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1. the intake and expulsion of air during respiration
2. the air inhaled or exhaled during respiration
3. a single respiration or inhalation of air, etc

What does it mean when you dream about breath?

Many people have problems breathing during sleep, even if they do not have full-blown apnea, and this can be reflected in one’s dream life. If not an apnea symptom, holding one’s breath in a dream represent an expression of will, or repressing one’s anxieties or emotions. Breathing is also central to an unusually large number of idioms: “a breath of fresh air,” “a waste of breath,” “take your breath away,” “catch your breath,” “out of breath,” and the like, any one of which could find expression in one’s dreams.

References in classic literature ?
And I, my dear,' said Rachel, with a tremble in her voice, 'have known him through them all, to be, according to his quiet ways, so faithful to everything honest and good, that if he was never to be heard of more, and I was to live to be a hundred years old, I could say with my last breath, God knows my heart.
In that last outburst of joy her last breath had passed.
And in his last breath reproached me for stooping to a boor
Said with his last breath that he considered service the most honourable part of his career, and so it was.
I have seen a man gasp out his last breath for less.
Here lie the mortal remains Of JOHN CHIVERY, Never anything worth mentioning, Who died about the end of the year one thousand eight hundred and twenty-six, Of a broken heart, Requesting with his last breath that the word AMY might be inscribed over his ashes, which was accordingly directed to be done, By his afflicted Parents.
Jahan then went on to say that Shami is a "big flirt" and has not "treated me like his wife" before adding that she will not divorce him till her last breath.
We have pledged that our steps will never be back, our struggle will continue for the rights of poor people till last breath.
USA], Feb 27 (ANI): Comedian Bill Cosby's daughter Ensa took her last breath at the age of 44 in Massachusetts.
Pakistan is with them and till our last breath we will continue to support them for their freedom.
But many don't prepare for death, We can't envisage our last breath.
Nisar also recognized himself as a seasoned journalist through projecting social issues and actively performed journalistic mission till his last breath, he added.