- the air drawn into or expelled from the lungs to provide the generative source for most speech sounds.
- the audible expiration generating voiceless speech sounds, as (p), (k), (sh), etc.
- breath analyzer,
- breath group,
- breath of fresh air,
- breath test,
- breath-holding test
Origin of breath
Examples from the Web for breaths
Gov. Richardson and I held our breaths, but kept our minds open and our hopes intact.Ping-Pong Diplomacy Not An Option? Try Ding-Dong Diplomacy|Kevin Bleyer|January 12, 2014|DAILY BEAST
They grunted and swore under their breaths as they slumped back into their seats.
Rather, breaths all around me were wasted on rounds of hushed laughs and snickering.My Strange Passage From Suspected School Shooter to Prom Queen|Gina Tron|January 28, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Stay here for 10 breaths, or until the restroom has opened up.
The witnesses gawked in horror and fascination and held their breaths.
Across the dividing fences of two of the blazoned gardens a pair of old crones gossiped under their breaths.The Forest|Stewart Edward White
The breaths of thyme and balm, lavender and myrtle, were always in that parlour.The Late Miss Hollingford|Rosa Mulholland
At near eleven o'clock a cannon fires, sthe tent is lifted, and we see; but I am impatient wid my breaths for de gun to go.'The Adventures of Harry Richmond, Complete|George Meredith
Stahl and the Bishop steered the boat and held their breaths.Sketches of Our Life at Sarawak|Harriette McDougall
So the Walpurgis ended in darkness, and the company instinctively held their breaths.The House by the Church-Yard|J. Sheridan Le Fanu
Word Origin for breath
Old English bræð "odor, scent, stink, exhalation, vapor" (Old English word for "air exhaled from the lungs" was æðm), from Proto-Germanic *bræthaz "smell, exhalation" (cf. Old High German bradam, German Brodem "breath, steam"), from PIE root *gwhre- "to breathe, smell."
In addition to the idiom beginning with breath
- breathe down someone's neck
- breathe easy
- breathe life into
- breathe one's last
- breathing space
- breath of fresh air
- catch one's breath
- hold one's breath
- in the same breath
- out of breath
- save one's breath
- take one's breath away
- under one's breath
- waste one's breath
- with bated breath