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Definition of "breathing" []

  • The act or process of respiration. (noun)
  • A single breath. (noun)
  • The time required to take one's breath. (noun)
  • Either of two marks, the rough breathing ( ̔ ) and the smooth breathing ( ̓ ), used in Greek to indicate presence or absence of aspiration. (noun)
  • The presence or absence of aspiration indicated by either of these marks. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "breathing" in a sentence
  • "It must not be supposed that a singer's breathing is something strange or complex, for it is nothing more than _an amplification of normal, healthy breathing_."
  • "Perhaps interestingly, number 10, skin breathing, comes from the Bond film Goldfinger."
  • "And rather than feel like he's selling out, Walkley says his reel compositions allow his real rock 'n' roll songs to "be more pure," because life as an independent songwriter means "you don't have a label breathing down your neck.""