Breath is air passing in and out of the lungs during expansion and contraction. It is the most important ingredient of physical life. A person can live for thirty days without food, but if he stops breathing for ten minutes, he is dead. Breathing exchanges life-sustaining oxygen for deadly carbon monoxide. Breath is essential to man (
A striking contrast in the fig. meaning of breath is found in
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (1915)
See also SPIRIT.
J. R. Van Pelt