Definition of breather in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈbrēT͟Hər/


1 [in singular] informal A brief pause for rest: the director is taking a breather from his furious schedule
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  • We stopped to take a breather after playing one-on-one for an hour.
  • I stopped to take a breather as the picture on the screen changed.
  • They ran for a good hour before Michi stopped to take a breather.
2A vent or valve to release pressure or to allow air to move freely around something: a cask breather [as modifier]: a breather pipe
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  • Taking the breather cover off, he studied the carburetor valve.
  • Returning the screwdrivers to the tool box, he unscrewed the breather cover.
  • Replace the breather if the valve shows signs of wear or will not open and close easily.
3A person or animal that breathes in a particular way, or breathes a particular substance: a heavy breather [in combination]: reptiles are lung-breathers
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  • So take a good look at your weights, heavy breathers.
  • Heavy breathers should maintain a distance of four inches between mouth and phone.
  • I awoke to the sound of a heavy breather in the other bed.

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Syllabification: breath·er

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