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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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It was a mass exhaling after months of held breath and electric tension on Teesside.
The climax needs to be read with held breath as the book fades to black and then comes back for one last seal-like leap.
Breath holding time was measured in seconds from the time of holding breath after deep inspiration till the breaking point of the held breath by using a stop watch.
It's this hair-thin chance of reprieve, this shallowly held breath, that provides the slight aperture into which the battle of the book unfurls.
Andrew Lynch sat aboard, his body as still as a held breath.