Definition of Breathing

1. Noun. The bodily process of inhalation and exhalation; the process of taking in oxygen from inhaled air and releasing carbon dioxide by exhalation.

2. Adjective. Passing or able to pass air in and out of the lungs normally; sometimes used in combination. "The heavy-breathing person on the telephone"
Exact synonyms: Eupneic, Eupnoeic
Similar to: Sweet-breathed
Antonyms: Breathless

Definition of Breathing

1. n. Respiration; the act of inhaling and exhaling air.

Definition of Breathing

1. Verb. (present participle of breathe) ¹

2. Noun. The act of respiration; a single instance of this. ¹

3. Noun. A diacritical mark indicating aspiration or lack thereof. ¹

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Definition of Breathing

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Medical Definition of Breathing

1. 1. Respiration; the act of inhaling and exhaling air. "Subject to a difficulty of breathing." (Melmoth) 2. Air in gentle motion. 3. Any gentle influence or operation; inspiration; as, the breathings of the Spirit. 4. Aspiration; secret prayer. "Earnest desires and breathings after that blessed state." 5. Exercising; promotion of respiration. "Here is a lady that wants breathing too; And I have heard, you knights of Tyre Are excellent in making ladies trip." (Shak) 6. Utterance; communication or publicity by words. "I am sorry to give breathing to my purpose." (Shak) 7. Breathing place; vent. 8. Stop; pause; delay. "You shake the head at so long a breathing." (Shak) 9. Also, in a wider sense, the sound caused by the friction of the outgoing breath in the throat, mouth, etc, when the glottis is wide open; aspiration; the sound expressed by the letter h. 10. A mark to indicate aspiration or its absence. See Rough breathing, Smooth breathing, below. Breathing place. A pause. "That caesura, or breathing place, in the midst of the verse." . A vent. Breathing time, pause; relaxation. Breathing while, time sufficient for drawing breath; a short time. Rough breathing (spiritus asper) . See Asper, Smooth breathing (spiritus lenis), a mark (') indicating the absence of the sound of h, as in 'ienai (ienai). Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Breathing

breathed in
breathed out
breathes in
breathes out
breathing (current term)
breathing apparatus
breathing bag
breathing device
breathing exercises
breathing in
breathing machine
breathing out
breathing place
breathing rate
breathing reserve
breathing room
breathing space
breathing spaces

Literary usage of Breathing

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1. Science by American Association for the Advancement of Science (1916)
"I observed that when the air breathed is gradually and increasingly vitiated by re- breathing it, or by what is known to miners as "black damp," the ..."

2. The American Journal of Psychology by Granville Stanley Hall, Edward Bradford Titchener (1906)
"This brief report is an addendum to the paper on "Attention and Thoracic breathing" published in this Journal for July, 1905. The experiments here taken ..."

3. Sunset by Southern Pacific Company, Southern Pacific Company. Passenger Dept (1912)
"breathing is the Vital Force of Life. Every muscle, nerve cell, in fact every fibre ... breathing is to the body what free draught is to the steam boiler. ..."

4. The American Journal of the Medical Sciences by Southern Society for Clinical Investigation (U.S.) (1911)
"As far as I have been able to discover, no graphic representation of this type of breathing has ever been published, other than the original tracings of ..."

5. The Lancet (1898)
"In this case the breathing stopped before the patient was thoroughly ... As the breathing did not recommence and as the patient was very Gael in which ..."

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