|Noah Webster's Dictionary|
1. (v. i.) To respire; to inhale and exhale air; hence;, to live.
2. (v. i.) To take breath; to rest from action.
3. (v. i.) To pass like breath; noiselessly or gently; to exhale; to emanate; to blow gently.
4. (v. t.) To inhale and exhale in the process of respiration; to respire.
5. (v. t.) To inject by breathing; to infuse; -- with into.
6. (v. t.) To emit or utter by the breath; to utter softly; to whisper; as, to breathe a vow.
7. (v. t.) To exhale; to emit, as breath; as, the flowers breathe odors or perfumes.
8. (v. t.) To express; to manifest; to give forth.
9. (v. t.) To act upon by the breath; to cause to sound by breathing.
10. (v. t.) To promote free respiration in; to exercise.
11. (v. t.) To suffer to take breath, or recover the natural breathing; to rest; as, to breathe a horse.
12. (v. t.) To put out of breath; to exhaust.
13. (v. t.) To utter without vocality, as the nonvocal consonants.
Int. Standard Bible Encyclopedia
BREATH; BREATHE; BREATHING
breth, breth, breath'-ing: In the English Versions of the Bible of the Old Testament "breath" is the rendering of neshamah, and of ruach. These words differ but slightly in meaning, both signifying primarily "wind," then "breath," though the former suggests a gentler blowing, the latter often a blast. As applied to persons there is no very clear distinction between the words. Yet in general one may say that of the two neshamah is employed preferably of breath regarded physiologically: "vital breath," hence, the vital principle, "Soul (animal) life" (compare Genesis 2:7; Genesis 7:22 Job 27:3, where both words occur; Da 5:23); while ruach (though it, too, sometimes signifies "vital breath") is the word generally employed where the breath is regarded physically-breath or blast as an act or force-and so is related to the will or the emotions, whence the meaning "spirit," also sometimes "thought," "purpose" (compare Job 4:9; Job 9:18 Psalm 18:15; Psalm 146:4 Ezekiel 37:5, 6, 8, 9, 10). The examples cited, however, and other passages reveal a lack of uniformity of usage. Yet generally ruach is the expression, neshamah, the principle, of life. Yet when employed of God they of course signify the principle, not of His own life, but of that imparted to His creatures. "Breathe" in English Versions of the Bible of the Old Testament requires no remark except at Psalm 27:12 ("such as breathe out cruelty"), from yaphach, "to breathe hard," "to snort" (compare Acts 9:1). In the New Testament "breath" (pnoe) occurs once Acts 17:25 in the plain sense of vital principle, the gift of God. "Breathed" is employed in John 20:22 of our Lord's concrete symbolism of the giving of the Spirit. In Acts 9:1 Saul's "breathing threatening and slaughter" is literally "snorting," etc., and the nouns are partitive genitives, being the element of which he breathed.
See also SPIRIT.
J. R. Van Pelt
Breathe (17 Occurrences)
Joshua 10:40 So Joshua struck all the land, the hill country, and the South, and the lowland, and the slopes, and all their kings. He left none remaining, but he utterly destroyed all that breathed, as Yahweh, the God of Israel, commanded. (Root in WEB KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)
Joshua 11:11 They struck all the souls who were in it with the edge of the sword, utterly destroying them. There was no one left who breathed. He burnt Hazor with fire. (Root in WEB KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS NAS RSV NIV)
Joshua 11:14 The children of Israel took all the spoil of these cities, with the livestock, as spoils for themselves; but every man they struck with the edge of the sword, until they had destroyed them. They didn't leave any who breathed. (Root in WEB KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS NAS RSV NIV)
Job 11:20 And the eyes of the wicked are consumed, And refuge hath perished from them, And their hope 'is' a breathing out of soul! (See NAS RSV)
Job 31:39 If its strength I consumed without money, And the life of its possessors, I have caused to breathe out, (YLT)
Psalms 12:5 Because of the spoiling of the poor, Because of the groaning of the needy, Now do I arise, saith Jehovah, I set in safety 'him who' doth breathe for it. (YLT)
Psalms 27:12 Don't deliver me over to the desire of my adversaries, for false witnesses have risen up against me, such as breathe out cruelty. (WEB KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV)
Psalms 57:4 My soul is in the midst of lions; I lie down among them that breathe out flames, the sons of men, whose teeth are spears and arrows, and their tongue a sharp sword. (DBY NAS)
Psalms 150:6 All that doth breathe doth praise Jah! Praise ye Jah! (YLT RSV)
Proverbs 6:19 A false witness that breatheth out lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren. (Root in JPS YLT RSV)
Song of Songs 2:17 Until the day be cool, and the shadows flee away, Turn, my beloved, and be thou like a roe or a young hart Upon the mountains of Bether. (See JPS RSV)
Song of Songs 4:6 Until the day be cool, and the shadows flee away, I will get me to the mountain of myrrh, And to the hill of frankincense. (See JPS RSV)
Song of Songs 4:16 Awake, O north wind, and come, O south, Cause my garden to breathe forth, its spices let flow, Let my beloved come to his garden, And eat its pleasant fruits! (YLT NAS)
Jeremiah 15:9 Languished hath the bearer of seven, She hath breathed out her spirit, Gone in hath her sun while yet day, It hath been ashamed and confounded, And their residue to the sword I give up before their enemies, An affirmation of Jehovah. (Root in YLT NIV)
Ezekiel 21:31 And I will let loose my burning passion on you, breathing out on you the fire of my wrath: and I will give you up into the hands of men like beasts, trained to destruction. (See NIV)
Ezekiel 37:9 Then said he to me, Prophesy to the wind, prophesy, son of man, and tell the wind, Thus says the Lord Yahweh: Come from the four winds, breath, and breathe on these slain, that they may live. (WEB KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)
Daniel 10:17 And how is the servant of this my lord able to speak with this my lord? as for me, henceforth there remaineth in me no power, yea, breath hath not been left in me. (See NIV)