a pause, as for breath.
vigorous exercise that causes heavy breathing.
a person who breathes.
a vent in a container or covering, as in a casing for machinery or in a storage tank, to equalize interior and exterior pressure, permit entry of air, escape of fumes, or the like.
a device for providing air from the atmosphere to submerged or otherwise sealed-off persons, internal-combustion engines, etc.:
the snorkel breather of a submarine.
Contemporary Examples

What the Stars Hold for Your Week Starsky + Cox July 7, 2011
A Play’s Political Game Thomas Wide November 28, 2010
‘Breaking Bad’ Finale, ‘Homeland’ Premiere: How to Survive DVRmageddon Jason Lynch September 28, 2013
Horoscopes: The Week of March 27 Starsky + Cox March 25, 2011
Excerpts From a New Johnny Cash Biography Capture His Iconoclastic Genius Robert Hilburn October 25, 2013

Historical Examples

The Lighter Side of School Life Ian Hay
Adventures in the Arts Marsden Hartley
History of Ancient Art Franz von Reber
A Mating in the Wilds Ottwell Binns
My Man Jeeves P. G. Wodehouse

(informal) a short pause for rest
a person who breathes in a specified way: a deep breather
a vent in a container to equalize internal and external pressure, such as the pipe in the crankcase of an internal-combustion engine
a small opening in a room, container, cover, etc, supplying air for ventilation


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