KJV Dictionary Definition: breath


BREATH, n. 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.


BREATHE, v.i. To respire; to inspire and expire air. Hence, to live.

1. To take breath; to rest from action; as, let them have time to breathe.

2. To pass as air.

To whose foul mouth no wholesome air breathes in.

BREATHE, v.t. To inhale as air into the lungs and expel it; as, to breathe vital air.

1. To inject by breathing; to infuse; followed by into.

And the Lord God breathed into his nostrils the breath of life. Gen.2.

2. To expire; to eject by breathing; followed by out; as, to breathe out threatening and slaughter.

3. To exercise; to keep in breath.

The greyhounds are as swift as brethed stage.

4. To inspire or blow into; to cause to sound by breathing; as, to breathe the flute.

5. To exhale; to emit as breath; as, the flowers breathe odors or perfume.

6. To utter softly or in private; as, to breathe a vow.

7. To give air or vent to; to open; as, to breathe a vein.

8. To express; to manifest.

Other articles breathe the same severe spirit.


BRE'ATHED, pp. Inhaled and exhaled; respired; uttered.


BREATH'FUL, a. breth'ful. Full of breath; full of odor.


BRE'ATHING, ppr. Respiring; living; uttering.

1. Exhibiting to the life; as breathing paint.

BRE'ATHING, n. Respiration; the act of inhaling and exhaling air.

1. Aspiration; secret prayer.

2. Breathing-place; vent.

3. Accent; aspiration.


1. A vent.