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Webster's Dictionary 1828

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Respiration


RESPIRA'TION, noun [Latin respiratio.]

1. The act of breathing; the act of inhaling air into the lungs and again exhaling or expelling it, by which animal life is supported. The respiration of fishes, [for these cannot live long without air, ] appears to be performed by the air contained in the water acting on the gills.

2. Relief from toil.