Spent with labor or violent action exhausted
- maintaining trigger suspension of regular respiration
- appearing dead; maybe not breathing or having no perceptible pulse
- not breathing or capable breathe except with difficulty
- devoted with work or violent action; exhausted.
- Not breathing; holding the breathing, because of worry, expectation, or intense interest; attended with a holding regarding the breath; because, breathless attention.
- Dead; as, a breathless body.
The irrational babble of fans so enthusiastic that they hardly make every effort to breathe in between their incoherent statements of blind praise.
belated 14c., "unable to breathe," from air + -less. Meaning "out of breath, panting" is from mid-15c. Made use of from 1590s when you look at the sense "dead." Meaning "forgetting to inhale considering pleasure, awe, expectation, etc." is recorded from 1802. Relevant: Breathlessly; breathlessness.
(a.) devoted with work or violent activity; breathless.
- (a.) Not respiration; holding the breath, because of worry, expectation, or intense interest; attended with a holding associated with breathing; since, breathless attention.
- (a.) Dead; as, a breathless human anatomy.
Who are you? asked Anatole in a breathless whisper.