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BREATH, med. juris. The air expelled from the chest at each expiration.
     2. Breathing, though a usual sign of life, is not conclusive that a child was wholly born alive, as breathing may take place before the whole delivery of the mother is complete. 5 Carr. & Payn, 329; S. C. 24 E. C. L. R. 344. Vide Birth; Life; Infanticide.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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"How do I know these things," the mother asks her daughter, whose only response is a stream of images, the accidents of the day, held "still as caught breath." You carrying the stillness like an extra sense, I sitting without stirring, as you tell me how soft the earth was, how the morning opened before you and the deer stepped into it.
The audience, en-masse, sighed and caught breath audibly and the dynamic and fervent pas-de-deux between Tom Ward and Simon Cooper aroused such emotion that, at the final curtain we all (me amongst them) leapt to our feet, weeping tears of real joy.
I lead them to discover the roots of their own feelings so that they are able to free themselves from acting thoughtlessly, guided only by the quickened heartbeat and caught breath of anxiety."