Main definitions of breeze in US English:

: breeze1breeze2

breeze1

noun

  • 1A gentle wind.

    • ‘The wind was gentle, a slight breeze now and then to cool the warm air.’
    • ‘We can't catch the wind or see the breeze, but we can feel it, see its effects.’
    • ‘As the opened the glass door, a breeze blew the wind - chimes by the sign into soft laughter.’
    • ‘Sea gulls cried overhead and gentle breezes blew from the lake.’
    • ‘Another breeze of wind blew past them, unusually cold for this time of the year.’
    • ‘The slightly elevated topography ensures that buildings benefit from gentle tropical breezes.’
    • ‘His cape waved in the breeze and the wind hit his face, but he was careful not to let it hit his teeth.’
    • ‘The seas were calm and the breeze blowing steadily southward seemed to lessen.’
    • ‘The wind blew not just gentle breezes but full-blown bone chilling winds.’
    • ‘All he wants is someplace warm, where palm trees blow in balmy breezes along a gentle, rolling surf.’
    • ‘It was a beautiful day with the breeze of the wind blowing softly in her ear and the clouds floating softly by.’
    • ‘The forest around them was busy with the sounds of chirping birds and the soft breeze of the wind.’
    • ‘A breeze of cold wind blew past her as she shivered with cold and with fear.’
    • ‘As a result of the mosque's openness, breezes and even stormy winds are able to enter the mosque's interior.’
    • ‘There was a cold breeze as the chilly wind blew in through the open door.’
    • ‘The soft breeze of the late evening blew at her short brown hair, and she brushed it from her face.’
    • ‘The night air was chilly and the wind blew a cold breeze under her hood.’
    • ‘A cool breeze wove its gentle fingers through the flora, then through each of my chocolate locks and down my spine.’
    • ‘Candles are lovely, but you'll need candle holders that will shelter them from the evening breezes.’
    • ‘I felt the cold ocean breeze blow across my face, filling my nose with the salty smell of the ocean.’
    gentle wind, breath of wind, puff of air, current of air, flurry of air, gust
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    1. 1.1with modifier A wind of force 2 to 6 on the Beaufort scale (4–27 knots or 4.5-31 mph).
      • ‘The weather for this ASR patrol was 75 degrees and sunny with a 10 knot breeze from the southwest.’
      • ‘The winds did cooperate in some regard finally covering the complete race area with a 4-6 knot sea breeze.’
      • ‘Convection cells on Earth cause thermals, breezes, thunderstorms and other weather patterns.’
      • ‘The winds picked up, approaching ‘strong breeze’ (Beaufort scale 5-6) and the sky darkened sharply.’
  • 2informal A thing that is easy to do or accomplish.

    ‘traveling through London was a breeze’
    • ‘It was a breeze to make and easy to love, a simply good nosh.’
    • ‘Shortcuts can make a holiday meal a breeze to complete.’
    • ‘Opt for someone who makes even custom printing a breeze to accomplish.’
    easy task, easy job, child's play, nothing, five-finger exercise, gift, walkover, sinecure
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verb

informal
  • 1no object, with adverbial of direction Come or go in a casual or lighthearted manner.

    ‘I breezed in as if nothing were wrong’
    • ‘He was interrupted by the eccentric Calculus teacher breezing through the door.’
    • ‘So she spared only a glance in Martin's direction when he came breezing through the door.’
    • ‘One afternoon, breezing out the door, he told her, ‘See you in a couple of hours.’’
    • ‘Soon, she was breezing into the outskirts of Blessing.’
    • ‘She waved to them, breezing out of the temple hall with Dominic into the sun.’
    • ‘In the years after he passed away, we'd get all sorts of celebrity chefs breezing through our kitchen.’
    • ‘Uncle Rob noisily looked through the room before breezing out the door, shutting it behind him.’
    • ‘Adrienne directs the question towards Greg's secretary as she breezes through the foyer.’
    • ‘I must have been staring at the oven longer than I thought, because my mother came breezing by me in a flurry.’
    • ‘Then Professor Kennedy breezed past them and out of the office.’
    • ‘Ma came breezing out in some jeans and a T-shirt, her greying hair in waves around her face.’
    • ‘He pressed a chaste kiss on her cheek and breezed out of her office.’
    • ‘We don't come breezing in from elsewhere and try to teach the locals how to live.’
    • ‘Blair came breezing in ready to tell me about the rest of her day until she saw the look on my face.’
    • ‘I walked back in and found Izzy breezing out of the bathroom.’
    • ‘‘That's my name, don't wear it out,’ I say, breezing past him.’
    • ‘She actually apologized for breezing past me that day, and I had completely forgotten about that.’
    • ‘With that, he turned and breezed out the back door.’
    • ‘She walked out of her room and into the hallway, breezing past a group of people who were chattering about their day.’
    • ‘The elder enters at a steady pace, breezing by the young chefs on his way through the kitchen.’
    saunter, stroll, sail, cruise, walk casually
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    1. 1.1 Deal with something with apparently casual ease.
      ‘the computer has the power to breeze through huge documents’
      ‘he breezed to victory’
      • ‘I'm supposed to be a ‘senior’ and graduate next year, but I'm breezing along and taking all the key stuff.’
      • ‘Soon, the motorboat was breezing across the ocean.’
      • ‘Alexandra, however, was breezing by in all her classes.’
      • ‘All he has to do is sing a vaguely sad song somewhere near the end of the show and he'll breeze through.’
      • ‘After hugging her parents goodbye, the college student breezes through security at the airport.’
      • ‘I breezed through the procedures and came out to join my friend.’
      • ‘On Monday, after breezing through my finals, I headed to my locker to clean out the forgotten notebooks and water bottles.’
      • ‘But there is evidence the Dream Team won't breeze through here.’
      • ‘Song birds tweeted in the tall trees above our heads, and swallows glided on the air, breezing above our heads.’
      • ‘We breezed into the far turn a length and a half behind.’
      • ‘Jen breezed through her third and fourth period with the same ease that she had the rest of the day.’
      • ‘The 11-piece orchestra breezes through Sullivan's tunes.’
      • ‘The book, written in her signature style, breezes through a variety of situations.’
      • ‘We watched as a gray dove breezed through the sky, without care.’
      • ‘But after breezing through her new book, I have to say, the girl is funny.’
      • ‘It's heartening to see her perspiring; she isn't just breezing through the workout.’
      • ‘After breezing through the preliminary heat, Carrington moved on to the semi-finals.’
      • ‘You know your parents are going to be disappointed, especially since your older sister breezes through math with A's.’
      • ‘She breezed through high school, balancing her studies with music and field hockey.’
      • ‘White breezed through the pre-experiment tests with great ease.’

Phrases

  • shoot the breeze

Origin

Mid 16th century: probably from Old Spanish and Portuguese briza ‘NE wind’ (the original sense in English).

Pronunciation

breeze

/briz//brēz/

Main definitions of breeze in US English:

: breeze1breeze2

breeze2

noun

  • Small cinders mixed with sand and cement to make cinder blocks.

Origin

Late 16th century: from French braise, (earlier) brese ‘live coals’.

Pronunciation

breeze

/briz//brēz/