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[breth] /brɛθ/
noun
1.
the air inhaled and exhaled in respiration.
2.
respiration, especially as necessary to life.
3.
life; vitality.
4.
the ability to breathe easily and normally:
She stopped to regain her breath.
5.
time to breathe; pause or respite:
Give him a little breath.
6.
a single inhalation or respiration:
He took a deep breath.
7.
the brief time required for a single respiration; a moment or instant:
They gave it to her and took it away all in a breath.
8.
a slight suggestion, hint, or whisper:
The breath of slander never touched her.
9.
a light current of air.
10.
Phonetics.
  1. the air drawn into or expelled from the lungs to provide the generative source for most speech sounds.
  2. the audible expiration generating voiceless speech sounds, as (p), (k), (sh), etc.
11.
moisture emitted in respiration, especially when condensed and visible.
12.
a trivial circumstance; trifle.
13.
an odorous exhalation, or the air impregnated by it.
14.
Obsolete. exhalation or vapor.
Idioms
15.
below / under one's breath, in a low voice or whisper; sotto voce:
He protested under his breath because he was afraid to speak up.
16.
catch one's breath, to pause or rest before continuing an activity or beginning a new one; resume regular breathing:
Let me catch my breath before I begin anything new.
17.
in the same breath, at virtually the same time; almost simultaneously:
She lost her temper and apologized in the same breath.
18.
out of breath, exhausted or gasping for breath, in consequence of an effort; breathless:
After climbing to the top of the tower, we were so out of breath that we had to sit down.
19.
save one's breath, to avoid futile talk or discussion:
We were told to save our breath because the matter had already been decided.
20.
take away one's breath, to make one as if breathless with astonishment; surprise; stun:
The sheer beauty of the sea took away my breath.
Also, take one's breath away.
Origin
900
before 900; Middle English breth, breeth, Old English brǣth smell, exhalation; akin to German Brodem vapor, steam
Related forms
interbreath, adjective
Can be confused
breadth, breath, breathe.
Synonyms
3. spirit, animation, vigor, force.
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British Dictionary definitions for below ones breath

breath

/brɛθ/
noun
1.
the intake and expulsion of air during respiration
2.
the air inhaled or exhaled during respiration
3.
a single respiration or inhalation of air, etc
4.
the vapour, heat, or odour of exhaled air: his breath on the window melted the frost
5.
a slight gust of air
6.
a short pause or rest: take a breath for five minutes
7.
a brief time: it was done in a breath
8.
a suggestion or slight evidence; suspicion: a breath of scandal
9.
a whisper or soft sound
10.
life, energy, or vitality: the breath of new industry
11.
(phonetics) the passage of air through the completely open glottis without vibration of the vocal cords, as in exhaling or pronouncing fricatives such as (f) or (h) or stops such as (p) or (k) Compare voice (sense 11)
12.
a breath of fresh air, a refreshing change from what one is used to
13.
catch one's breath, to rest until breathing is normal, esp after exertion
14.
hold one's breath, to wait expectantly or anxiously
15.
in the same breath, done or said at the same time
16.
out of breath, gasping for air after exertion
17.
save one's breath, to refrain from useless talk
18.
take one's breath away, to overwhelm with surprise, etc
19.
under one's breath, below one's breath, in a quiet voice or whisper
Word Origin
Old English brǣth; related to brǣdan to burn, Old High German brādam heat, breath
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Word Origin and History for below ones breath

breath

n.

Old English bræð "odor, scent, stink, exhalation, vapor" (Old English word for "air exhaled from the lungs" was æðm), from Proto-Germanic *bræthaz "smell, exhalation" (cf. Old High German bradam, German Brodem "breath, steam"), from PIE root *gwhre- "to breathe, smell."

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below ones breath in Medicine

breath (brěth)
n.

  1. The air inhaled and exhaled in respiration.

  2. A single respiration.

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Idioms and Phrases with below ones breath
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