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Breath

Breath

1. The air inhaled and exhaled in respiration, air which, in the process of respiration, has parted with oxygen and has received carbonic acid, aqueous vapor, warmth, etc. Melted as breath into the wind. (Shak)

2. The act of breathing naturally or freely; the power or capacity to breathe freely; as, i am out of breath.

3. The power of respiration, and hence, life. Thou takest away their breath, they die. (Ps. Civ. 29)

4. Time to breathe; respite; pause. Give me some breath, some little pause. (Shak)

5. A single respiration, or the time of making it; a single act; an instant. He smiles and he frowns in a breath. (Dryden)

6. That which gives or strengthens life. The earthquake voice of victory, to thee the breath of life. (Byron)

7. A single word; the slightest effort; a triffle. A breath can make them, as a breath has made. (Goldsmith)

8. A very slight breeze; air in gentle motion. Calm and unruffled as a summer's sea, when not a breath of wind flies o'er its surface. (Addison)

9. Fragrance; exhalation; odour; perfume. The breath of flowers. (Bacon)

10. Gentle exercise, causing a quicker respiration. An after dinner's breath. (Shak) Out of breath, breathless, exhausted; breathing with difficulty. Under one's breath, in low tones.

Origin: oe. Breth, breeth, as. Br odour, scent, breath; cf. OHG. Bradam s 3d5 team, vapor, breath, g. Brodem, and possibly E. Brawn, and breed.


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... aren't even technically required for speech. Getting back to the point however, as I mentioned from my reading we can more precisely control our breath which may, among other morphological differences, enable us to make sounds that our closest living relatives (chimpanzees) can't. So my question ...

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by NMLevesque
Wed Nov 20, 2013 10:10 pm
 
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Topic: Are bidirectional lungs essential for human speech?
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Are bidirectional lungs essential for human speech?

... system, or really any sort of unidirectional lungs, would have on human speech. As far as I know we have somewhat more precise control over our 'breath' than chimps, and due to certain morphological differences are better able to, for lack of a better term, enunciate. So I would imagine any change ...

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Tue Nov 19, 2013 10:53 pm
 
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Re: Is voluntary death from breath-holding possible?

No, they won't asphyxiate. They will only have a delayed impulse breath due to the reduced CO2 levels in their blood. The impulse breath is guided by the autonomic nervous system that is responding to mounting CO2 levels in the blood and falling O2 levels ...

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by daniel.kurz
Thu Oct 24, 2013 7:31 pm
 
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Topic: Is voluntary death from breath-holding possible?
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Is voluntary death from breath-holding possible?

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Re: oxygen "grabbers" haemoglobin adaptation?

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