- breath [breth]n.[ME breth < OE bræth, odor, exhalation < IE base * bher-, well up > FERMENT, BARM, BROOD]1. air taken into the lungs and then let out2. the act of breathing; respiration3. the power to breathe easily and naturally [to get one's breath back]4. life or spirit5. air or vapor given off from anything6. air carrying fragrance or odor7. a puff or whiff, as of air; slight breeze8. moisture produced by a condensing of the breath, as in cold air9. an utterance, esp. in a low voice; whisper or murmur10. the time taken by a single respiration; a moment11. a slight pause or rest12. a faint hint or indication13. Phonet. a voiceless exhalation of the airstream with relative stillness at the vocal cords, as in pronouncing (s) or (p)——————catch one's breath1. to gasp2. to return to normal breathing after exertion3. Informal to rest or pause——————in the same breathalmost simultaneously——————out of breathbreathless, as from exertion——————save one's breathInformal to refrain from talking when talk would be useless——————take someone's breath awaystrike someone with awe; thrill——————under one's breath or below one's breathin a whisper or murmur
English World dictionary. V. Neufeldt. 2014.