Origin of breathing
Definition for breathing (2 of 2)
verb (used without object), breathed [breethd] /briðd/, breath·ing.
verb (used with object), breathed [breethd] /briðd/, breath·ing.
Origin of breathe
Examples from the Web for 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|Michael Daly|December 22, 2014|DAILY BEAST
So many eighteen-year-old girls,” says Oliona, “breathing down my neck.
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.
Breathing through a tube, if continued for a long time, interferes with the natural growth of the air-passage above it.
Breathing equably and quietly, the strange figure lay stretched upon the bed.The Return|Walter de la Mare
He was breathing heavily, as if asleep, and she dared not speak.Those Dale Girls|Frank Weston Carruth
All was so quiet that my own breathing sounded loud and noisy.Boycotted|Talbot Baines Reed
"Except the Straits—" I muttered very indistinctly, breathing deep and hard.Afloat And Ashore|James Fenimore Cooper
British Dictionary definitions for breathing (1 of 2)
- 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
British Dictionary definitions for breathing (2 of 2)
- 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
Word Origin and History for breathing
c.1300, not in Old English, but it retains the original Old English vowel of its source word, breath. Related: Breathed; breathing.
Medicine definitions for breathing
Idioms and Phrases with 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