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BREATHING

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does breathing mean? 

BREATHING (noun)
  The noun BREATHING has 1 sense:

1. the bodily process of inhalation and exhalation; the process of taking in oxygen from inhaled air and releasing carbon dioxide by exhalation

  Familiarity information: BREATHING used as a noun is very rare.


BREATHING (adjective)
  The adjective BREATHING has 1 sense:

1. passing or able to pass air in and out of the lungs normally; sometimes used in combination

  Familiarity information: BREATHING used as an adjective is very rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


BREATHING (noun)


Sense 1breathing [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The bodily process of inhalation and exhalation; the process of taking in oxygen from inhaled air and releasing carbon dioxide by exhalation

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Synonyms:

breathing; external respiration; respiration; ventilation

Hypernyms ("breathing" is a kind of...):

activity; bodily function; bodily process; body process (an organic process that takes place in the body)

Meronyms (parts of "breathing"):

breathing out; exhalation; expiration (the act of expelling air from the lungs)

aspiration; breathing in; inhalation; inspiration (the act of inhaling; the drawing in of air (or other gases) as in breathing)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "breathing"):

artificial respiration (an emergency procedure whereby breathing is maintained artificially)

wheeze (breathing with a husky or whistling sound)

sniffle; snivel; snuffle (the act of breathing heavily through the nose (as when the nose is congested))

snore; snoring; stertor (the act of snoring or producing a snoring sound)

smoke; smoking (the act of smoking tobacco or other substances)

Cheyne-Stokes respiration; periodic breathing (abnormal respiration in which periods of shallow and deep breathing alternate)

heaving; panting (breathing heavily (as after exertion))

hyperventilation (an increased depth and rate of breathing greater than demanded by the body needs; can cause dizziness and tingling of the fingers and toes and chest pain if continued)

hypopnea (slow or shallow breathing)

hyperpnea (energetic (deep and rapid) respiration that occurs normally after exercise or abnormally with fever or various disorders)

eupnea; eupnoea (normal relaxed breathing)

abdominal breathing (breathing in which most of the respiratory effort is done by the abdominal muscles)

second wind (the return of relatively easy breathing after initial exhaustion during continuous exertion)


BREATHING (adjective)


Sense 1breathing [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Passing or able to pass air in and out of the lungs normally; sometimes used in combination

Synonyms:

breathing; eupneic; eupnoeic

Context examples:

the boy was disappointed to find only skeletons instead of living breathing dinosaurs / the heavy-breathing person on the telephone

Similar:

sweet-breathed (having breath or breath as specified)

snoring (breathing during sleep with harsh noises caused by vibration of the uvula or soft palate)

snorting (breathing noisily and forcefully through the nostrils)

Antonym:

breathless (not breathing or able to breathe except with difficulty)


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