from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Linguistics Voiceless.
  • adjective Having breath of a specified kind. Often used in combination.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Endowed with breath; exercised.
  • Out of breath.
  • In philology, uttered with breath as distinguished from voice; surd or mute.
  • In compounds, having that capacity for breathing indicated by the prefix; as, short-breathed.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective having breath or breath as specified; usually used in combination.
  • adjective uttered without voice.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb Simple past tense and past participle of breathe.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adjective uttered without voice


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  • Wet London breathed, half-asleep, twitching here and there where night drama neurons fired: a woman getting raped; a junkie expiring; someone proposing; a baby slithering out. In the daylight the city's all brash bounce, no question of not going on. Nights you feel the exhaustion, see the going on for what it is: terror of admitting the whole thing's been a mistake. From "The Last Werewolf" by Glen Duncan.

    March 24, 2012