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Meaning of BREATHING

Pronunciation:  'breedhing

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  the bodily process of inhalation and exhalation; the process of taking in oxygen from inhaled air and releasing carbon dioxide by exhalation
  2. [adj]  passing or able to pass air in and out of the lungs normally; sometimes used in combination; "the boy was disappointed to find only skeletons instead of living breathing dinosaurs"; "the heavy-breathing person on the telephone"

BREATHING is a 9 letter word that starts with B.


 Synonyms: breathed, eupneic, eupnoeic, exhaling, external respiration, huffing, inhaling, puffing, puffy, respiration, snoring, snorting, ventilation
 Antonyms: breathless, dyspneal, dyspneic, dyspnoeal, dyspnoeic
 See Also: abdominal breathing, activity, artificial respiration, aspiration, bodily function, bodily process, body process, breathing in, breathing out, Cheyne-Stokes respiration, eupnea, eupnoea, exhalation, expiration, heaving, hyperpnea, hyperventilation, hypopnea, inhalation, inspiration, panting, periodic breathing, second wind, smoke, smoking, sniffle, snivel, snore, snoring, snuffle, stertor, wheeze



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Breath"ing\, n.
1. Respiration; the act of inhaling and exhaling air.

         Subject to a difficulty of breathing. --Melmoth.

2. Air in gentle motion.

3. Any gentle influence or operation; inspiration; as, the
   breathings of the Spirit.

4. Aspiration; secret prayer. ``Earnest desires and
   breathings after that blessed state.'' --Tillotson.

5. Exercising; promotion of respiration.

         Here is a lady that wants breathing too; And I have
         heard, you knights of Tyre Are excellent in making
         ladies trip.                          --Shak.

6. Utterance; communication or publicity by words.

         I am sorry to give breathing to my purpose. --Shak.

7. Breathing place; vent. --Dryden.

8. Stop; pause; delay.

         You shake the head at so long a breathing. --Shak.

9. Also, in a wider sense, the sound caused by the friction
   of the outgoing breath in the throat, mouth, etc., when
   the glottis is wide open; aspiration; the sound expressed
   by the letter h.

10. (Gr. Gram.) A mark to indicate aspiration or its absence.
    See {Rough breathing}, {Smooth breathing}, below.

{Breathing place}.
    (a) A pause. ``That c[ae]sura, or breathing place, in the
        midst of the verse.'' --Sir P. Sidney.
    (b) A vent.

{Breathing time}, pause; relaxation. --Bp. Hall.

{Breathing while}, time sufficient for drawing breath; a
   short time. --Shak.

{Rough breathing} ({spiritus asper}) ([spasp]). See 2d
   {Asper}, n.

{Smooth breathing} ({spiritus lenis}), a mark (') indicating
   the absence of the sound of h, as in 'ie`nai (ienai).