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 for breathlessness
Breathlessness and cough due to narrowing of airways and swelling of the throat.
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