"breathing" in the noun sense
1. breathing, external respiration, respiration, ventilation
the bodily process of inhalation and exhalation the process of taking in oxygen from inhaled air and releasing carbon dioxide by exhalation
"breathing" in the verb sense
1. breathe, take a breath, respire, suspire
draw air into, and expel out of, the lungs
"I can breathe better when the air is clean"
"The patient is respiring"
"Every creature that breathes"
impart as if by breathing
"He breathed new life into the old house"
allow the passage of air through
"Our new synthetic fabric breathes and is perfect for summer wear"
utter or tell
"not breathe a word"
manifest or evince
"She breathes the Christian spirit"
7. rest, breathe, catch one's breath, take a breather
take a short break from one's activities in order to relax
reach full flavor by absorbing air and being let to stand after having been uncorked
"This rare Bordeaux must be allowed to breathe for at least 2 hours"
9. emit, breathe, pass off
expel (gases or odors)
"breathing" in the adjective sense
1. breathing, eupneic, eupnoeic
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"
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