Definition of breather in English:



  • 1A person or animal that breathes in a particular way.

    ‘a heavy breather’
    • ‘He heard the heavy breathing first - mouth breathers should never be murderers.’
    • ‘Heavy breathers should maintain a distance of four inches between mouth and phone.’
    • ‘They're gill breathers, which means they can't survive out of oxygenated water.’
    • ‘Who wants to be a passive breather of fumes, when we now seem to be awarded a right to clean air?’
    • ‘That is why so many of us today are shallow breathers.’
    • ‘It encapsulates the view of pre-teens as miscreant mouth breathers only capable of cursing, not thinking.’
    • ‘The next night, however, the heavy breather returned with her cub.’
    • ‘Dolphins and whales, air breathers like us, remain submerged on a single breath hold for up to 40 minutes.’
    • ‘Baton twirlers and fire breathers took to the dance floor, putting on a short show.’
    • ‘So take a good look at your weights, heavy breathers.’
    • ‘In contrast, most recreational athletes spend little time concentrating on breathing and as a result are bad breathers.’
    • ‘Of course I already am a heavy breather, but this is even heavier than normal.’
    • ‘Dancing dwarfs and fire breathers part the converging crowds.’
    • ‘I awoke to the sound of a heavy breather in the other bed.’
    • ‘Newborn infants are obligatory nose breathers which is why nasal obstructions can interfere with normal feeding.’
    • ‘And you two are the idiotic mouth breathers who fell for it.’
  • 2informal A brief pause for rest.

    ‘let's take a breather’
    • ‘Satisfied, we stopped to take a breather and admire our hard determination, or lack thereof.’
    • ‘Her eyes were brimmed with tears and she fled out of the house to school not stopping once to take a breather.’
    • ‘You've climbed about 500 feet now, so take a breather on the ridge.’
    • ‘Luckily, I'm able to momentarily escape and take a breather.’
    • ‘I stop to take a breather, before looking up in to the lights of an oncoming snowmobile.’
    • ‘They ran for a good hour before Michi stopped to take a breather.’
    • ‘I needed to take a breather after each concerto.’
    • ‘Let's take a breather, because this is not fair.’
    • ‘Just don't forget to take a breather now and then, OK?’
    • ‘And when you take a breather, you find yourself walking the routes that people walked 800 years ago.’
    • ‘She did a few laps, and then at one end of the pool, stopped to take a breather and relax.’
    • ‘Take a breather from paying interest: get a 0% card!’
    • ‘But at the moment I think it needs to take a breather.’
    • ‘None of them shoot more than a few rounds before taking a breather - leaving them open to more than a few bullets.’
    • ‘Coming out here for a few years and teaching was almost like taking a breather.’
    • ‘We stopped to take a breather after playing one-on-one for an hour.’
    • ‘I suppose that we should take a breather for now, after all we shouldn't sit around worrying or we'll go crazy.’
    • ‘I just wish somebody would trust us so we could get off the ground and she could take a breather.’
    • ‘I stopped to take a breather as the picture on the screen changed.’
    • ‘‘I love to do big, long rides on my single-speed,’ she says as we take a breather.’
    break, rest, pause, interval, respite, breathing space, lull, recess, time out
    stop, halt
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  • 3A vent or valve to release pressure or to allow air to move freely around something.

    ‘a cask breather’
    ‘a crankcase breather’
    [as modifier] ‘a breather pipe’
    • ‘Returning the screwdrivers to the tool box, he unscrewed the breather cover.’
    • ‘Replace the breather if the valve shows signs of wear or will not open and close easily.’
    • ‘Is there an alternative to a breather in the valve cover?’
    • ‘These highly polished breathers are the final touch to accent your valve covers.’
    • ‘Taking the breather cover off, he studied the carburetor valve.’
    outlet, inlet, opening, aperture, vent hole, hole, gap, orifice, space, cavity, cleft, slit, pore, port
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