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breathing

[bree-thing]
noun
1.
the act of a person or other animal that breathes; respiration.
2.
a single breath.
3.
the short time required for a single breath.
4.
a pause, as for breath.
5.
utterance or words.
6.
a gentle moving or blowing, as of wind.
7.
Classical Greek Grammar.
a.
the manner of articulating the beginning of a word written with an initial vowel sign, with or without aspiration before the vowel.
b.
one of the two symbols used to indicate this. Compare rough breathing, smooth breathing.

Origin:
1350–1400; Middle English brethynge. See breathe, -ing1

breathingly, adverb
unbreathing, adjective
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breathing (ˈbriːðɪŋ)
 
n
1.  the passage of air into and out of the lungs to supply the body with oxygen
2.  a single breath: a breathing between words
3.  an utterance: a breathing of hate
4.  a soft movement, esp of air
5.  a rest or pause
6.  phonetics
 a.  expulsion of breath (rough breathing) or absence of such expulsion (smooth breathing) preceding the pronunciation of an initial vowel or rho in ancient Greek
 b.  either of two symbols indicating this

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Word Origin & History

breathe
c.1300, not in O.E., but it retains the original O.E. vowel of its source word, breath. Related: Breathing.
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Medical Dictionary

breathing breath·ing (brē'ðĭng)
n.
The alternate inhalation and exhalation of air in respiration.

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