart
For a long time he did not move, but I could see he was breathing.
- expulsion of breath (rough breathing) or absence of such expulsion (smooth breathing) preceding the pronunciation of an initial vowel or rho in ancient Greek
- either of two symbols indicating this
- to take in air, esp for combustionthe engine breathes through this air filter
- to equalize the pressure within a container, chamber, etc, with atmospheric pressurethe crankcase breathes through this duct
Word Origin for breathe
c.1300, not in Old English, but it retains the original Old English vowel of its source word, breath. Related: Breathed; breathing.
In addition to the idioms beginning with breathe
- breathe down someone's neck
- breathe easy
- breathe life into
- breathe one's last
- as I live and breathe
- breathing space
- not breathe a word