Meaning of breath
Pronunciation: (breth), [key]
- the air inhaled and exhaled in respiration.
- respiration, esp. as necessary to life.
- life; vitality.
- the ability to breathe easily and normally: She stopped to regain her breath.
- time to breathe; pause or respite: Give him a little breath.
- a single inhalation or respiration: He took a deep breath.
- the brief time required for a single respiration; a moment or instant: They gave it to her and took it away all in a breath.
- a slight suggestion, hint, or whisper: The breath of slander never touched her.
- a light current of air.
- the air drawn into or expelled from the lungs to provide the generative source for most speech sounds.
- the audible expiration generating voiceless speech sounds, as (p), (k), (sh), etc.
- moisture emitted in respiration, esp. when condensed and visible.
- a trivial circumstance; trifle.
- an odorous exhalation, or the air impregnated by it.
- exhalation or vapor.
- in a low voice or whisper; sotto voce: He protested under his breath because he was afraid to speak up.
- to pause or rest before continuing an activity or beginning a new one; resume regular breathing: Let me catch my breath before I begin anything new.
- at virtually the same time; almost simultaneously: She lost her temper and apologized in the same breath.
- exhausted or gasping for breath, in consequence of an effort; breathless: After climbing to the top of the tower, we were so out of breath that we had to sit down.
- to avoid futile talk or discussion: We were told to save our breath because the matter had already been decided.
- to make one as if breathless with astonishment; surprise; stun: The sheer beauty of the sea took away my breath.
- breath (Thesaurus)