breathless

[breth-lis]
adjective
1.
without breath or breathing with difficulty; gasping; panting: We were breathless after the steep climb.
2.
with the breath held, as in suspense, astonishment, fear, or the like: breathless listeners of the mystery story.
3.
causing loss of breath, as from excitement, anticipation, or tension: a breathless ride.
4.
dead; lifeless.
5.
motionless or still, as air without a breeze: a breathless summer day.

Origin:
1350–1400; Middle English brethles. See breath, -less

breathlessly, adverb
breathlessness, noun
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breathless (ˈbrɛθlɪs)
 
adj
1.  out of breath; gasping, etc
2.  holding one's breath or having it taken away by excitement, etc: a breathless confrontation
3.  (esp of the atmosphere) motionless and stifling
4.  rare lifeless; dead
 
'breathlessly
 
adv
 
'breathlessness
 
n

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breathless
late 14c., "unable to breathe," from breath + -less. Meaning "out of breath, panting" is from mid-15c. Used from 1590s in the sense "dead." Meaning "forgetting to breathe due to excitement, awe, anticipation, etc." is recorded from 1802. Related: Breathlessly
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Example sentences
The community in which you were raised did not gather around the television set
  every four years for a solid, breathless month.
Your breathless and badly punctuated paragraphs are comical in their lack of
  knowledge.
My parents arrived breathless, and struggled out of their skis while the bear
  watched, deliberating.
Indeed, he'd taken a swing at the nurses even though he was still breathless.
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