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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
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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.

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Donna, who works in retail in the city centre, said she began to feel breathless so tried taking her reliever inhaler but it had no effect and within a matter of minutes she was stricken on her bed so breathless she couldn't move and could only mutter a few words.
Yesterday around 04 AM in the morning he felt unwell and breathless, requested guards to open cell door as he choked.It took a while for him to settle after using sublingual nitrate spray.
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Director Donovan Marsh charts a familiar course through breathless action sequences and threats of mutiny.
Azerbaijani photographer Rustam Huseynov attended the screening of the film "Breathless" byJean-Luc Godard on August 17, Day.Az reported.
To me he's not breathless. To me it's a very important issue," the doctor said.
Dr Mohammed said Mr Willans had told him he wasn't breathless - one of the signs of a clot.
THERE'S a breathless lack of subtlety in this teen sci-fi romance where a high-school girl has a close encounter in downtown Moscow.
Beyond Elsewhere is a breathless testament to the transcendent power of love, ranging as it emerges from the poet's pen, from the attraction between individuals to the diffuse but unmistakable connection between the soul and the universe from which it emerges and for which it serves as a kind of holy mirror.
The trek wasn't tough but I was struggling, feeling breathless easily and embarrassingly so.