Breathless



without breath or breathing with difficulty; gasping; panting:
We were breathless after the steep climb.
with the breath held, as in suspense, astonishment, fear, or the like:
breathless listeners of the mystery story.
causing loss of breath, as from excitement, anticipation, or tension:
a breathless ride.
dead; lifeless.
motionless or still, as air without a breeze:
a breathless summer day.
Contemporary Examples

Nora Ephron, Dead at 71, Remembered for Wit and Wisdom Nancy Hass June 26, 2012
5 Revelations of Abuse From the Expose of Abuse at Horace Mann Matthew DeLuca June 8, 2012
Brace Yourself: October Election Surprises Surely on the Way Matt Lewis October 30, 2014
Grief: The Real Monster in The Babadook Tim Teeman December 18, 2014
Why Americans Should Love the World Cup Sean Wilsey June 11, 2014

Historical Examples

The Story of a Mine Bret Harte
Still Jim Honor Willsie Morrow
Possessed Cleveland Moffett
Deerbrook Harriet Martineau
Sonia Married Stephen McKenna

adjective
out of breath; gasping, etc
holding one’s breath or having it taken away by excitement, etc: a breathless confrontation
(esp of the atmosphere) motionless and stifling
(rare) lifeless; dead
adj.

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