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Breather   Listen
noun
Breather  n.  
1.
One who breathes. Hence:
(a)
One who lives.
(b)
One who utters.
(c)
One who animates or inspires.
2.
That which puts one out of breath, as violent exercise. (Colloq.)
3.
A pause to catch one's breath, or for some other form of rest or refreshment; often used in the phrase to take a breather, i.e. to pause for refreshment. (Colloq.)
4.
A vent in a container to allow equalization of internal and external pressure.
5.
An air intake pipe to provide air to machinery or people submerged or otherwise sealed off from the outside.






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"Breather" Quotes from Famous Books



... jabbed at me shoulder? Gave it a dooce of a wrench. Is it Eddy or me Wot's a-bleedin' so free? Crust! but it's long to the trench. I ain't just as strong as a Sandow, And Ed ain't a flapper by far; I'm blamed if I understand 'ow We've managed to get where we are. But 'ere's for a bit of a breather. "Steady there, Ed, 'arf a mo'. Old pal, it's all right; It's a 'ell of a fight, But ...
— Rhymes of a Red Cross Man • Robert W. Service

... the size of the universe, but they dwell entirely upon the intimate charm of it, the charm that rises out of breeding and cultivation, and a feeling for the finer graces of the body and sweet purities of mind. Mrs. Cowdery is essentially a breather and a bringer of peace. There is no purpose in these gracious and entertaining pictures, for they are invented solely to recall and make permanent, for this lady's own delight, those moments of joy of which there must have been many if the gentleness and the clear ...
— Adventures in the Arts - Informal Chapters on Painters, Vaudeville, and Poets • Marsden Hartley

... I say?" cried Andrew. "You really are about as quarrelsome a fellow as ever lived. No, no; I don't mean that. Come on, Frank, old lad; I do want a breather this morning. I'll do anything you like—run ...
— In Honour's Cause - A Tale of the Days of George the First • George Manville Fenn



Words linked to "Breather" :   U-boat, take a breather, sub, schnorkel, air passage, schnorchel, breathing space, airway, air duct, snorkel, snorkel breather, breathing spell, rest, breathe, respite, breathing time, pigboat, submarine, breath, relief



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