breathing

[ bree-th ing ]
/ ˈbri ðɪŋ /

noun

Origin of breathing

First recorded in 1350–1400, breathing is from the Middle English word brethynge. See breathe, -ing1

Related forms

breath·ing·ly, adverbun·breath·ing, adjective

Definition for breathing (2 of 2)

breathe

[ breeth ]
/ brið /

verb (used without object), breathed [breethd] /briðd/, breath·ing.

verb (used with object), breathed [breethd] /briðd/, breath·ing.

Origin of breathe

1250–1300; Middle English brethen, derivative of breath

Related forms

out·breathe, verb (used with object), out·breathed, out·breath·ing.pre·breathe, verb (used with object), pre·breathed, pre·breath·ing.

Can be confused

breadth breath breathe
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British Dictionary definitions for breathing (1 of 2)

breathing

/ (ˈbriːðɪŋ) /

noun

the passage of air into and out of the lungs to supply the body with oxygen
a single breatha breathing between words
an utterancea breathing of hate
a soft movement, esp of air
a rest or pause
phonetics
  1. expulsion of breath (rough breathing) or absence of such expulsion (smooth breathing) preceding the pronunciation of an initial vowel or rho in ancient Greek
  2. either of two symbols indicating this

British Dictionary definitions for breathing (2 of 2)

breathe

/ (briːð) /

verb

Word Origin for breathe

C13: from breath
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Medicine definitions for breathing

breathing

[ brēðĭng ]

n.

The alternate inhalation and exhalation of air in respiration.
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Idioms and Phrases with breathing

breathe


In addition to the idioms beginning with breathe

  • breathe down someone's neck
  • breathe easy
  • breathe life into
  • breathe one's last

also see:

  • as I live and breathe
  • breathing space
  • not breathe a word
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