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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

Ken Follett’s Book Bag: Five Greatest Trilogies Ken Follett September 17, 2012
Lame Duck Laughs From Political Pranksters Olivia Nuzzi March 31, 2014
Trayvon Was Black. It Matters. Mark Geragos July 14, 2013
A Cuomo-Christie Proxy War? Ben Jacobs December 2, 2013
The Anne Hathaway Hatred Is Out of Control Kevin Fallon March 3, 2013

Historical Examples

Mollie’s Prince Rosa Nouchette Carey
Masterpieces of Mystery Various
The Little Minister J. M. Barrie
The Coyote James Roberts
The Crimson Gardenia and Other Tales of Adventure Rex Beach

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


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