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Definition of breath:

  1. A single respiration, or the time of making it; a single act; an instant.
  2. A single word; the slightest effort; a trifle.
  3. A very slight breeze; air in gentle motion.
  4. Fig.: That which gives or strengthens life.
  5. Fragrance; exhalation; odor; perfume.
  6. Gentle exercise, causing a quicker respiration.
  7. The act of breathing naturally or freely; the power or capacity to breathe freely; as, I am out of breath.
  8. The air inhaled and exhaled in respiration; air which, in the process of respiration, has parted with oxygen and has received carbonic acid, aqueous vapor, warmth, etc.
  9. The power of respiration, and hence, life.
  10. Time to breathe; respite; pause.

Synonyms:

wind, suggestion, breathing room, confidential information, schnorchel, glimmering, suspicion, semblance, psyche, tip, steer, inkling, dash, glimmer, shadow, body, streak, puff, intimation, show, vital force, breathing space, breathing spell, inhalation, breathing place, rest, shade, ghost, hint, speck, pinch, flutter, jot, gasp, vitality, pant, mite, breathing time, expiration, slow down, taste, soupcon, divine spark, clue, spirit, schnorkel, soul, respiration, tinge, trace, inspiration, stop, big, breathing, whisker, snorkel, sigh, snorkel breather, whisper, hair, life force, touch, breather, lead, pause.

Usage examples:

  • She held her breath; tried to listen.

    - "Hetty Wesley", Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch.
  • " Let us take breath, my dear friend.

    - "The Memoires of Casanova, Complete The Rare Unabridged London Edition Of 1894, plus An Unpublished Chapter of History, By Arthur Symons", Jacques Casanova de Seingalt.
  • You must take breath first.

    - "Wych Hazel", Susan and Anna Warner.