Breath"ing (&?;), n. 1.
Respiration; the act of inhaling and exhaling air.
Subject to a difficulty of breathing.
2. Air in gentle motion.
3. Any gentle influence or operation; inspiration;
as, the breathings of the Spirit.
4. Aspiration; secret prayer. "Earnest
desires and breathings after that blessed state."
5. Exercising; promotion of respiration.
Here is a lady that wants breathing too;
And I have heard, you knights of Tyre
Are excellent in making ladies trip.
6. Utterance; communication or publicity by
I am sorry to give breathing to my purpose.
7. Breathing place; vent. Dryden.
8. Stop; pause; delay.
You shake the head at so long a breathing.
9. Also, in a wider sense, the sound caused by the
friction of the outgoing breath in the throat, mouth, etc., when the
glottis is wide open; aspiration; the sound expressed by the letter
10. (Gr. Gram.) A mark to indicate
aspiration or its absence. See Rough breathing, Smooth
Breathing place. (a) A pause.
"That cæsura, or breathing place, in the midst of the verse."
Sir P. Sidney. (b) A vent. --
Breathing time, pause; relaxation. Bp.
Hall. -- Breathing while, time sufficient for
drawing breath; a short time. Shak. -- Rough
breathing (spiritus asper) (&spasp;). See 2d
Asper, n. -- Smooth
breathing (spiritus lenis), a mark (') indicating the
absence of the sound of h, as in 'ie`nai