Definitions for: Expiration


[n] the act of expelling air from the lungs
[n] euphemistic expressions for death; "thousands mourned his passing"
[n] a coming to an end of a contract period; "the expiry of his driver's license"



Webster (1913) Definition: Ex`pi*ra"tion, n. [L. expiratio,exspiratio: cf. F.
expiration. See Expire.]
1. The act of expiring; as:
(a) (Physiol.) The act or process of breathing out, or
forcing air from the lungs through the nose or mouth;
as, respiration consists of inspiration and
expiration; -- opposed to inspiration.
(b) Emission of volatile matter; exhalation.

The true cause of cold is an expiration from the
globe of the earth. --Bacon.
(c) The last emission of breath; death. ``The groan of
expiration.'' --Rambler.
(d) A coming to a close; cessation; extinction;
termination; end.

Before the expiration of thy time. --Shak.

2. That which is expired; matter breathed forth; that which
is produced by breathing out, as a sound.

The aspirate ``he,'' which is . . . a gentle
expiration. --G. Sharp.

Synonyms: breathing out, departure, exhalation, exit, expiry, going, loss, passing, release, termination

See Also: blow, breath, breathing, cough, coughing, death, decease, end, ending, external respiration, huffing, puff, puffing, respiration, snorting, ventilation, wind

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