(redirected from breathing)
Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Medical, Idioms, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.
Related to breathing: Breathing rate, Breathing mechanism

RESPIRATION, Med. jur. Breathing, which consists of the drawing into, inhaling, or more technically, inspiring, atmospheric air into the lungs, and then: forcing out, expelling, or technically expiring, from the lungs the air therein. Chit. Med. Jur. 92 and 416, note n.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
References in classic literature ?
Breathing again, breathing!" he muttered to himself.
And thus when Liza entered, holding Nana, the nursery seemed quite its old self, very dark, and you would have sworn you heard its three wicked inmates breathing angelically as they slept.
Nana knew that kind of breathing, and she tried to drag herself out of Liza's clutches.
Ned, too, finally succumbed to the overpowering weariness of the first day of travel, and he, too, slept, though it was an uneasy slumber, disturbed by a feeling as though some one were holding a heavy black quilt over his head, preventing him from breathing.
He listened and could tell by the continued heavy and regular breathing of his chum that Tom was still asleep.
The cold, that smote to my marrow, and the pain I felt in breathing, overcame me.
"There lies antique beauty, not corpse-like even in death, but arrested in the complete contentment of its sensuous perfection: and here stands beauty in its breathing life, with the consciousness of Christian centuries in its bosom.
There is a difference in their very breathing: they change from moment to moment.--This woman whom you have just seen, for example: how would you paint her voice, pray?
Breathing is intermediate between the two: we normally breathe without the help of the will, but we can alter or stop our breathing if we choose.
Jasper's breathing was so remarkably short'--thus discreetly does Mr.
Jasper's steadiness of face and figure becomes so marvellous that his breathing seems to have stopped.
There was no need to think them dead, for their stertorous breathing and the acrid smell of laudanum in the room left no doubt as to their condition.