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breather

[bree-th er] /ˈbri ðər/
noun
1.
a pause, as for breath.
2.
vigorous exercise that causes heavy breathing.
3.
a person who breathes.
4.
a vent in a container or covering, as in a casing for machinery or in a storage tank, to equalize interior and exterior pressure, permit entry of air, escape of fumes, or the like.
5.
a device for providing air from the atmosphere to submerged or otherwise sealed-off persons, internal-combustion engines, etc.:
the snorkel breather of a submarine.
Origin of breather
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English brethere. See breathe, -er1
Synonyms
1. rest, break, time-out, recess, intermission.
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British Dictionary definitions for breather

breather

/ˈbriːðə/
noun
1.
(informal) a short pause for rest
2.
a person who breathes in a specified way: a deep breather
3.
a vent in a container to equalize internal and external pressure, such as the pipe in the crankcase of an internal-combustion engine
4.
a small opening in a room, container, cover, etc, supplying air for ventilation
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Word Origin and History for breather
n.

c.1600, "a living creature, one who breathes," agent noun from breathe. Meaning "spell of exercise to stimulate breathing" is from 1836; that of "a rest to recover breath" is from 1901.

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Slang definitions & phrases for breather

breather

noun

A person who makes harassing telephone calls and merely breathes, rather than talking, into the mouthpiece (1970s+)

Related Terms

heavy breather, mouth-breather

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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