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breathing

[ bree-thing ]
/ ˈbri ðɪŋ /
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noun
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Origin of breathing

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

OTHER WORDS FROM breathing

breath·ing·ly, adverbun·breath·ing, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for breathing

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
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Medical definitions for breathing

breathing
[ brēðĭng ]

n.
The alternate inhalation and exhalation of air in respiration.
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