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The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Breathing \Breath"ing\, n. 1. Respiration; the act of inhaling and exhaling air. [1913 Webster] Subject to a difficulty of breathing. --Melmoth. [1913 Webster] 2. Air in gentle motion. [1913 Webster] 3. Any gentle influence or operation; inspiration; as, the breathings of the Spirit. [1913 Webster] 4. Aspiration; secret prayer. "Earnest desires and breathings after that blessed state." --Tillotson. [1913 Webster] 5. Exercising; promotion of respiration. [1913 Webster] Here is a lady that wants breathing too; And I have heard, you knights of Tyre Are excellent in making ladies trip. --Shak. [1913 Webster] 6. Utterance; communication or publicity by words. [1913 Webster] I am sorry to give breathing to my purpose. --Shak. [1913 Webster] 7. Breathing place; vent. --Dryden. [1913 Webster] 8. Stop; pause; delay. [1913 Webster] You shake the head at so long a breathing. --Shak. [1913 Webster] 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 h. [1913 Webster] 10. (Gr. Gram.) A mark to indicate aspiration or its absence. See Rough breathing, Smooth breathing, below. [1913 Webster] Breathing place. (a) A pause. "That c[ae]sura, 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 (ienai). [1913 Webster] [1913 Webster]