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The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English.

Usage statistics for the noun breath:

imaginative writing92%informational writing8%

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun breath:


Breath is sometimes a misspelling of breadth or breathe.

The word breath is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the noun breath

What does breath mean as a name of something?

Breath is one of the top 1000 most common nouns in the English language.

noun - plural: breaths

  1. the process of taking in and expelling air during breathing
  2. the air that is inhaled and exhaled in respiration
    • example: his sour breath offended her
    • lexical domain: Substances - nouns denoting substances
    • more generic word: air = a mixture of gases (especially oxygen) required for breathing
    • more specific words: exhalation / halitus = exhaled breath
  3. a short respite
  4. an indirect suggestion
  5. a slight movement of the air

Alternative definition of the noun breath


  1. [uncountable] The act or process of breathing.
  2. [countable] A single act of breathing in or out.
  3. [uncountable] Air expelled from the lungs.
  4. [countable] A rest or pause.
  5. a small amount of something, such as wind, or common sense


  1. "Breath": Respiro is a 2002 Italian film written and directed by Emanuele Crialese and released in English-language markets in 2003. The film stars Valeria Golino, Vincenzo Amato, and Francesco Casisa. In the Italian language, respiro means a "breath".
  2. "Breath" is the fourteenth feature film by South Korean director Kim Ki-duk.
  3. "Breath" is a 2009 Turkish drama film directed by Levent Semerci. The film, which tells the story of 40 soldiers in charge of protecting a relay station near the Iraqi border in southeastern Turkey, was adapted from the short stories Tales from the Southeast and Ground Minus Zero by Hakan Evrensel and is, according to Hürriyet Daily News reviewer Emine Yıldırım, the first Turkish film that tackles, through an authentic perspective and convincing realness, the contemporary situation of the Turkish army and its long battle with the terrorist Kurdistan Workers' Party .
  4. "Breath" a.k.a. "Shwaas" is a Marathi film, released in 2004. It was India's official entry to the 2004 Oscars and was ranked 6th in the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film category. Its storyline is based on a real-life incident in Pune. A low-budget of Indian rupee 30 lakhs, Shwaas won the National Award for best film in 2004, nearly 50 years since a Marathi film last earned this title. Directed by debutant Sandeep Sawant, it was shot in 30 days at Sindhudurg, Konkan, Pune and at KEM Hospital in Mumbai. The post-production took one and half years to complete. Shwaas was acknowledged as a "significant turn for Marathi cinema" which had been going through a low patch. After its success, it was released in Hindi, Bengali and Tamil languages.
  5. "Breath" is a 2011 documentary and biographical film written and directed by Kullar Viimne.
  6. "Breath" is a 2012 short film directed by Josué Vázquez Peralta and Eduardo Benjamín Gutiérrez Múgica.
  7. "Breath" is a film, directed by Randi Romo.
    • released in


  1. "Breath" is a notably short stage work by Samuel Beckett. An altered version was first included in Kenneth Tynan's revue Oh! Calcutta!, at the Eden Theatre in New York City on June 16, 1969. The UK premiere was at the Close Theatre Club in Glasgow in October 1969; this was the first performance of the text as written. The second performance, and the English premiere, was at a benefit held at the Oxford Playhouse on March 8, 1970. “The first accurate publication appeared in Gambit 4.16: 5–9, with a manuscript facsimile.
    • released in (46 years ago)
  2. "Breath" is the twentieth book and the eighth novel by Australian novelist Tim Winton. His first novel in seven years, it was published in 2008, in Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, the United States of America, Canada, the Netherlands and Germany.
    • language: English Language
    • released in (7 years ago)
  3. "Breath" is a book by Sandra Sabatini.
    • also known as "Breath--The Essence of Yoga", Breath--The Essence of Yoga
    • subjects: Health, Fitness


  1. "Breath" is a song by the American rock band Pearl Jam. Featuring lyrics written by vocalist Eddie Vedder and music written by guitarist Stone Gossard, "Breath" first appeared on the soundtrack to the 1992 film, Singles. The song was included on Pearl Jam's 2004 greatest hits album, rearviewmirror. An early version of the song, entitled "Breath and a Scream", was included as part of the reissue of the band's debut album, Ten, in 2009.
  2. "Breath" is the second single and the third track from post-grunge/alternative metal band Breaking Benjamin's third album, Phobia. It was the band's fourth charted song on the U.S. Hot 100 overall, and the second from Phobia. Although "Breath" failed to capture to pop success of The Diary of Jane at #50 where "Breath" hit #84 on the Billboard Hot 100, it was more successful on the rock charts where it hit #1 on the US Mainstream Rock Tracks chart, making it Breaking Benjamin's first number-one hit staying there for seven weeks where "The Diary of Jane" hit #2 and it also hit #3 on the US Modern Rock Tracks chart tying with So Cold as their highest-charting single on the chart where "The Diary of Jane" hit #4.
  3. "Breath" is a 2010 single by the South Korean band Beast.
    • released in (5 years ago)
  4. "Breath" a.k.a. "Nefes" is an studio album by Serdar Ortaç released on June 2, 2008.
  5. "Breath" is a musical album of Mercan Dede.
    • released in (9 years ago)
  6. "Breath" is a musical album of Flutwacht.
    • released in (8 years ago)
  7. "Breath" is a musical EP of LeGaScred.
    • released on
  8. "BREATH" is a musical album of Misato Watanabe.
    • released on (27 years ago)
  9. "Breath" is a musical EP of The Rosemary Beads.
    • released in (21 years ago)
  10. "Breath" is a musical EP of SM the Ballad.
    • released on
  11. "breath" is a musical album of Rina Chinen.
    • released on (14 years ago)
  12. "Breath" is a musical album of Yinon Muallem.
    • released on (4 years ago)
  13. "breath" is a musical single of ダリ.
    • released on (8 years ago)
  14. "Breath" is a musical album of Sumitada Azumano.
    • released on (15 years ago)
  15. "BREATH" is a musical album of Seeda.


  1. Breath was a Japanese rock duo. Its members were Kanatsuki Takuya and Kikuchi Kazuhito. They broke up in October 2005.
  2. Breath is a musical group.
    • album: "ガラクタの唄"

There are other groups with in their name, like Black Breath, Death Breath, Final Breath, Stone Breath, Angel's Breath, Another Breath, Breath of Life, Breath of Death, Faithful Breath, New Sweet Breath, Breath of Sorrows, Locomotive Breath, Manticore's Breath, The Breath Of Life, Her Breath on Glass, Metabass 'N' Breath, The Breeze The Breath, You've Got Foetus on Your Breath and Chris McGregor's Brotherhood of Breath.


  1. Breath a.k.a. Breathing is the process that moves air in and out of the lungs, or oxygen through other breathing organs such as gills. For organisms with lungs, breathing is also called ventilation, which includes both inhalation and exhalation. Breathing is one part of physiological respiration required to sustain life. Aerobic organisms of birds, mammals, and reptiles—require oxygen to release energy via cellular respiration, in the form of the metabolism of energy-rich molecules such as glucose. Breathing is only one of the processes that deliver oxygen to where it is needed in the body and remove carbon dioxide. Another important process involves the movement of blood by the circulatory system. Gas exchange occurs in the pulmonary alveoli by passive diffusion of gases between the alveolar gas and the blood in lung capillaries. Once these dissolved gases are in the blood, the heart powers their flow around the body. The medical term for normal relaxed breathing is eupnea.
  2. Breath is a cataloged instance, musical recording, canonical version.

Phrases with Breath

Phrases starting with the word Breath:

  1. Breath Sounds
  2. Breath of Heaven

Phrases ending with the word Breath:

  1. Bad Breath
  2. Catch-Breath
  3. Waste Breath
  4. baby's breath
  5. baby's-breath
  6. Out of Breath
  7. take a breath
  8. Wiener Breath
  9. babies'-breath
  10. baby's breath
  11. infant's-breath
  12. To Waste Breath
  13. Hold One's Breath
  14. Low Baby's-Breath
  15. Save One's Breath
  16. With Bated Breath
  17. catch one's breath
  18. in the same breath

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Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Breath

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Google previewThe Alchemy of Voice (2010)

Transform and Enrich Your Life Through the Power of Your Voice by Stewart Pearce

Breath is the very measure of our lives. Yet in between birth and death, most of us take the air that moves through our nostrils and mouths completely for granted. Breath is far more than a simple movement of air; our whole life depends on the ...

Google previewConscious Living (2002)

A Guidebook for Spiritual Transformation by Swami Rama

Breath is a direct link with the Lord that you have every day. It's a perfect philosophy. Besides the philosophical...

Breath is the bridge between the body and your thinking process called mind. In our modern world, we either talk only about the ...

Google previewThe End of the Unrepentant (2012)

A Study of the Biblical Themes of Fire and Being Consumed by J. Webb Mealy

Isaiah 33:11–12 11You conceive chaff, you bring forth stubble; your breath is a fire that will consume you. 12And the peoples will be as if burned to lime, ...

Google previewEsoteric Anatomy (2012)

The Body as Consciousness by Bruce Burger

Our every breath is a reenactment of the primordial mystery of creation, our every utterance a microcosm of the Sacred Word. As jurist and Tantrie scholar Sir john Woodroffe \Vrotc: On the physical plane, Prana manifests in the animal body as ...

Google previewElicitive Conflict Transformation and the Transrational Shift in Peace Politics (2013)

by W. Dietrich

'Breath is a promiscuous lover. The breath you just took was in someone else a moment ago...

Google previewNew Zealand Māori Word Encyclopedia (2007)

by Sally-Anne Lambert

ingn / macro / paiore / huhu / poho kore Be emaciated kohia Living in an anaciated state whakapaiore BREATH Breath...

/ whakahi / hi Breathe / Take breath ngi [git — recovered from upset, of a ...

Google previewBashgali Dictionary (2001)

An Analysis of Colonel J. Davidson's Notes on the Bashgali Language by Sten Konow

breath; shits kalon, let him ...

Google previewLexicon of the Mouth (2014)

Poetics and Politics of Voice and the Oral Imaginary by Brandon LaBelle

Speech and voicing are inextricably connected to breath and breathing; the respiratory movements of inhaling and exhaling are the very operations enabling voice to sound. Yet these operations also figure in the lexicon of mouth movements, ...

Google previewFirst Name Reverse Dictionary (1993)

Given Names Listed by Meaning, 2d ed. by Yvonne Navarro

m Abbott; son Abbott m abbey; father Abbottson m Abbott; son Abdalla m God/ god; servant Abdel m son Abdul m son Abeale f open; protected Abebe f asked Abebi f asked Abedi m worshiper Abeeku m born Abejide m born Abel m breath ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Spectroscopy and Spectrometry (2016)

During its period of existence and use, SIFT-MS has been used to study and analyse, mostly for VOCs, a wide variety of gaseous media, including exhaled breath, urine headspace, mammalian and bacterial cell cultures and in food science.

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Quotes about Breath

Think nothing
While taking breath
And think nothing
While dreaming
And think nothing
At the time of
Breaking dream
In the midst of war
War is a life
And without war
How can we survive
War is the life breath
Think nothing
While taking breath. (Gajanan Mishra)
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Scrabble value of B3R1E1A1T1H4

The value of this 6-letter word is 11 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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