Word of the Day: Breath
breath / breTH
1. air which is inhaled and exhaled during respiration
Communication is to relationships what breath is to life.
Virginia Satir, 1916-1988
2. air which is carried from the mouth
Better the cold blast of winter than the hot breath of a pursuing elephant.
A human being is only breath and shadow.
Sophocles, c. 496 BC – c. 406 BC
4. a light breeze
Worldly fame is but a breath of wind that blows now this way, and now that, and changes name as it changes direction.
Dante Alighieri, 1265-1321
5. a small indication; a hint
Perfect love has a breath of poetry which can exalt the relations of the least-instructed human beings.
from ‘Silas Marner’ by George Eliot, 1819-1880
6. the amount of time it takes to inhale and exhale
I took a deep breath and listened to the old bray of my heart.
from ‘The Bell Jar’ by Sylvia Plath, 1932-1963
7. the faculty of respiration
How art thou out of breath when thou hast breath/ To say to me that thou art out of breath?
from ‘Romeo and Juliet’ by William Shakespeare, 1564-1616