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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.

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When the Dalin Precinct police arrived on the scene, it was only after a stern warning by officers that Liu finally stopped inhaling the balloon.
Rhythmic Breathing and Flutter Kick: Using their hands as brackets against the pool wall, the students combine the head pivot with rhythmic breathing by inhaling for 3 counts and exhaling for 3 counts.
For instance, a seemingly endless list of compounds can be toxic at certain concentrations, and inhaling such compounds may lead to damage in different parts of the body.
Nonsmokers inhaling secondhand smoke can suffer from watery eyes, headaches, and allergic reactions.
The Environmental Protection Agency is preparing to set limits on the presence of radon in household water to keep people from inhaling the radioactive gas as it evaporates from showers, washing machines, and dishwashers.
Frequent photocopiers beware: Inhaling dust from copy machines may lead to lung disease, Austrian researchers report.