From Middle English breeth, breth, from Old English brǣþ (“odor, scent, stink, exhalation, vapor”), from Proto-Germanic *brēþiz (“vapour, waft, exhalation, breath”), from Proto-Indo-European *bʰrē-t- (“exhalation from heat; steam”), from Proto-Indo-European *bʰer- (“to seethe, toss about, cook”). Cognate with Scots breth, breith (“breath”), German Brodem (“steam, vapour, fume, odour”). Related also to Icelandic bráður (“hasty, hurried, excited, rash”). More at brath.
breath (countable and uncountable; plural breaths)
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- (uncountable) The act or process of breathing.
- I could hear the breath of the runner behind me.
- The child's breath came quickly and unevenly.
- 1907, Robert Chambers, chapter 5, The Younger Set:
- Breezes blowing from beds of iris quickened her breath with their perfume ; she saw the tufted lilacs sway in the wind, and the streamers of rose-tinted wistaria swinging, all a-glisten with golden bees ; … .
- (countable) A single act of breathing in or out.
- I took a deep breath and started the test.
- (uncountable) Air expelled from the lungs.
- I could feel the runner's breath on my shoulder.
- (countable) A rest or pause.
- Let's stop for a breath when we get to the top of the hill.
- 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.
Terms derived from breath
Terms etymologically related to breath
act or process of breathing
- Kyrgyz: дем алуу (ky) (dem aluu), дем тартуу (ky) (dem tartuu), дем (ky) (dem), ичке дем тартуу (ky) (içke dem tartuu), өмүр (ky) (ömür), тиричилик (ky) (tiriçilik), болмуш (ky) (bolmuş), жашоо (ky) (caşoo), турмуш (ky) (turmuş), желдөө (ky) (celdöö), рух (ky) (ruh)
- Latvian: elpošana (lv) f, dvašošana (lv) f
- Luxembourgish: Ootmung (lb) f
- Manx: ennal (gv) f
- Old English: æþm (ang)
- Persian: نفس (fa) (nafas), دم (fa) (dam)
- Polish: oddech (pl) m
- Portuguese: respiração (pt)
- Romanian: respirație (ro)
- Russian: дыхание (ru) (dyxánije) n, вздох (ru) (vzdox) m
- Slovak: dýchanie (sk) n
- Spanish: respiración (es) f
- Swedish: andning (sv) c
- Vietnamese: hô hấp (vi) (呼吸 (vi))
- Welsh: anadl (cy) m and f, anadlau (cy) pl
a single act of breathing in and out
air expelled from the lungs
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a small amount of something, such as common sense