Breathe v. i. [imp. & p. p. Breathed p. pr. & vb. n. Breathing.]
1. To respire; to inhale and exhale air; hence;, to live. “I am in health, I breathe.”
Breathes there a man with soul so dead
Who never to himself hath said,
This is my own, my native land! --Sir W. Scott [The Lay of the Last Minstrel].
2. To take breath; to rest from action.
Well! breathe awhile, and then to it again! --Shak.
3. To pass like breath; noiselessly or gently; to exhale; to emanate; to blow gently.
The air breathes upon us here most sweetly. --Shak.
There breathes a living fragrance from the shore. --Byron.
adj 1: having breath or breath as specified; usually used in
2: uttered without voice; "could hardly hear her breathed plea,
`Help me'"; "voiceless whispers" [syn: voiceless]