ETYM Old Eng. breth, breeth, as. braeth odor, scent, breath; cf. Old High Germ. brâdam steam, vapor, breath, German brodem, and possibly Eng. Brawn, and Breed.
1. The process of taking in and expelling air during breathing.
2. The air that is inhaled and exhaled in respiration.
3. A slight movement of the air.
4. A short respite; SYN. breather, breathing place, breathing space, breathing spell, breathing time.