Definition of Breathing space

1. Noun. A short respite.

Exact synonyms: Breath, Breather, Breathing Place, Breathing Spell, Breathing Time
Generic synonyms: Relief, Respite, Rest, Rest Period
Derivative terms: Breathe

2. Noun. Sufficient room for easy breathing or movement. "Moved to the country to find breathing room"
Exact synonyms: Breathing Room
Generic synonyms: Elbow Room, Room, Way

Definition of Breathing space

1. Noun. Sufficient space or a span of time in which to recover one's breath. ¹

2. Noun. A rest, pause, or respite. ¹

3. Noun. Enough distance so that one can feel unfettered. ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Breathing Space

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

Literary usage of Breathing space

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Grove's Dictionary of Music and Musicians by George Grove (1907)
"Pauses at the end of a movement, over a rest, or even over a silent bar, are intended to give a short breathing-space before going ..."

2. El Salvador at War: An Oral History of Conflict from the 1979 Insurrection edited by Max G. Manwaring, Court Prisk (1995)
"It gave the government the breathing space necessary to survive the '83 military campaign and to go into the electoral process with some sense of confidence ..."

3. The Lombard Communes: A History of the Republics of North Italy by William Francis Thomas Butler (1906)
"... of Brescia gave a breathing space to his opponents. King Robert and the Tuscan Guelfs were able to prc pare for resistance. Henry's money was exhausted, ..."

4. Mayfair to Moscow: Clare Sheridan's Diary by Clare Sheridan (1921)
"At dinner time Kamenev telephoned me it was his first breathing space, and could he come and see me. I asked him to take pot-luck for dinner, and he arrived ..."

5. English Prose and Verse from Beowulf to Stevenson by Henry Spackman Pancoast (1915)
"... longer shall L Full of sad experience, moving toward the stillness of his rest. scope and breathing space; I will take some savage woman, she shall m. ..."

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