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[n] the bodily process of inhalation and exhalation; the process of taking in oxygen from inhaled air and releasing carbon dioxide by exhalation
[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"

Misc. Definitions

\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).

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