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Breath vs. Breathe

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  • Breath (noun)

    The breathing.

    "I could hear the breath of the runner behind me."

    "The child's breath came quickly and unevenly."

  • Breath (noun)

    A single act of breathing in or out.

    "I took a deep breath and started the test."

  • Breath (noun)

    Air expelled from the lungs.

    "I could feel the runner's breath on my shoulder."

  • Breath (noun)

    A rest or pause.

    "Let's stop for a breath when we get to the top of the hill."

  • Breath (noun)

    A small amount of something, such as wind, or common sense.

    "Even with all the windows open, there is hardly a breath of air in here."

    "If she had a breath of common sense, she would never have spoken to the man in the first place."

  • Breath (noun)

    Fragrance; exhalation; odor; perfume.

  • Breath (noun)

    Gentle exercise, causing a quicker respiration.

  • Breathe (verb)

    To draw air into (inhale), and expel air from (exhale), the lungs in order to extract oxygen and excrete waste gases.

  • Breathe (verb)

    To take in needed gases and expel waste gases in a similar way.

    "Fish have gills so they can breathe underwater."

  • Breathe (verb)

    To inhale (a gas) to sustain life.

    "While life as we know it depends on oxygen, scientists have speculated that alien life forms might breathe chlorine or methane."

  • Breathe (verb)

    To live.

    "I will not allow it, as long as I still breathe."

  • Breathe (verb)

    To draw something into the lungs.

    "Try not to breathe too much smoke."

  • Breathe (verb)

    To expel air from the lungs, exhale.

    "If you breathe on a mirror, it will fog up."

  • Breathe (verb)

    To exhale or expel (something) in the manner of breath.

    "The flowers breathed a heady perfume."

  • Breathe (verb)

    To give an impression of, to exude.

    "The decor positively breathes classical elegance."

  • Breathe (verb)

    To whisper quietly.

    "He breathed the words into her ear, but she understood them all."

  • Breathe (verb)

    To pass like breath; noiselessly or gently; to emanate; to blow gently.

    "The wind breathes through the trees."

  • Breathe (verb)

    To exchange gases with the environment.

    "Garments made of certain new materials breathe well and keep the skin relatively dry during exercise."

  • Breathe (verb)

    To rest; to stop and catch one's breath.

  • Breathe (verb)

    To stop, to give a horse an opportunity to catch its breath.

    "At higher altitudes you need to breathe your horse more often."

  • Breathe (verb)

    To passionately devote much of one's life to (an activity, etc.).

    "Do you like hiking?γ€€Are you kidding? I breathe hiking."

Wiktionary
  • Breath (noun)

    the air taken into or expelled from the lungs

    "I was gasping for breath"

    "his breath smelled of garlic"

  • Breath (noun)

    an inhalation or exhalation of air from the lungs

    "she drew in a quick breath"

  • Breath (noun)

    the power of breathing; life.

  • Breath (noun)

    a slight movement of air

    "the weather was balmy, not a breath of wind"

  • Breath (noun)

    a sign, hint, or suggestion

    "he avoided the slightest breath of scandal"

  • Breathe (verb)

    take air into the lungs and then expel it, especially as a regular physiological process

    "he breathed out heavily"

    "breathe in through your nose"

    "she was breathing deeply"

    "we are polluting the air we breathe"

  • Breathe (verb)

    (of a fish) draw in water with dissolved oxygen through the mouth and force it out through the gills

    "you will see the gill cover opening and the gills fluttering, as water is drawn over the gills and the fish breathes"

  • Breathe (verb)

    (of a cell, tissue, or living organism) exchange gases, especially by means of a diffusion process

    "plants breathe through all their organs, including roots"

    "adult amphibians also breathe through their skin"

  • Breathe (verb)

    be alive; remain living

    "at least I'm still breathing"

  • Breathe (verb)

    (of wind) blow softly.

  • Breathe (verb)

    say something with quiet intensity

    "β€˜We're together at last,’ she breathed"

  • Breathe (verb)

    give an impression of (something)

    "the whole room breathed an air of hygienic efficiency"

  • Breathe (verb)

    (of wine) be exposed to fresh air

    "letting a wine breathe allows oxygen to enter"

  • Breathe (verb)

    (of material or soil) admit or emit air or moisture

    "let your lawn breathe by putting air into the soil"

  • Breathe (verb)

    allow (a horse) to rest after exertion.

  • Breathe (verb)

    tarnish or taint

    "before the queen's fair name was breathed upon"

Oxford Dictionary
  • Breath (noun)

    The air inhaled and exhaled in respiration; air which, in the process of respiration, has parted with oxygen and has received carbonic acid, aqueous vapor, warmth, etc.

  • Breath (noun)

    The act of breathing naturally or freely; the power or capacity to breathe freely; as, I am out of breath.

  • Breath (noun)

    The power of respiration, and hence, life.

  • Breath (noun)

    Time to breathe; respite; pause.

  • Breath (noun)

    A single respiration, or the time of making it; a single act; an instant.

  • Breath (noun)

    Fig.: That which gives or strengthens life.

  • Breath (noun)

    A single word; the slightest effort; a trifle.

  • Breath (noun)

    A very slight breeze; air in gentle motion.

  • Breath (noun)

    Fragrance; exhalation; odor; perfume.

  • Breath (noun)

    Gentle exercise, causing a quicker respiration.

  • Breathe (verb)

    To respire; to inhale and exhale air; hence;, to live.

  • Breathe (verb)

    To take breath; to rest from action.

  • Breathe (verb)

    To pass like breath; noiselessly or gently; to exhale; to emanate; to blow gently.

  • Breathe

    To inhale and exhale in the process of respiration; to respire.

  • Breathe

    To inject by breathing; to infuse; - with into.

  • Breathe

    To emit or utter by the breath; to utter softly; to whisper; as, to breathe a vow.

  • Breathe

    To exhale; to emit, as breath; as, the flowers breathe odors or perfumes.

  • Breathe

    To express; to manifest; to give forth.

  • Breathe

    To act upon by the breath; to cause to sound by breathing.

  • Breathe

    To promote free respiration in; to exercise.

  • Breathe

    To suffer to take breath, or recover the natural breathing; to rest; as, to breathe a horse.

  • Breathe

    To put out of breath; to exhaust.

  • Breathe

    To utter without vocality, as the nonvocal consonants.

Webster Dictionary
  • Breath (noun)

    the process of taking in and expelling air during breathing;

    "he took a deep breath and dived into the pool"

    "he was fighting to his last breath"

  • Breath (noun)

    the air that is inhaled and exhaled in respiration;

    "his sour breath offended her"

  • Breath (noun)

    a short respite

  • Breath (noun)

    an indirect suggestion;

    "not a breath of scandal ever touched her"

  • Breath (noun)

    a slight movement of the air;

    "there wasn't a breath of air in the room"

  • Breathe (verb)

    draw air into, and expel out of, the lungs;

    "I can breathe better when the air is clean"

    "The patient is respiring"

  • Breathe (verb)

    be alive;

    "Every creature that breathes"

  • Breathe (verb)

    impart as if by breathing;

    "He breathed new life into the old house"

  • Breathe (verb)

    allow the passage of air through;

    "Our new synthetic fabric breathes and is perfect for summer wear"

  • Breathe (verb)

    utter or tell;

    "not breathe a word"

  • Breathe (verb)

    manifest or evince;

    "She breathes the Christian spirit"

  • Breathe (verb)

    take a short break from one's activities in order to relax

  • Breathe (verb)

    reach full flavor by absorbing air and being let to stand after having been uncorked;

    "This rare Bordeaux must be allowed to breathe for at least 2 hours"

  • Breathe (verb)

    expel (gases or odors)

Princeton's WordNet

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