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BREATH, noun breth.

1. The air inhaled and expelled in the respiration of animals.

2. Life.

No man has more contempt than I of breath

3. The state or power of breathing freely; opposed to a state of exhaustion from violent action; as, I am out of breath; I am scarce in breath

4. Respite; pause; time to breathe; as, let me take breath; give me some breath

5. Breeze; aid in gentle motion.

Calm and unruffled as a summer's sea,

When not a breath of wind flies o'er its surface.

6. A single respiration; as, he swears at every breath

7. An instant; the time of a single respiration; a single act.

He smiles and he frowns in a breath

8. A word.

A breath can make them, as a breath has made.