Definition of breather in English:



  • 1informal [in singular] A brief pause for rest.

    ‘the director is taking a breather from his furious schedule’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I stopped to take a breather as the picture on the screen changed.’
    • ‘I just wish somebody would trust us so we could get off the ground and she could take a breather.’
    • ‘Satisfied, we stopped to take a breather and admire our hard determination, or lack thereof.’
    • ‘Let's take a breather, because this is not fair.’
    • ‘Luckily, I'm able to momentarily escape and take a breather.’
    • ‘Just don't forget to take a breather now and then, OK?’
    • ‘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!’
    • ‘I suppose that we should take a breather for now, after all we shouldn't sit around worrying or we'll go crazy.’
    • ‘They ran for a good hour before Michi stopped to take a breather.’
    • ‘I needed to take a breather after each concerto.’
    • ‘We stopped to take a breather after playing one-on-one for an hour.’
    • ‘I stop to take a breather, before looking up in to the lights of an oncoming snowmobile.’
    • ‘None of them shoot more than a few rounds before taking a breather - leaving them open to more than a few bullets.’
    • ‘‘I love to do big, long rides on my single-speed,’ she says as we take a breather.’
    • ‘But at the moment I think it needs to take a breather.’
    • ‘Coming out here for a few years and teaching was almost like taking a breather.’
    • ‘And when you take a breather, you find yourself walking the routes that people walked 800 years ago.’
    break, rest, pause, interval, respite, breathing space, lull, recess, time out
    stop, halt
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  • 2A vent or valve to release pressure or to allow air to move freely around something.

    ‘a cask breather’
    [as modifier] ‘a breather pipe’
    • ‘Returning the screwdrivers to the tool box, he unscrewed the breather cover.’
    • ‘These highly polished breathers are the final touch to accent your valve covers.’
    • ‘Taking the breather cover off, he studied the carburetor valve.’
    • ‘Is there an alternative to a breather in the valve cover?’
    • ‘Replace the breather if the valve shows signs of wear or will not open and close easily.’
    outlet, inlet, opening, aperture, vent hole, hole, gap, orifice, space, cavity, cleft, slit, pore, port
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  • 3A person or animal that breathes in a particular way, or breathes a particular substance.

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