Definition of Breathless

1. Adjective. Not breathing or able to breathe except with difficulty. "Followed the match with breathless interest"

2. Adjective. Tending to cause suspension of regular breathing. "Breathtaking adventure"
Exact synonyms: Breathtaking
Similar to: Exciting

3. Adjective. Appearing dead; not breathing or having no perceptible pulse. "Pulseless and dead"
Exact synonyms: Inanimate, Pulseless
Similar to: Dead
Derivative terms: Breathlessness, Inanimateness

Definition of Breathless

1. a. Spent with labor or violent action; out of breath.

Definition of Breathless

1. Adjective. Having difficulty breathing; gasping. ¹

2. Adjective. That makes one hold one's breath (with excitement etc.). ¹

3. Adjective. Not breathing; apparently dead. ¹

4. Adjective. Having no wind; still, calm or airless. ¹

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Definition of Breathless

1. [adj]

Medical Definition of Breathless

1. 1. Spent with labour or violent action; out of breath. 2. Not breathing; holding the breath, on account of fear, expectation, or intense interest; attended with a holding of the breath; as, breathless attention. "But breathless, as we grow when feeling most." (Byron) 3. Dead; as, a breathless body. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Breathless

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

Literary usage of Breathless

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

1. The Century Illustrated Monthly Magazine (1904)
"'breathless WE STRIVE' BY FLORENCE EARLE COATES breathless we strive, contending for success, According to the standards of our day. What is success? ..."

2. The Life of James J. Hill by Joseph Gilpin Pyle (1917)
"CHAPTER THIRTEEN THE breathless YEAR NEITHER before, when they were moving heaven and earth to secure the property, nor afterward, when they were breaking ..."

3. The Days of a Man: Being Memories of a Naturalist, Teacher, and Minor by David Starr Jordan (1922)
"The Emergency campaign was not what I would have chosen, being indeed, as John Dewey observed, "opportunist and breathless." But our time was then very ..."

4. Publishers Weekly by Publishers' Board of Trade (U.S.), Book Trade Association of Philadelphia, American Book Trade Union, Am. Book Trade Association, R.R. Bowker Company (1921)
"You can heartily recommend this breathless novel of Youth and Mystery. Four Color Jacket and Illustrations by Dean Cornwell—Price. $2.00 im West 40th Street ..."

5. The Popular Science Monthly by Harry Houdini Collection (Library of Congress) (1893)
"Shortly after sunrise the people of the house arose, and, hearing the knocking, took the still breathless wanderer into the guest chamber, ..."

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